The United States Visa Bulletin may be in effect for another ten years. President Obama signed an executive order in June 2020 announcing that the government would begin a three-year review of the United States Visa Bulletin and any changes to it. This has caused some alarm from the United States Visa Bulletin Advisory Council, who fears that the United States Visa Bulletin could be in place for the next ten years.
There are three main reasons that the United States Visa Bulletin may be up for ten years. In addition to the three years mentioned above the administration has determined that the United States Visa Bulletin was necessary as a result of the international terrorist activities occurring in Pakistan.
In October 2020 a U.S. citizen, Qureshi was arrested by Pakistani authorities. Qureshi is the leader of Jamaat-e-Islami, which is a Pakistani terrorist organization. He is accused of masterminding a series of terrorist acts and other violent acts. The United States Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms stated that they believed he was involved in planning suicide bombings, the kidnapping of U.S. soldiers and a nuclear explosion in New York City. It is believed that these activities were to be carried out by a group called Lashkar e Jhangvi.
The United States Visa Bulletin also points out that since the U.S. has issued travel warnings for Pakistan it has made it more likely for Americans traveling to that country to be subject to arrest and prosecution in that country. The United States Visa Bulletin states that the United States government is concerned about the security of all Americans traveling to Pakistan. The United States Visa Bulletin states that travel warnings are issued due to the possibility of terrorist activity and terrorist organizations such as Lashkar e Jhangvi. The United States Visa Bulletin states that the U.S. has received reports that terrorists are planning to attack the United States.
The United States Visa Bulletin also points out that since 2020 the U.S. Department of Defense has been working to upgrade the security capabilities of the Pakistan military. The United States Visa Bulletin states that there is no evidence indicating that the Pakistani military is using weapons against the civilians in Kashmir, but rather this seems to be a concern with regards to weapons used by terrorists in Kashmir. The United States Visa Bulletin points out that the Pakistani government has not provided evidence that they have taken the steps necessary to combat these weapons.
The United States Visa Bulletin also points out that the United States has issued travel warnings and alerts to several other countries due to the potential terrorist activities in those countries. and the United States Visa Bulletin states that they are concerned with the security of their citizens traveling to those countries.
The United States Visa Bulletin points out that the United States is concerned about the activities of Al Qaeda in Pakistan and Yemen. Al Qaeda has been linked to a series of attacks that have occurred in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. The United States Visa Bulletin points out that the United States Visa Bulletin warned the public against traveling to Pakistan due to the fact that Al Qaeda has used a number of hotels in Islamabad and Lahore as their headquarters.
The United States Visa Bulletin also notes that since September 11th the United States has taken action to increase security at international airports by placing restrictions on the use of explosives and weapons in transit. This action includes requiring passenger screening checkpoints at every international airport and preventing individuals from boarding airplanes who may have traveled to countries where they may have had an interest in doing harm to the passengers or to the traveling public.