Visas - What Are They Good For?!
June 15, 2006 7:50 AM Subscribe
What's the point of a visa?
posted by divabat to law & government (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My passport's nationality requires me to get a visa for almost everywhere in the world - and more often than not, it's quite a pain. Financial documents, health documents, character checks, who knows what. And it all seems so arbitary.
I understand that visas came about after WWII, but why do we still need them? What purpose do they serve? Do they really halt "undesirable" and/or "dangerous" people in - or do they just make things difficult for legitimate people to enter? And why do they need to know so much about us anyway?
Also: are there any efforts to abolish visas or make the visa process easier? I know of Get VISAble
(a campaign to make visas easier for EU students) but I was wondering if there's anything else like it.