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Number of refused US visas for Bulgarians declining

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The United States refused to issue entry visas to 9.75% of all applications submitted by Bulgarians in 2019, according to the European Commission. Statistics show a steady decline in refusals - from 17.3% in 2015, to 16.9% in 2016, 14.97% in 2017 and 11.32% in 2018. 
In order for the visa regime to be lifted the number of refused visas should remain steady below three percent, or stay below 2% for two consecutive years, the European Commission said. Romania also reports a drop in refused visas to 9.11% in 2019. Bulgaria and Romania for the first time hit a rate below 10%, the European Commission points out. For Cyprus, refusals are below 3%, and for Croatia - 4.02%. The four countries are the only EU Member States, whose citizens need visas to travel to the United States.

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