US beckons tourists from Malaysia

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 19 Oct 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: For the first time, the American Embassy has set up a pavilion at the Matta fair to help regain the confidence of Malaysians travelling to the United States.  

Travel and tours information was readily available and visa officers were on hand to answer queries on visa applications. 

According to US Commercial Service counsellor William Zarit, Malaysians should not be overly worried their visa would not be approved. 

“The US visa issuance rates for Malaysians, including students, are among the highest in the world. 

“There is no delay scheduling a visa interview in Malaysia and visa issuance for the majority of applicants can normally be accomplished in less than a week,” said Zarit. 

However, he encouraged applicants to initiate applications well in advance of planned travel due to some additional processing requirements in certain cases. 

The commercial service unit's “See America” pavilion aimed to put Malaysians at ease again about visiting the US.  

Other exhibitors at the pavilion included The Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey which promoted the two cities.  

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