In this executive order, President Obama called attention to the fact that in the last decade, the U.S. has had more than a 30 percent decrease in share of the global market. The President called for more efficient and new initiatives to better enable the U.S. to capitalize on economic opportunities presented by the travel and tourism industry.
Perhaps, however, the most significant portion of this executive order lies in the President's address of immigration in the U.S.
1. Increase nonimmigrant processing capacities in China and Brazil by 40 percent in 2012;
2. To ensure that at least 80 percent of nonimmigrant visa applicants are interviewed within 3 weeks of receipt of their application;
3. To increase the efforts to expand the visa waiver program and travel by nationals of visa waiver program participant countries; and
4. To expand reciprocal recognition programs for expedited travel.
Should these plans be put into constructive action, it could be a very positive move for foreigners, as it would directly affect those applying for employment based visas to work in the U.S. Further, by increasing processing capacities in both China and Brazil, the lag in time that have been seen in processing visas in these two major countries would be significantly improved.