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VWP: Visa Waiver Program

What is a VWP: Visa Waiver Program?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 35 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Nationals of VWP countries must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on the VWP. VWP travelers are required to have a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. Travelers are screened at the port of entry into the United States and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program.

Who qualifies for VWP?

Citizens of the following countries; the United Kingdom, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium Brunei, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland may be eligible to travel to the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program if they are traveling for business, pleasure or are in transit, and they meet specific requirements.

What are the benefits of applying under this visa category?

The travel under this category is possible at short notice. Period of stay is limited to 90 days. Change of status to other visa category can be done, once the applicant is in the U.S.

How can an attorney help in this process?

An attorney will be able to ensure the necessary documentation is provided in support of the application, and prepares the applicant for interview process, so that there are no last-minute surprises. If the applicant wishes to extend his/her stay, an Attorney can identify factors that can make or break your application. It is possible to produce the best results when we combine immigration legal experience with your personal facts, arguments, and documentation.

To discuss if this is the right visa for you and if you can qualify under this category, please feel free to contact us by email or call us at 314-722-5247.

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