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Visa Denied:
How Anti-Arab Visa Policies Destroy US Exports, Jobs and Higher Education
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In the aftermath of 9/11 US visa processing in the Arab world has ground to a halt.   US consulates formerly striving to outsource key visa processes to travel agencies before the terror attacks are now paralyzed and fearful.  Under funded and insufficient security review processes leave Arab executives, prospective students, and vacation travelers in limbo for years or looking for alternative destinations.  Shabby treatment of those who successfully run the visa gauntlet leaves many vowing never to return to the US.  How much has it cost? The damage assessment is now in:
  • Total US manufacturing jobs sustained by Arab market demand reached 215,000 in the year 2005, but could have been 420,000 with more effective and non-discriminatory US visa policies.
  • Arab business and tourist travelers remained at half their 2001 levels, creating five year travel related service losses of $1.775 billion and 4,126 potential service jobs.
  • In 2005 Arab student enrollment in the US higher education system reached only 66% of the 2001 level. The US higher education system lost $1.989 billion in revenue and 9,000 education and support service jobs.

The 200 page Visa Denied report quantifies the damage done to US exporters, travel related service industries and the higher education system.  Visa Denied recommends steps to correct and realign a severely degraded system to the true opportunity cost of flawed and sometimes discriminatory policies.  Visa Denied traces a path from freewheeling days of outsourced national security of the State Department "Visa Express" system exploited by 9/11 hijackers toward the secure, efficient, and color blind visa policy American stakeholders expect and deserve. 

Table of Contents and Individual Chapters

1.0 Executive Summary (.1 MB PDF)  
2.0 Free Travel and Free Trade: The US National Interest  (1.4 MB PDF)
3.0 The Trade Consequences of US Visa Barriers (6.4 MB PDF)
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Affected Industries 
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Key US State Stakeholders 
4.0 Turning Away the World's Highest-Spending Tourists (.4 MB PDF)
5.0 Cutting America's Link to Tomorrow's Leaders (1.3 MB PDF)
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Fixing the Fulbright
6.0 Country-Level Damage Assessment
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)United Arab Emirates
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)The Dubai Ports World Debacle
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Politics vs. National Security Concerns
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)DPW Analysis and Lessons Learned
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Saudi Arabia
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)2005: A Year of Missed Opportunities
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Egypt
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Kuwait
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Algeria
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Qatar
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Iraq
7.0 Conclusions: Restoring Visitors and Trade
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Appendix - Opportunity Cost Methodology
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Travel and Tourism
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Arab Students
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Arab Market Imports from the US
spacerb.gif (865 bytes)Direct and Indirect Manufacturing-Related US Job Creation
Appendix � Best Case US Share of Arab Import Market by Country
Appendix � Actual US Share of Arab Import Market by Country
Appendix - Arab Student Enrollment in US Higher Education by Country of Origin
Appendix - Total Direct US Manufacturing Jobs Generated by Exports to the Arab Market (By Industry)
Appendix - Direct US Manufacturing Jobs Generated by Exports to the Arab Market (By Origin of Movement)
Appendix - Direct and Indirect US Jobs Generated by Manufactures Exports to the Arab Market (PDF)



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