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CBP proposes additional data and image capturing on ESTA application forms

Published on: May 31, 2022, Last Edited: May 31, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Form

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed a number of changes to enhancing the security screening procedures of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which is used for issuing travel authorizations for eligible visitors of the Visa Waiver Program. How does CBP typically propose changes for the ESTA? Typically,…

Travelers entering the U.S. by land will soon need an ESTA

Published on: Apr 11, 2022, Last Edited: Apr 11, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Application Pending, Border Security, ESTA Requirements

On April 7th 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revised the requirements for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers entering the United States by land. When will ESTA be required for Visa Waiver Program travelers entering by land? Starting October 1st 2022, all travelers entering the United States by air, sea and now land, will need…

U.S. Simplifies Employment Visa Applications

Published on: Mar 26, 2022, Last Edited: Apr 11, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, USA Visa Application, USA Embassy Appointment

The U.S. Department of State recently announced that all American consulates have now been authorized to forgo the in-person interviews that were normally required, provided the employment visa applicant meets a number of specific criteria. The amended rule applies to applications for temporary employment visas in the following categories: Q, P, O, L, H-4, H-3, and H-1. The revised regulations…

Israel looking towards admission to the Visa Waiver Program by 2023

Published on: Feb 28, 2022, Last Edited: Feb 28, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Passport

On a recent visit to Washington D.C., Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was optimistic his country may soon me added to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The Israeli Prime Minister was meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding Israel’s admission into the program. The two leaders were in agreement over the intent to admin Israel into the program. What…

2022 U.S. Visa and Immigration Outlook

Published on: Jan 31, 2022, Last Edited: Jan 31, 2022 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa Updates

Since the new American President arrived in the White House a year ago, he and his team have taken several steps to undo the immigration-related restrictions introduced by his predecessor. The list includes plans to admit more refugees, not applying the notorious 'public charge' system that prevents immigrants who could possibly use public benefits such as Medicaid from getting green cards,…

US Implements New COVID-19 Testing Requirements For International Travelers

Published on: Dec 16, 2021, Last Edited: Dec 16, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19

Readers who intend to fly to the United State in the near future must prepare themselves for stricter testing requirements. This comes after the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announced earlier that the testing window for all global air travelers will be shortened from three days to one day. For the past month, only travelers who have not been vaccinated had to be tested…

U.S. Travel Restrictions Lifted after 18 Months

Published on: Nov 11, 2021, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19

After a travel ban that lasted more than 18 months, the United States has opened its borders for fully vaccinated travelers from Mexico, Canada, the EU, South Africa, Iran, China, India, and Brazil. The only requirements are that they have to show proof of vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test. The new system came into operation on Monday, November 8 2021. This follows an announcement…

Travel Ban End Brings Hope to Travel Businesses and Travelers

Published on: Oct 21, 2021, Last Edited: Oct 21, 2021 | Tags: Travel Restrictions, COVID-19, ESTA Requirements

The United States has finally, after nearly 18 months, decided to remove its travel ban and ease restrictions on arrivals from the EU and the UK. In terms of the revised rules, travelers from the UK who are fully vaccinated will now once again be able to travel to the US for leisure and/or business purposes. This comes after the United Kingdom…

U.S. Plans to Relax COVID Restrictions on International Travel Starting November 2021

Published on: Sep 21, 2021, Last Edited: Sep 21, 2021 | Tags: COVID-19, Travel Restrictions

The White House announced on Monday, September 20, 2021, that it plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated airline passengers from 33 nations early in November. The list includes most European, ESTA eligible nations, as well as Brazil, China, and 5 other countries. Although unvaccinated individuals will no doubt be unhappy with the announcement, it was nevertheless widely…

Duty Free Purchases in the U.S.

Published on: Sep 21, 2021, Last Edited: Sep 21, 2021 | Tags: Customs Duties, Travel Restrictions

This article provides information on U.S. Customs Duty payable for travelers entering the United States. Duty Free Purchases in the U.S. …

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