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Academy Asks to Ease Visas for Scholars

Science  20 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5602, pp. 2305-2307
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5602.2305b

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Security reviews are causing delays that threaten the health of U.S. science, say the leaders of the National Academies, which last week called on the government to fast-track foreign researchers seeking to enter the country. They ask the Department of State to reinstate a "precleared" status for foreign scientists who travel frequently to the United States, create a special visa for researchers with solid credentials and invitations from U.S. scientists, and consult with U.S. scientists on which fields should raise red flags.