At one time, the paperwork to get a visa to enter the United States for a meeting was largely a formality—unless the visitor was an illegal immigration risk. Not anymore. The visa bottleneck clogged after 9/11, and most observers expect the situation to worsen before it eases. "Visa applications undergo much more scrutiny by multiple agencies, and this is increasing the wait time for many travelers and may be deterring travel to the U.S.," says Edward M. Fluhr, manager of legislative ...

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