US and Brazil establish working group for Visa Waiver Program

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  1. jbcarioca
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    US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Brazil Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriot signed a Statement of Intent to establish a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) Working Group yesterday in Brasilia.

    http://www.defpro.com/news/details/37421/?SID=538fcc464e2d89f9ed012332e0e55e01

    Finally there is the formal process for VWP as well as other agreements, including one on aviation security. These complement the Open Skies agreement that was signed some time ago.

    Nobody knows how long the process will take, but one person close to the proceedings suggested it may be "sooner than you think", whatever that means. This agreement is an important step to increasing Brazilian tourism and business with the US, important goals for both the US and Brazil.
     
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    This would be good news. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    IMO it can't happen soon enough.
     
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    This is already on a fast track..... a friend of mine at the State Department tells me that this is coming a lot sooner rather than later....
     
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    That is good news. I have heard zero since the first announcement. The benefits for both countries will be substantial, not to mention the benefit to the airlines and hotels in both countries, but probably first of all, Orlando!:)
     
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    Yeah... Orlando will become the Northern Hemisphere Brazi-loche... :D
     
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    Any idea when "sooner" might be? :)
     
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    that is great news. thanks for sharing
     
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    Can your friend tell you what the future will be in Venezuela? A new president could help our current non-existent relationship with the US in immigration matters.

    Can a brother at least qualify for the E-2 Visa? Please.
     
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    This would make visiting Rio 2012 MUCH easier. ;)
     
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    not too many months left in teh year for this to happen!;)
     
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    haha - heck, London has just died down and my sister is already talking about 2016..lol
     
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    Im afraid I see no chance of Venezuela and Argentina getting anywhere close to fast-track for another 6-7 years, at least.....
     
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    The official word remains that the first formal working group meeting is to be in early November, I wonder if the insight from your friend implies that they'll shortcut the working group process and move almost immediately to implementation. Do you know?

    The odds for Venezuela approach zero, I think, and Argentina not very soon, if the published numbers are accurate because both appear to have percentages of visa overstays that are too high for the US Visa Waiver process. Brazil appears to be on the list because Brazilians per capita are the third largest spenders in the US, and there is quite large agitation from Florida and New York retailers, among others, to make it easier for them to get the Brazilian's money. The same argument is easy to make for the Venezuelans, in particular, but the absolute numbers are smaller and there is the current political tension also. Argentina is a very longstanding case that is unique, probably,IIRC.
     
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    Let me check with my source and get back to you....
     
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