The bills would make an overstay rate of less than 3 percent the primary qualifying criteria for a nation’s membership in the program. Current policy uses a country’s rate of visa refusals, which many experts think is an outdated method of assessing security risks.
Among the newest members of the Visa Waiver Program are the Czech Republic, Malta, Slovakia, Latvia and South Korea.
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