Viewing cable 06VILNIUS157
Title: CONSULAR WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES PROGRESS ON LITHUANIA'S

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06VILNIUS1572006-02-15 08:11:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Vilnius
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UNCLAS VILNIUS 000157 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/NB, CA/P - DHEIEN AND JWECHSLER 
ALSO FOR CA/VO/F/P - EPATTERSON AND CKAGARISE 
FRANKFURT FOR RSC - RCO RBROWN 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: CMGT CVIS PREL LH
SUBJECT: CONSULAR WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES PROGRESS ON LITHUANIA'S 
VISA WAIVER ROADMAP 
 
REFS: A) PATTERSON-FELLOWS E-MAIL DATED 1-30-06, B) 05 VILNIUS 1275 
 
(NOTAL), C) 05 VILNIUS 1242 (NOTAL), D) 05 VILNIUS 1226 (NOTAL), E) 
05 STATE 208035 (NOTAL) 
 
¶1. The joint GOL-Embassy Consular Working Group (CWG) met at Embassy 
request on February 8, 2006.  Attendees included the Foreign 
Ministry's Consular Department Director Vaidotas Verba, Deputy 
Director Petras Anusas, and Consular Attache Marijus Petrusonis, as 
well as the Consul, both Vice Consuls and the Public Affairs 
Counselor from the Embassy. 
 
¶2. The first item on the agenda was a review of the Rice-Chertoff 
Vision.  After the U.S. side explained the initiative and post's 
efforts to publicize it, MFA interlocutors expressed interest in 
learning more about the Business Visa Center, digital video visa 
interviews, and paperless visa applications.  Conoffs explained the 
currently experimental nature of the latter two initiatives. 
 
¶3. CWG members planned the coming months of Visa Waiver Roadmap 
public outreach (ref D).  Both sides agreed that targeting 
working-age Lithuanians is crucial, and decided to focus on regional 
centers with media outlets to maximize exposure, beginning with 
another "Roadshow" event in one of these cities within the next 
month. 
 
¶4. Post used this opportunity to inform the MFA of the Department of 
Homeland Security request (ref A) that lost and stolen passport data 
be reported both via Interpol and directly to the USG via post. 
After learning that the Government of Estonia has recently supplied 
this information, the MFA agreed to again approach the Ministry of 
Interior, which has primacy in this issue, about supplying the 
necessary information to the USG as well as Interpol. 
 
¶5. Consul also reviewed results to date of our current validation 
study (ref B), and Vice Consul briefed the group on the results of a 
post-funded national public opinion poll carried out last November. 
A number of survey questions provided useful background data on 
recent Lithuanian travel patterns and desired destinations, as well 
as the prevalence of illegal work and stays in the United States. 
The statistically significant poll concluded that Lithuanians 
continue to view America as a preferred work and tourist 
destination.  (Encouragingly, far more respondents identified EU 
countries, some of which do not require work visas or permits of 
Lithuanians, as preferred work destinations.) 
 
¶6. COMMENT: The meeting was relaxed and collegial.  We construe this 
as evidence of the positive working relationship with the MFA 
Consular Department and of the realistic, non-politicized view that 
our interlocutors take towards the Visa Waiver Roadmap.  Though they 
did not raise it at this time, Consular Department officials 
continue to inquire about training/consultations in the United 
States for GOL personnel (refs C and E). 
 
KELLY