WASHINGTON — The secretary of the United States Department of State, John Kerry has said that the United States would consider a bilateral visa policy with Asia.
John Kerry’s comment comes after President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday slammed the United States for its restrictive visa policy for Filipinos and why visa policies are not bilateral.
Speaking from a press briefing in Washington, the U.S Department of State secretary said the U.S had earlier on considered a bilateral visa agreements with Asia to promote the country’s tourism, hence tourist receipts and arrivals.
“We are almost done putting measures in place to ensure that we don’t enter into agreements that would ruin our immigration policies. We have created a system to ensure visitors do not do contrary to what their visas allow them to” he added.
He however did not mention when the U.S would be entering into such bilateral agreement.
Speaking to the Filipino community in Beijing, Mr. Duterte spoke about his effort to get a visa to visit his girlfriend in the United States when he was in college.
He said the US consul asked him: What if you decide to marry and stay there?
“[I said] Mr. Consul, even if you offer me free missiles for a lifetime and even if you offer me $10,000, I’ll still return to my country and be a Filipino,” he said, drawing applause from his audience.
“But the Americans can enter the Philippines anytime without visa. Why? Why don’t we make it reciprocal?” he said.