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Terrorist Travel Prevention Act Impacts on the Visa Waiver Program

Published on: Jan 23, 2020, Last Edited: Jan 23, 2020 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction In January 2016, the U.S. government started to implement changes to the Visa Waiver Program through the Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention…

Questions and Answers on Permitted Business Activities under the Visa Waiver Program

Published on: Jan 13, 2020, Last Edited: Jan 13, 2020 | Tags: ESTA for Business, ESTA Requirements

This article covers a range of questions and answers on how an ESTA can be used for conducting business related activities in the U.S. while traveling under the…

Updates on Iranian-Americans Detained at Canadian Border and on the Status of Asylum Seekers Entering the U.S. from Mexico

Published on: Jan 07, 2020, Last Edited: Jan 07, 2020 | Tags: USA Immigration, Border Security

Americans of Iranian origin temporarily detained at the border with Canada Iranian-American families are anxious for the future amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. A Muslim rights group claims that over 60 U.S. citizens of Iranian origin have undergone questioning and delays when reentering the United States at the border in Blaine, Washington State. CAIR, the Council…

How does a country get admitted to the Visa Waiver Program?

Published on: Dec 30, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 30, 2019 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, Border Security

Introduction The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows visa-free travel for over 20 million visitors annually to the United States for citizens of 39 partner countries…

What are the categories of U.S. visas and visa waivers?

Published on: Dec 17, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 30, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction Foreign nationals visiting the United States will need to either obtain a U.S. visa or a visa waiver. The visa application process usually involves…

H-1B Electronic Registration and Border Wall Construction Updates

Published on: Dec 12, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 12, 2019 | Tags: Border Security, USA Visa Application

H-1B Electronic Registration Process for 2021 announced by USCIS The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that a pilot testing phase for the H-1B electronic registration process has successfully been completed. Employers who wish to apply for H-1B cap-subject petitions for the following fiscal year must now register electronically. An associated registration…

What is the experience of traveling on an ESTA?

Published on: Dec 06, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 06, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Experience, ESTA Application

Introduction The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) provides travelers with the option to travel visa-free to the United States using a streamlined…

Imminent Senate Vote on passing Brand USA bill to encourage US Travel

Published on: Nov 22, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 22, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Fee, ESTA

Introduction Brand USA, which is a marketing organization that is funded by the ESTA, sees a way forward with passing a senate bill to extend its funding over the next few years. Brand USA is a mixed public/private organization that acts as the travel marketing arm of the United States. It has been involved in an ongoing struggle to prove that it plays a vital role in travel to the United…

Polish Passport Holders can now apply for ESTA

Published on: Nov 11, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2019 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Requirements

Introduction On November 6th 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that Polish passport holders will be able to apply for ESTA starting today, November 11th 2019. Poland will be the first country admitted to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) since 2014, when Chile was admitted. Poland will be the 39th…

Updates on DHS Policy for Immigrant Social Media Information and Health Insurance Rules

Published on: Nov 11, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa

Introduction USA immigration policy is changing with regard to social media. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is planning to include a new question requesting social media user names on applications including naturalization and green card forms, similar to social-media related questions that already appear on U.S. ESTA and non-immigrant visa applications. The agency states…

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