A new wave of arrivals to the country is expected to surge in coming months as it hosts the 2018 World Cup.

The number of Laotians seeking visas to travel to the United States rose nearly 10% in October, a month after the country hosted the event, according to a survey by the US State Department.

But those numbers are not reflective of a country that has seen a spike in visa applications over the last year.

The country has seen an increase in applications since October of nearly 8%, according to the State Department data, which has prompted the government to push back on the numbers.

“The surge in visa requests has been driven by an increased demand for visas to visit the United United States, but our assessment is that it is not the reason why visa applications have gone up,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told The Associated Press in an email.

Psaki said the increase in visas is likely a result of a variety of factors, including the new law allowing Lao people to vote in presidential elections and the rise in the number of high-tech companies seeking to operate in the country.

She did not provide an estimate on how many people were actually visiting the United State for business.

Many of the companies seeking visas are in Laotian companies, like Siemens, which had more than 100 applications for visas in October compared to around 100 applications in October 2016, according the State Dept.

Psaki said applications have remained stable since October because the country has been in a state of emergency since January 2016.

This year, Lao nationals can vote in a presidential election, but only in the run-up to the March 6 vote, which will be decided by the National Assembly.

The assembly will elect a new president and speaker of the assembly.

The United States has been welcoming Laotis to its shores since President Donald Trump first declared Lao independence from the ruling Chinese Communist Party in 1979, and the country’s economic development has been a major driver of economic growth and exports to the U.S.

The country has also been a destination for migrants from other countries, such as China, who have been flooding to the region in recent years.

Last month, the State Departments office in Laoyang, Laos, reported an increase of 3,000 visas for foreigners visiting the country, but Psaki did not give a reason for the surge.

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