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Entry and Visa Systems Reform

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The Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC) strongly advocates for entry and visa systems reform in both countries. Tourism and business travel is increasingly important for growth, job creation, and innovation in the United States and Brazil. Expanding travel between both countries also fosters cooperation and mutual understanding, contributing to a lasting partnership between the two countries. You can access a short overview of U.S. - Brazil tourism statistics here along with the full report by the U.S. Travel Association here.
 
Discover America Partnership
 
As part of its advocacy efforts, BUSBC is a part of the Discover America Partnership (DAP) working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Travel Association and other business associations and companies to engage the U.S. Congress and administration on entry and visa systems reform.
 
Priorities
 
BUSBC key policy reform goals include the following:
  • Entry System Reform
U.S.-Brazil Global Entry Pilot (GEP) Program
 
BUSBC supports the implementation of a trusted traveler Global Entry Pilot (GEP) program between the United States and Brazil to allow for expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. On January 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed the establishment of GEP to its Brazilian counterpart and on their April 9, 2012, joint statement President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff affirmed that they “discussed the ‘Global Entry’ pilot-program and praised the efforts of both governments to facilitate travel, to the benefit of their respective citizens.” BUSBC believes GEP to be a first step towards a full-fledged reciprocal Global Entry program between both countries.
 
U.S. Global Entry Program
 
BUSBC urges the U.S. government to include Brazil in the U.S. Global Entry program and to secure Brazilian reciprocity for U.S. citizens travelling to Brazil. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.
  • Visa System Reform
U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
 
BUSBC strongly supports the U.S. government to include Brazil in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and to secure Brazilian reciprocity for U.S. citizens travelling to Brazil. The VWP enables nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Recognizing the importance of VWP, President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced on their April 9, 2012, joint statement their commitment “to work closely together to satisfy the requirements of the of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and Brazil’s applicable legislation to enable U.S. and Brazilian citizens visa free travel.” On July 11, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Brazilian Minister of External Relations Antonio Patriota issued a joint statement toward cooperation on travel facilitation establishing a bilateral Working Group on Visa Issues (WGV). One of WGV’s key goals is to “be the platform to propose measures and procedures for the implementation of such presidential guidance, taking into account the requirements of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and Brazil’s applicable legislation.”