DHS easing restrictions on HIV-positive visitors to US Eric Firkel at 7:16 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] is preparing to implement a new regulation [text; fact sheet] that relaxes restrictions on issuing US visas to HIV-positive visitors. The regulation allows HIV-positive foreigners seeking to visit the US to receive temporary, non-immigrant visas without undergoing an individualized waiver process. In announcing the change [DHS press release], Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] said the regulation "significantly improves the opportunities for individuals seeking to visit the US who were previously inadmissible because of an HIV infection" while "while maintaining a high level of security at our borders." The regulation will allow some HIV-positive applicants to receive visas within one day, rather than waiting an average of 18 days for processing. The San Francisco Chronicle has more.
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