The Visa Waiver program (WWP) is only available to citizens of some specific countries. These countries are usually the ones which have low immigration violations rates and meet some other security-related protections as well.
All citizens of these countries are permitted to travel to the United States for up to 90 days and be engaged with activities which are related to the visitor’s category for pleasure or business (B-1/B-2). You can find the list of the designated countries available on the United States Customs and Borders Protection website.
Requirements of WWP
- You must own and travel on the passport of a designated country
- You should own a passport that is machine readable
- You should have a travel authorization in advance through the Electronic System Authorization (ESTA)
- Your visit must be consistent with the B-1 or B-2 visitor category
All visitors are allowed to stay in the U.S for more than 90 days and also, in Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and Caribbean when the arrival has been through the United States. When going to these countries, by plane or cruise, you need to have the ESTA with you. When crossing the border through land, Visa Waiver is applied without the ESTA.
Also, certain categories of people, such as diplomats, journalists, military, legitimate businessmen and humanitarian workers may only have their visa requirement waived by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
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