New Passport Rules May Create Attendee Challenges

The United States may be unwilling to grant another extension to the deadline of October 26, 2005, which requires 27 visa waiver countries to provide their citizens with biometric passports. Once the deadline expires those travelers from countries that have not started to produce biometric passports will have to obtain visas to travel to the United States when their current passports have expired.

U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (R-Wis.), in a March 31 letter, told Franco Frattini

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