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House tightens controls on visa-free travel to US

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 06:30:00-05

WASHINGTON - The House has overwhelmingly approved tightening the "visa waiver" program.

The existing program allows citizens of 38 countries to be in the U.S. for up to 3 months without a visa.

The legislation would require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years.

Exceptions are made for official government visits and military service.