In the months leading up to the US Presidential election, there has been a significant spike in the number of people applying for US visa extensions in anticipation of voting, a sign that more people are willing to travel to the United States for the vote.
However, some say that in the event of a US election, it is likely that more of these people will be granted extensions.
“I think the trend is for people to come here with the intention of voting,” says Nick O’Neill, director of research at the International Council on Foreign Relations, based in Washington DC.
“It’s not just the people that are coming for the holidays, it’s the people who are coming to the election, because it’s not clear who the candidates are, and the fact that there is a lot of uncertainty in the US election means people are looking for options.”
In a study last year, researchers from the University of Maryland concluded that people who want to vote in the United Kingdom have been “slightly less likely to apply” for extensions than those who would like to vote elsewhere in the EU.
The study found that in 2016, people who were living in the UK had applied for more than two times as many extensions as those who were in the rest of the EU, a trend that is likely to continue.
“The UK has a lot to offer, and it’s an important part of the world,” O’Neil says.
“We are already a country of immigrants and immigrants are going to be voting in the election.”
US voters are not the only ones who are looking to travel abroad for the election.
Many Americans have been planning their trip abroad since the US was first incorporated in the union, and have been seeking out other countries to visit, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.
While there are many different visa types, most of them are designed to allow people to enter the US and work.
“A lot of people have made it through visa requirements to the UK and then decided they want to come to the States to visit family and friends,” O,Neill says.
For many, it has been easier to apply for a tourist visa than an immigration visa, and for many, a visa that is designed to ease entry into the US can be more advantageous than one that is more difficult to obtain.
A study last September by US-based immigration firm CBP found that while US citizens were the most likely to be granted visas, only 11% of visa holders were granted permanent residence status.
That compares to a mere 5% of foreign visitors, a figure that is also consistent across all other visa categories.
Many other visa types are not necessarily designed to help US citizens get into the country, such as tourist and business visas, which are designed for people who have recently returned to the country.
These are usually given to those who want an alternative to their US passport, or a “green card”.
But while some US citizens are applying for these types of visas because they are keen to see what life is like overseas, others are going through the visa application process because they believe it is the easiest option available to them.
A lot of Americans want to travel overseas for the US elections, and are going back to their homes to get a look at it.
But there are other visa options, and they are not always available for all types of people.
Visa categories in the news The most recent changes to US immigration laws came in 2018, when the US House of Representatives passed a bill called the American Jobs Act, which made visa requirements more restrictive for US citizens who had previously been convicted of certain crimes, such, for example, of voting.
“This bill made it more difficult for people with criminal convictions to work or to enter or remain in the country,” says Jennifer O’Connor, a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
The legislation also extended the deadline for US employers to hire foreign nationals to 30 days after their release from prison, making it easier for employers to obtain a visa for those people.
Many employers are not using the new law as a loophole to hire foreigners in the first place, but rather as a way to better accommodate their employees.
“If you have a company that hires foreign workers, you need to have the skills, and if you don’t, you don