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Israel not yet in compliance to join the Visa Waiver Program

Published: Oct 23, 2022, Updated: Oct 23, 2022 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Eligibility

Israel has long sought entry into the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which would allow its citizens to travel to the United States for business or tourism for up to 90 days without a visa by using an ESTA. Israel was thought to be in compliance to join the VWP. However, last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has said Israel has failed to come into compliance…

Visa Waiver Program Arrivals Statistics Between 2014 and 2018

Published: Feb 11, 2020, Updated: Jun 14, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Arrivals Statistics, Visa Waiver Program

Introduction The U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) arrivals statistics by country of citizenship from 2014 to 2018 have been analyzed and consolidated in this article. These statistics are released on an annual basis by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the results for 2019 are still being processed. This article will share some of the findings discovered on meaningful results…

Terrorist Travel Prevention Act Impacts on the Visa Waiver Program

Published: Jan 23, 2020, Updated: Mar 11, 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 Act of the previous year. This act aims to exclude citizens of countries deemed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be state sponsors of terrorism, including people from Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria. The act was amended…

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

Published: Dec 30, 2019, Updated: Oct 23, 2022 | 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 40 participating countries globally. The VWP uses a multi-layered security system to stop potentially dangerous individuals from entering the USA. These security measures include comprehensive…

Polish Passport Holders can now apply for ESTA

Published: Nov 11, 2019, Updated: 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…

U.S. Vice President Pence says Poland Almost Ready to Join Visa Waiver Program

Published: Sep 08, 2019, Updated: Sep 08, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, Visa Waiver Program

Introduction Polish citizens wishing to travel to the United States are not currently eligible to apply for an ESTA visa waiver, but this could soon be set to change. Last week U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, visiting Poland to commemorate the outbreak of WWll 80 years ago, said on Monday that he was delighted that the country was close to being able to join the USA Visa…

Malaysia hopes for inclusion on the visa waiver scheme in the USA

Published: Feb 18, 2018, Updated: Feb 18, 2018 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, Visa Waiver Program, Malaysia, USA Visa Requirements

Introduction The USA currently has a list of countries that participate in its 'visa waiver scheme'. This scheme enables travellers who fulfil certain criteria (for example, the absence of a criminal record and the absence of any other visa violations) to enter the USA for tourism purposes without a visa at the immigration officer's discretion, and to stay there for up to 90…

ESTA Visa Waiver Data Privacy

Published: Sep 28, 2015, Updated: Oct 15, 2022 | Tags: ESTA, Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Data Privacy

Learn about which entities have access to the data shared with ESTA, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and how is it protected.

What to do if your ESTA is Travel Not Authorized?

Published: Sep 14, 2015, Updated: Oct 15, 2022 | Tags: ESTA, Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Denied, ESTA Travel Not Authorized

Learn about other options for obtaining entry clearance to the United States if your ESTA Visa Waiver application has been denied.

How to Make Multiple ESTA Visa Waiver Applications

Published: Aug 31, 2015, Updated: Oct 15, 2022 | Tags: ESTA, Visa Waiver Program, Group ESTA Applications

Introduction Travelers submitting ESTA applications will often be accompanied by family members, colleagues, friends, or other travel companions. Fortunately, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) allows you to submit multiple or a group of ESTA applications to help save time.

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