TRAVEL VISA REQUIREMENT COSTLY FOR SAMOAS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Aug. 7) - American Samoa
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni said it is proving difficult to obtain a waiver
from a new rule requiring travel to New Zealand to obtain a U.S. travel visa.

Under the new U.S. State Department policy, all applicants for
non-immigrant visas must appear for a personal interview before a consular
office, which means Samoans will have to travel to New Zealand.

Faleomavaega is hoping to secure exceptions to the interview or
that an additional State Department official be posted to Apia for the interview
process. 

However he has not been successful in his bid yet.

"At this point in time it's very difficult because it's a
new policy and they're just trying to assure this is evenly applied to all the
regions and throughout all the embassies in the world," he said.

Faleomavega said he would continue to push for a waiver as many
American Samoans are married to Samoans and it is not feasible for spouses or
family to travel to New Zealand in order to be granted a visa

August 7, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

 

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