Title

Implementation of the Helsinki Accords Vol. IX – U.S. Visa Policies

Thursday, April 05, 1979
10:42am
6226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC
United States
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Dante Fascell
Title Text: 
Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Claiborne Pell
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. George McGovern
Title Text: 
Commisioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Jacob Javits
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Jonathan Bingham
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Michael Egan
Title: 
Associate Attorney General
Body: 
Department of Justice
Name: 
Arthur Goldberg
Title: 
U.N. Ambassador and Chief U.S. Delegate to the Belgrade Review Meeting
Body: 
Department of State
Name: 
Barbara Watson
Title: 
Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs
Body: 
Department of State
Name: 
Leonel Castillo
Title: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Name: 
Mario Noto
Body: 
Immigration and Naturalization Service
Name: 
David Carliner, Esq.
Title: 
General Counsel
Body: 
ACLU
Name: 
Donald J. Mucha
Title: 
Executive Vice President and Treasurer
Body: 
Unitronex Corporation
Name: 
John Tileston Edsall
Title: 
Professor of Biochemistry, Chairman
Body: 
Harvard, of Association for Advancement of Science
Name: 
Kenneth Young
Title: 
Director, Department of Legislation
Body: 
AFL-CIO

This briefing discussed how the Helsinki Accord’s provisions on the free flow of people apply to the United States.  The briefing followed President Carter’s commitment to embody the principles outlined in the Helsinki Final Act.  Representatives from  U.S. government agencies, such as the Department of State and the Department of Justice, and interested civil society organizations testified about their experiences with the current visa regime. The witnesses were asked to make recommendations about the advisability of changing U.S. law to align with the freedom of movement provisions in the Helsinki Accords.

Relevant countries: