On January 17, 2006, Secretaries Rice and Chertoff of the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security gave a public presentation of their joint strategy to achieve "Secure Borders and Open Doors."
The strategy has three main pillars:
- Use new information technology to make it as easy as possible for foreign visitors to travel to the United States and to do so securely and safely.
- Create travel documents that can protect personal identity and expedite secure travel.
- Conduct smarter screening of travelers, both at consulates abroad and at ports of entry into the United States.
Speaking of international students, Secretary Rice stated:
The library resource includes a transcript of Rice and Chertoff's statements from the event, along with a copy of their "joint vision" statement.
- Extending the visa issuance window from 90 days to 120 days did not require the regulations to be amended, and was implemented by DOS in a February 9, 2006 cable.
- Changing the pre-program entry window from 30 days to 45 days, however, requires a regulatory change, and is not yet effective. The pre-program entry period is still 30 days, until USCIS amends its regulations. AMDOC #: 200601006