Analysis: New rules set for Visa Waiver Program

21 Dec 15


Important changes for foreign travelers who use or plan to use the Visa Waiver Program to travel to the U.S. were signed into law Friday as part of the omnibus budget bill.

The changes tighten program requirements and will require some travelers who were previously eligible for the program to apply for and obtain a visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in order to travel to the U.S. The program currently allows nationals of 38 countries to obtain an online Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without needing to obtain a visitor visa.

BAL has prepared a summary and analysis of the key provisions, who is affected, and how companies can prepare for the changes. The FAQ can be viewed here. Questions may be directed to your BAL professional.

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