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The Department of State uses visa restrictions as part of a multifaceted approach to combatting corruption globally.  Two corruption-related visa authorities — Presidential Proclamation (PP 7750) and the Anti-Kleptocracy Provision in the annual Appropriations Act (Section 7031(c)) — authorize the Secretary or his designee to designate individuals, including current and former foreign officials, and their immediate family members, who have been involved, directly or indirectly, in significant corruption.  These authorities complement broader diplomatic and foreign assistance efforts to reenforce the concept of no safe havens.

These designations have demonstrated positive impact on U.S. anticorruption efforts globally. Designations expose corrupt actors through media attention, support local law enforcement actions, promote accountability, and highlight the need for anticorruption legal reforms.  The State Department provides a quarterly report to Congress on the implementation of Section 7031(c).

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