GAO recently found the federal departments of State, Homeland Security
and Justice could better manage their visa process if they shared
information in a more effective manner.
an October 2002 study, GAO found State did not provide clear policies
on how consular officers should balance national security with the
desire to facilitate legitimate travel when issuing visas.
also found State and Justice disagreed on the evidence needed to
deny a visa on terrorism grounds.
a June 2003 report by GAO found the visa revocation process was
not being used aggressively to alert homeland-security and law-enforcement
agencies that individuals who entered the country before their visas
were revoked might be security risks; and the process broke down
when information on revocations was not being shared between State
and appropriate immigration and law-enforcement officials.
weaknesses diminish the effectiveness of the visa process in keeping
potential terrorists out of the United Sates,” GAO said.