At one time, the paperwork for international meeting attendees to get a visa to enter the United States was largely a formality. 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 affairs for the Travel Industry ...

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