U.S. Promises to Reduce Delays in Granting Visas for Scientists

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Science  12 Jun 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5933, pp. 1377
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_1377a

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The U.S. government has streamlined procedures for processing visa applications from foreign students and researchers trying to enter the United States. Officials say these changes, announced last week, should make a lasting improvement in a review process that at times has resulted in long delays, pinched the flow of scientific talent into the country, and stymied scientific collaborations. But, citing security concerns, they have declined to spell out how the new approach differs from current practices, which have yo-yoed since the September 2001 terrorist attacks.