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Visa Waiver Program Could Be Bad News for U.S. Koreans

Korea Daily, Posted: Nov 11, 2008

LOS ANGELES - As South Korea prepares to enter the U.S. Visa Waiver Program on Nov. 17, the Korean- language newspaper Korea Daily in Los Angeles is reporting that some Koreans already in the United States may face difficulties with the new system. The program, which allows travelers from member countries to visit the United States for up to 90 days without a visa, could make it difficult for so-called "goose mothers": Korean women living with their children, who are enrolled in school in the United States, while the fathers remain in South Korea, the paper reports. "Goose mothers" often enroll in ESL courses so that they can switch from tourist to student visas, though under the new system they will be required to return to South Korea in order to obtain the student visa. The report notes that obtaining such visas in South Korea is extremely difficult. Other nations to be included on the visa waiver list are Estonia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Slovakia.

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