Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Here's What You Need to Know about the U.S. Visa Waiver Program:

"Here's how the Visa Waiver Program works:
 If a traveler from a VWP partner country wants to come to the U.S., they must first undergo a counterterrorism screening through the Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA), a program that draws on information from U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies by which DHS officials decide if the traveler poses any law enforcement or security risks. These individual checks are on top of the rigorous requirements countries must meet to participate in the program. If the traveler fails to earn DHS approval, he or she cannot travel to the U.S. and must appear in person for a visa interview before they can be considered for travel authorization.
Any traveler that is not a citizen of one of the 38 partner countries cannot use the VWP program. Even if someone resides in the country or is in possession of refugee travel documents issued by one of those countries, they cannot use the VWP program to travel to the U.S..."
Visa waiver program

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