10 Nov 2006

US eases policy on visa applications for Samoans

8:44 am on 10 November 2006

The United States government has eased its tough immigration policies for the Samoan people with the announcement of a new visa application system to start next month.

It will put a stop to the current system where applicants travel to the US Consular Office in Auckland, New Zealand, to apply and be interviewed for a visa for entry to the United States.

The change according to the US Embassy Charge d 'Affaires, George W Colvin, will only apply to Samoa as visa applications for other Pacific nations will continue to be handled in their office in Auckland.

The US Ambassador to Samoa says the change is part of an ongoing process to improve the level of service his office can offer the Samoan people.