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see you in the usa

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SEE YOU
 
IN THE
 
U.S.A.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE / BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION PROGRAMS
SEPTEMBER 2005
 
EPTEMBER 
 
2005 
Editor Thomas E. Cooney Managing Editor Rebecca Ford MitchellContributing Editors Merle David Kellerhals, Jr.David A. Denny  Jacquelyn S. PorthCharlene PorterReference Specialists Samuel Moncrief AndersonGeorge BurkesJeffrey W. MasonVivian R. StahlPhoto Researchers George BrownTim BrownGloria CastroBarry Fitzgerald Ann Monroe JacobsCover Designer Christian LarsonPublisher Judith S. SiegelExecutive Editor Richard W. Huckaby Production Manager Christian Larson Assistant Production Managers Chloe D. EllisSylvia ScottEditorial Board Alexander C. FeldmanKathleen R. DavisFrancis B. Ward
Cover: Students boarding a plane in Bournemouth, England. (Copyright Air TeamImages 2005 Photo by Colin Work)
The Bureau of International Information Programs of theU.S. Department of State publishes ve electronic journalsunder the
eJournal USA 
logo
—Economic Perspectives, Global Issues, Issues of Democracy, Foreign Policy Agenda, and Society & Values 
—that examine major issues facing the United Statesand the international community as well as U.S. society, val-ues, thought, and institutions. Each of the ve is cataloguedby volume (the number of years in publication) and by num-ber (the number of issues that appear during the year).One new journal is published monthly in English and is fol-lowed two to four weeks later by versions in French, Portu-guese, Spanish, and Russian. Selected editions also appear in Arabic and Chinese, and other languages as needed.The opinions expressed in the journals do not necessarily reect the views or policies of the U.S. government. TheU.S. Department of State assumes no responsibility for thecontent and continued accessibility of Internet sites to whichthe journals link; such responsibility resides solely with thepublishers of those sites. Journal articles, photographs, andillustrations may be reproduced and translated outside theUnited States unless they carry explicit copyright restrictions,in which case permission must be sought from the copyrightholders noted in the journal. The Bureau of International Information Programs main-tains current and back issues in several electronic formats, as well as a list of upcoming journals, at
http://usinfo.state.gov/  journals/journals.htm 
. Comments are welcome at your localU.S. Embassy or at the editorial ofces:Editor,
eJournal USA: Foreign Policy Agenda 
IIP/T/ISU.S. Department of State301 4th Street S.W. Washington, D.C. 20547United States of AmericaE-mail: ejforpol@state.gov
 J 
OURNAL 
USA 
 
1
EPTEMBER 
 
2005 
 J 
OURNAL 
USA 
I
f you haven’t applied for avisa in the last two years,you might not be awarethat the United States has madeimpressive strides in coordinatingthe competing needs of protectingits borders and welcomingforeign visitors to its homeland. A commitment to fosteringinternational exchanges andmaintaining an open society is acontinuing hallmark of Americanvalues.Recent changes includeexpedited appointments forstudent and business visaapplications, better technology on biometric documents, andan increase in the number of immigration ofcials to assist visa applicants. Beyondthat, the United States continues to work on evenmore initiatives to make international travel faster andsafer.This
eJournal USA 
brings together theinformation you need to make your trip to the UnitedStates as easy as possible. It also denes the acronymsof U.S. government travel programs and explains howthese t in with those of other nations.“See You in the USA” makes clear that the UnitedStates wholeheartedly welcomes foreign visitors whodesire to study, conduct business, or simply see thesights in its very diverse 50 states.The journal begins with an explanation of border-crossing procedures andterms, followed by rst-personarticles of what is it like to be an American ofcial—a consularofcer and a customs and borderprotection ofcer—on the otherside of the window, trying todetermine who is a legitimateshort-term traveler.The following sectionacquaints the foreign visitor with some less familiar ways of approaching the United States,including the suggestion of an American musical tour by renowned music historian JohnEdward Hasse.Experts in internationalstudent exchange programs givetips on how to both seek admission and pay for a U.S.college education, while international students writeabout their time in the United States.Finally, a panel of government and businessexperts frankly discuss the issues around obtainingbusiness travel visas. This is followed by two businessexecutives—from Santiago, Chile and Hong Kong—describing their experiences with post-9/11 travel tothe United States.It concludes with a bibliography of relevantreadings and a list of useful Internet sites. We welcome you to this edition of 
eJournal USA 
.
The Editors 
 ABOUT THIS ISSUE
LAWA Photo by Jay Berkowitz

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