Changes to Visa Waiver Program

Changes to Visa Waiver Program

On November 3, 2014, the US Department of Homeland Security announced certain changes to the Visa Waiver Program. This program allows for nationals of certain countries to enter the US for short periods of time (less than 90 days) for tourist or business visit without applying for a visa. The visa waiver program has made travel and business between the US and these countries easier for years.
Nationals of VWP countries (35 countries at this time) must meet eligibility requirements to travel without a visa on the VWP. VWP travelers are required to apply for and receive a valid authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel.
However, in order to increase security and to learn more about travelers from the VWP countries, the US Department of Homeland security will now require the applicants to provide additional information in the travel application submitted via the ESTA. The new information sought includes additional passport data, contact information, and other potential names or aliases.

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