McCarthy: U.S. House to Take Up Legislation on Visa Waivers This Week

Washington (Reuters) -

The U.S. House of Representatives will take up a bill this week to help tighten border control in the wake of the Nov. 13 attack in France. The bill will focus on toughening entry requirements for those traveling from “visa waiver” nations, said a top Republican on Wednesday.

“Now we’re looking at the visa waiver program – those gaps and vulnerabilities in that,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on CNN. “You’re going to see a bill roll out later this week and pass next week as well.”

Under the program, travelers from 38 countries, including much of Western Europe, can embark for the United States without first getting a visa from a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country. About 20 million visitors a year enter the United States under the program, which allows them to stay 90 days.