Reconsider the proposed new 30 day limit for visitor visa holders in the U.S. sign now

Dear Sir,

The INS recently announced a proposal to eliminate the current minimum six months admission period for B-2 visitors (tourist visa category). This new regulation, which proposes to give the immigration officers arbitrary authority to limit the admission period to 30-days for tourists, will impact significantly the lives of millions of law-abiding citizens, residents and legally-admitted non-resident aliens (H1B workers, Students etc.) of the United States. Many new immigrants and non-immigrants of this country invite their parents and loved-ones to spend some time with their children, grandchildren, friends and relatives. Some of these tourists fly for more than 36 hours and spend over $1,500 on air tickets to get close to their family and friends. After spending excessive amounts of money on travel they lose the first week in getting over their jetlag. These visitors almost always depart within the time duration permitted by the INS, which typically is 6 months.

The proposed new rule of limiting tourist stays to 30 days is extremely short a time for family and friends to visit with each other given that they may not see each other for three to four years at a time. In situations when visiting parents are not able to communicate adequately with the INS officers due to language barriers, their stay will be limited to 30-days. This new regulation tends to fly in the face of the American philosophy of family values. When visiting parents and grandparents visit their kids in America they foster a strong bond with their children and grandchildren. These visitors almost always stay for durations longer than one month and depart within six months to a year per INS regulations. If the proposed ruling by INS is accepted after a 30-day review period, it will be extremely difficult for immigrant families to help their kids foster such strong bonds with their loved-ones. Many families will find themselves tangled in the INS paper maze to extend their visitors' stays soon after their arrival in the United States.

We urge the INS in the strongest possible terms to re-consider this new proposal and automatically allow a minimum stay of 6-months to close family members visiting the United States with option to extend that for an additional six months. We, as law-abiding citizens, residents and legally-admitted non-resident aliens, share the common American goal of fighting terrorists, while at the same time, keeping the American dream alive and maintaining the American way of life. We urge all concerned people residing in the United States to voice their opposition to this proposal by signing this petition as well as writing individually to the INS at [email protected]

Best regards,

Pradeep Bhatia San Mateo, California [email protected]

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Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch, Immigration and Naturalization Service

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