About the Author: Ken Chavez is a spokesperson for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which has responsibility for adjudicating U.S. visas for all international visitors who require them.
This week, I was privileged to join our Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services, David Donahue, in representing the State Department at the International Pow Wow in Los Angeles. Hosted each year by the U.S. Travel Association, the Pow Wow is the industry’s premier marketplace for international travel. Exhibitors from America’s top vacation spots meet with tour organizers and travel agents from around the world who are eager to bring international visitors to the United States.
You might wonder what the State Department is doing at a show like the Pow Wow. While a significant number of international visitors (65 percent) don’t need a visa to visit the United States, we are streamlining the visa process for those who do.
The State Department plays an important role… more »