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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 7750 (PP 7750) and the Antikleptocracy Provision in the annual Appropriations Act (Section 7031(c)) — authorize the Secretary or his designee to deny entry into the United States to individuals, including current and former foreign officials, who have been involved, directly or indirectly,  in significant corruption. These authorities complement broader diplomatic and foreign assistance efforts to prevent and combat corruption abroad.

These designations have demonstrated positive impact on our anticorruption efforts globally, including increased media attention to corruption, local law enforcement actions, anticorruption legal reforms, and enhanced accountability of corrupt actors.  The State Department provides a quarterly report to Congress on the implementation of Section 7031(c).

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