September 8, 2015
Thank you for contacting me regarding travel visa regulations. I appreciate knowing your thoughts and input on this important issue.
As you may know, the Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of other countries to stay in the United States for 90 days before they are required to obtain a visa. This program is available to individuals wishing to stay for business and leisure, and currently covers individuals from 38 countries.
On March 17, 2015 Congressman Joseph Heck (R-NV) introduced H.R. 1401, the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act (JOLT). This legislation aims to strengthen and expand the Visa Waiver Program, facilitating travel and adding security measures. H.R. 1401 would tighten passport requirements, direct the Department of Homeland Security to better integrate information for vetting of applicants, and make numerous voluntary security measures mandatory. As you mentioned, this bill would also add Poland to the countries able to participate in the Visa Waiver Program.
H.R. 1401 has been referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. While I do not serve upon this committee, I think you'll be happy to know that I cosponsored this legislation last Congress, and I will continue to monitor it closely this year. Additionally, should this bill come before the House of Representatives for a vote, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.
Thank you again for contacting me and sharing your concerns on this important issue. Please feel free to contact my office again if we can assist you in any way.
Member of Congress