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Malaysians close to enjoying visa-free travel to the US

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In 2018, Malaysia will join the U.S. visa waiver program which allows citizens from Malaysia to travel to the United States without having to apply for a visa. Meanwhile, the visa rejection rate has decreased to 3.34 percent and in order for Malaysia to qualify for the visa waiver scheme, the level must remain under three percent for a year.

Last November, Malaysia signed the agreement on strengthening cooperation in preventing and combating serious crime, which was a prerequisite for the Asian country to qualify for the visa waiver program. There are 38 countries qualifying for this program so far. According to U.S. officials, Malaysia was the fastest country in meeting the scheme’s requirements and might soon become the 39th.

Every year, approximately 42,000 Malaysians apply for U.S. visas and 97 percent are being approved. The application process is rather simple and can be done online. The applicant is required to register, fill out the necessary forms, and pay a fee. After that, there will be an interview which usually takes a couple of minutes.

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