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September 13, 2006

Immigration rules bug Brits

There is an article about investment visas by Kelly Griffith, Sentinel Staff Writer, posted September 10, 2006.

"Visa delays choke businesses as 'pervasive' problems persist

DAVENPORT -- A "broken" immigration system is pushing some families oceans apart as rules tightened by terrorist fears create frustrating backlogs and other obstacles for foreign business owners in Central Florida.

The U.S. Embassy in London is taking about twice as long as it once did to hand out some travel and business visas and to process some visas for British citizens hoping to open businesses in the United States, embassy officials say.

Those delays are driving millions of dollars from the Central Florida economy as sales of businesses are delayed or fall through while sellers -- often Americans -- are frustrated by the lengthy process, says immigration attorney James LaVigne of Orlando, president of the local British-American Chamber of Commerce".

Kelly Griffith can be reached at kgriffith@orlandosentinel.com or 863-422-5908.

At; http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/southwest/orl-swbritwoes1006sep10,0,4433794.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-swest

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 13, 2006 07:37 AM


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