RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
U.S. EMBASSY, ULAANBAATAR
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
What is the Responsible Travel Outreach Campaign?
The U.S. Embassy and the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs teamed up to produce a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) aimed at promoting responsible travel. The first three PSAs feature “ordinary” Mongolians who went to the United States to study, completed their academic degrees, and returned to Mongolia without overstaying, abandoning their residence in Mongolia, repeatedly changing schools, or engaging in unauthorized employment. These three individuals traveled responsibly and returned to Mongolia; they are now using their U.S. educations and academic degrees to contribute
positively to Mongolian society.
Over the next few months, we hope you will also see these PSAs broadcast on national and cable television.
When did the Responsible Travel Outreach Campaign begin?
U.S. Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl Galt and Former Foreign Affairs Minister Tsend Munkh-Orgil officially introduced our PSAs during a Responsible Travel Public Outreach Campaign Launch Event at the Chinggis Khan International Airport on October 13, 2017.
What is the purpose of the Responsible Travel Outreach Campaign?
The campaign has two objectives.
First, we aim to bolster U.S. homeland security by reducing overstays, unauthorized employment, and visa and immigration abuse. Almost 10,000 Mongolians traveled to the United States in 2016.
Unfortunately, not all of them traveled responsibly. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published an Entry/Exit Overstay Report indicating that, in 2016, almost 8 percent of Mongolian B visa holders remained in the United States beyond their authorized duration of stay, while about 20 percent of Mongolian F, J, and M student visa holders remained in the United States beyond their program end-dates. In addition, we estimate that up to one-third of Mongolian travelers unlawfully worked in the United States without technically overstaying. These overstay rates may not sound very high, but they are much higher than the overstay rates of most other countries.
Second, we aim to facilitate legitimate travel between Mongolia and the United States by encouraging all Mongolians to respect U.S. immigration laws, visa regulations, and travel policies. If each and every Mongolian travels responsibly and abides by the letter law when visiting the United States, it will become much easier for Mongolians to get U.S. visas in the future.
Ultimately, the governments of Mongolia and the United States share the same interest: safe, secure, legitimate, and responsible travel. The Responsible Travel Outreach Campaign is designed to educate Mongolians about the benefits and potential rewards of traveling responsibly.
What does Responsible Travel mean?
People travel responsibly to the United States when they never exceed their authorized duration of stay, abandon their residence abroad, work unlawfully, immigrate while on non-immigrant status, misrepresent their purpose of travel, or engage in activities prohibited under their visa category.
What else can I do?
When you travel responsibly, you are doing a service to your country and you are helping your countrymen enjoy similar travel benefits. So, be sure to let us know when you travel responsibly… We might even contact you to ask if you would like to be featured in our next PSA!