U.S. Visas for No. Koreans Down by a Third

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Only 65 North Koreans were issued a U.S. visa in 2010, down by a third from 2009, reports Radio Free Asia, citing data from the U.S. State Department. The figure marks a decrease of 31 percent from the previous year, when 94 North Koreans received visas. Most of the approved visas were for non-immigration purposes, such as business or tourism. A dozen applicants were granted permanent residency, while 20 received G-3 visas reserved for staff members of international organizations. The total number of South Korean visitors to the U.S. in 2010 topped 1 million, according to the report.