US Ambassador Mark Gitenstein: Obama proposes to change Visa Waiver acceptance criteria by taking into account just those who exceeded legal stay not the refusal rate
Currently, to join Visa Waiver, the refusal needs to be below 3%. Romania’s rate is about 30%. The Ambassador insisted that even if about 70% of the Romanians who apply for a visa also receive it, Romania needs to do more to drop the refusal rates. According to the US Ambassador, if the law proposed by the President passes the way it is, it might significantly impact Romania’s chances to join Visa Waiver.