Gitenstein: We’ll cooperate with Romanian Government to ‘educate’ visa applicants

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The new U.S. Ambassador in Bucharest Mark Gitenstein said on Thursday that the U.S. Embassy will co-work with the Romanian Government to ‘educate’ the U.S. entry visa applicants, so that the refusal rate should be diminished.

I think we could do a better job if Romania’s Government and we together contribute to the education of the U.S. entry visa applicants about how the process works. The Government and I held a talk on the matter. We hope it could help, said Ambassador Gitenstein, who met with PM Emil Boc on Wednesday.

The U.S. dignitary said his goal was a progress to be made in Romania’s joining the Waiver Visa programme, which requires the U.S. visa refusal rate to drop to 3, from 25 percent as it currently scores.

As a matter of fact, Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu said that most of the refusals had been caused by the fact that ‘people do not know how to fill in the forms,’ adding that the Romanian Foreign Ministry could initiate an information campaign about it, same as Hungary did.

The visa refusal rate for the Romanian citizens who want to travel to the United States dropped from 37 to 25 percent, but to join the Waiver Visa programme, Romania must meet several technical conditions, Romania’s Ambassador in Washington Adrian Cosmin Vierita has recently told.

‘We are on the right course, the refusal rate dwindled from 37 to 25 percent… The Americans assess the refusal rate, every year….

It has been proposed that a working group to be set up, including the competent Romanian authorities and the US Embassy in Bucharest, right to make an annual assessment of how things work, where it has been reached, and what else must be done,’ Vierita said.

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