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Sen. Orrin Hatch Proposes Bill to Speed Up Missionary Visa Applications

"Missionary service is the lifeblood for many churches across the nation, yet long and unpredictable visa delays are taking a toll on those who have answered the call to serve," Senator Orrin Hatch told the Deseret News after proposing a bill Wednesday that would help missionaries and volunteers of all faiths get their visas faster.

Senator Hatch, a member of the Church, proposed to speed up the international visa processing time  for missionaries by allowing religious organizations to participate in a streamlined blanket petition procedure.

Currently, churches need approval for a nonimmigrant visa before a missionary can receive their visa, a process that can take six to nine months.

However, this new bill could potentially cut that time down to a matter of weeks. And, since the Church has the largest missionary program in the world, this new bill would no doubt help the missionaries coming and going into the MTC.

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