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Information to Travel under the Visa Waiver Program
Overview of the Application Process for Visa Waiver Program
|Procedure Name:||Visa Waiver Program|
|Purpose:||Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows certain travelers to visit the United States without a visa.|
|Eligible Applicants:||This program is only available for the non-U.S. citizens of certain countries including most European countries, Australia and some additional countries.|
|Additional Information:||Nationals of VWP countries must meet certain requirements in order to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Travelers who do not meet the requirements must apply for a B-1/B-2 tourist or business visitor visa at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.|
|How to Apply:||Order this guide to learn more details about the application process Visa Waiver Program.|
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows certain travelers to visit the United States wihout a VISA. This program is only available for the citizens of certain countries including most european countries, Australia and some additional countries.
List of Visa Waiver Program Countries
The list of countries including in the program has been increasing in the recent year, the following 38 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
Nationals of VWP countries must meet certain requirements in order to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Travelers who do not meet the requirements must apply for a B-1/B-2 tourist or business visitor visa at the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.
ESTA Registration requirement: The Department of Homeland Security is enforcing compliance of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) requirement for Visa Waiver Program travelers. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA registration will be denied boarding on any air carrier bound for the United States. A valid ESTA approval is required for all Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to travel to the United States. The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a free, automated system used to determine eligibility of visitors who wish to travel to the US under the VWP. It collects the same information from the I-94W Arrival Departure Record form that VWP travelers usually fill out en route to the United States. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time before traveling directly in the official ESTA site of the Department of Homeland Security. An ESTA travel authorization generally will be valid for up to two years and also valid for multiple entries.
Changes to Visa Waiver Program
On January 21, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced policies to begin implementing the changes to the Visa Waiver Program that were signed into law in December of 2015. The DHS policies restrict the use of the VWP for:
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
- Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 11, 2011 (with limited exceptions for diplomatic or military travel under the official orders of a VWP country).
These nationals are not eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), but may still apply for non-immigrant visas in the U.S. Embassies/Consulates. They will be required to visit the interview and obtain a visa before going to the United States.
Beginning January 21, 2016, visitors who currently have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) and who have previously indicated holding dual nationality with Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria listed above will have their current ESTAs revoked.
Some categories of visitors will be eligible for a waiver only on a case-by-case basis. These are:
- Individuals who traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on behalf of international organizations, regional organizations, and sub-national governments on official duty;
- on behalf of a humanitarian NGO;
- as journalists for reporting purposes;
- For legitimate business-related purposes following the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (July 14, 2015).
Important Warning about ESTA application fees: This information package includes instructions about the visa wavier program and about how to request travel authorization, but does not include the fees to request travel autorization. The fees to apply for travel authorization must be paid directly to the Department of Homeland Security when submitting your application in the official site.
This page can be found on: https://www.usimmigrationapplication.org/visas/visa-waiver-program
Information and Instructions about Visa Waiver Program included in this immigration guide:
- I heard that people from some countries don’t need a visa to visit the U.S. is this true?
- Do I need to register or file any application before traveling to the U.S.
- What are the general guidelines to travel under the VWP?
- Which countries are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program?
- For how long can you stay inside the U.S. using the Visa Waiver Program?
- Can I extend the time of my stay in the US with the visa waiver program?
- What type of passport and what other requirements are there to travel ot the use with the visa waiver program?
- What advantages do I have by traveling with the Visa Waiver Program or by applying for a visa?
- Can I travel under the Visa Waiver Program to enter the US to get married with my American girlfriend or boyfriend.
- Elegibility to use the Visa Waiver Program.
Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with the government, we are a private publisher of information guides. This product only includes instructions, it does not include filing fees, or any other charges to submit your application.