Usually, when traveling to the United States, you will need a visa to enter. However, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows people from certain countries to travel to the United States without a United States visa. To be eligible, you must visit for 90 days or less as a non-immigrant visitor for business or pleasure (tourism). The visa waiver program started in 1986 as a pilot program but became permanent in 2000.
Passengers under the Visa Waiver Program must be citizens of one of the 35 participating countries (listed below);
1. A valid license through the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) prior to travel. ESTA determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States by collecting the same information as to when checking in and out of I-94. The request can be submitted at any time prior to travel. It is generally valid for up to two years and can be used for multiple entries into the United States. In addition, you must have a passport valid for 6 months after the expected period of residence, 90 days. Therefore, your passport must be valid for 9 months. The purpose of your stay must be 90 days or less and the reason for your visit must be tourism or business. If you are arriving by plane or by sea, you must have a return ticket. Additionally, you should be able to demonstrate that your intention to stay is 90 days or less and that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while in the United States. Of any admission policy. Finally, you must give up your right to proceedings before an immigration judge, with the exception of the asylum application.
2. Examined at the port of entry into the United States;
3. Joined the US Department of Homeland Security program.
The following countries participate in the visa waiver program:
- Andorra, Hungary, New Zealand
- Australia, Iceland, Norway
- Austria, Ireland, Portugal
- Belgium Italy San Marino
- Brunei Japan Singapore
- Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia
- Denmark Liechtenstein, Slovenia
- Estonia, Lithuania, South Korea
- Finland, Luxembourg, Spain
- France, Malta, Sweden
- Germany Monaco Switzerland
- Greece Netherlands United Kingdom
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the visa waiver program?
Those using the Visa Waiver Program are allowed to automatically travel to the United States without obtaining a visa for tourism or business purposes. On the other hand, those who use the visa waiver program cannot change or extend their immigration status. In addition, if your entry is refused, you will not be able to appear before the immigration judge to challenge your inadmissibility. Finally, you cannot participate in the Visa Waiver Program if it appears that you have previously violated the terms of your acceptance. Therefore, you should consult an experienced Phoenix Immigration lawyer to determine whether you should use the Visa Waiver Program.