Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Colombia: With FTT, Robust Economic Development, Less Drug Trafficking, 500,000 Colombians Visit US

According to The Latin American Tribune, a record 500,000 Colombians this year have requested a US visa and 85% of those requests have been granted, the U.S. Consular Section in Bogotá after the milestone was reached.

Some 94% of the visas granted this year were for tourism and business, along with some 7,000 student visas, the Embassy reported.

COMMENT: “This phenomenon is not coincidence. The good period through which the country is passing from the economic and social point of view has made Colombian citizens some of the main visitors from the region to the United States,” said US Consul General Roberto Powers.

The diplomat emphasized that the entry into force last year of the Free Trade Treaty (FTT) between Bogotá and Washington had made the process of requesting visas more dynamic.

Currently, the US consular section of the Embassy receives some 2,500 visa requests each day, a figure that represents a 37% increase over 2012.