All You Need to Know About Visa Waiver Program
Visa waiver program (VWP) is a program in us that allows people to travel to specific countries without permission. Only trips meant for business or tourism are allowed under this program. It only developed countries that qualify for this program. Germany, Portugal and Australia are among 38 countries that have qualified for this program.
For you to travel to us under this program, you must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA authorization is required when entering a sea or air vessel that is traveling to USA. Electronic System for Travel Authorization can be defined as an electronic wen based system, that is operated by Us Custom and Border Protection (CPS). When passenger who are travelling to US under VWP program they must be screened by this system. For all person who wishes to travel to the USA under the program, they must get approval through the ESTA before they can go to USA. It is always recommendable to seek authorization of the program immediately you plan to go to us. The ESTA is usually valid for two years. There are various situation where a person is required to apply a new ESTA. When you change your name, apply for new passport, change your gender, and change citizenship you must apply for a new ESTA.
There are the qualification that one must meet for him or her who is not a citizen to qualify for this program. This program is only for the citizen of the US and the 38 qualifying countries. You only be allowed in this program is alone you are going for business or tourism in a period of fewer than 91 days. To apply for this program you also need a passport from visa waiver program countries and a credit card that is valid. In addition you need to provide your contact and recent employment information.
Visa waiver program must present a passport with a digital photograph. A digital photograph is not laminated or glued but the one which is printed on the passport. It is also are a requirement that the passport must be machine-readable. Appling for an applicable passport or a visa is the only option that an applicant have if he/she does not have a machine-readable passport.
However, there are citizen of qualifying countries that do not qualify for this program. National of VWP who have traveled or have been present in countries such as Somalia, Korea, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Iran, and Syria are not eligible. However, diplomat does not fall under this category. Another category of people who are exempted are people who are both citizen of VWP countries, and also citizen of Korea, Iran, Sudan and Syria.