Israel to win U.S. visa exemption


Israelis may soon be able to visit the United States without applying for a visa.

The U.S. Congress approved a bill last week allowing the citizens of several countries, including Israel, to enter the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa.

If approved by President Bush, the legislation will replace current regulations that require a nation’s U.S. entry-refusal rate to be less than 3 percent before that country’s citizens can enjoy visa-waiver status. Under the new measure, the limit for 12 countries, including Israel, would be raised to 10 percent.

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