CHANGES TO VISA WAIVER PROGRAM (VWP)

CHANGES TO VISA WAIVER PROGRAM (VWP)

By Edward Shulman (420 words)
Posted in Immigration Law on February 24, 2016

There are (0) comments.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun implementing changes to its visa policies that will make it harder for some travelers to enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This essentially means that the nationals of certain countries are no longer eligible to enter the United States under the VWP, with particular focus on their recent travel histories.

The VWP allows eligible nationals of 38 countries to travel temporarily, for up to 90 days, to the United States without having to procure a visa. Effective January 21, 2016, changes based on the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 require certain nationals of VWP countries to utilize the normal immigration process and apply for a visa at a United States embassy or consulate.

Affected persons are nationals of VWP countries who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011, with the exception of those who traveled for military, journalistic, or diplomatic purposes.  Also affected are nationals of the VWP countries who have dual citizenship from any of these four countries. Under these changes, a traveler’s currently valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will be revoked if he or she has previously indicated holding dual nationality with one of these four countries on his or her ESTA application.

An updated ESTA application with additional questions is scheduled to be released in late February 2016 to address exceptions for diplomatic- and military-related travel provided for in the Act.  The American Civil Liberties Union has called for exceptions to be made for those who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for educational and professional purposes, including humanitarian aid workers. There are particular concerns about employees from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) and some suggestion that these changes would limit the work of international humanitarians who are on the ground in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, providing lifesaving assistance.

New Jersey Immigration Lawyer, Edward Shulman, of the Shulman Law Group, LLC encourages individuals and families of individuals from the seven targeted countries to contact our immigration law office to discuss the new VWP changes and to explore alternative ways to apply for visas to come to the United States lawfully.

Comments (0)

no comments posted

Leave a comment

* denotes required field
* Email will not be published
* Used to help prevent spam

Text only, html will be removed from comment

To make the long story short - I wouldn't be here now writing this review if it wasn't for him. He fought with me and for me as if he was defending himself and not some stranger from a foreign country. I will highly recommend him - if your case has any chance at all he is the one you need.

-Immigration Client

Breaking News

FEDERAL COURT ORDERS DHS TO MAINTAIN DACA PROGRAM

Following the Trump Administration's announcement that they would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set forth by President Obama via Executive Order, the University of California filed a formal legal complaint...

read more

TRUMP TERMINATES TPS FOR 200,000 EL SALVADORANS

A profound sense of demoralization and dread has gripped El Salvadorans, their families, their employers, and their communities across the United States today.  In President Trump's latest reversal of immigration policies that seek to terminate...

read more

GOVERNOR-ELECT PHIL MURPHY'S VISION FOR 2018 IMMIGRATION IN NEW JERSEY

The political landscape for immigrants in 2017 under Trump was bleak, with widespread anticipatory anxiety regarding the fate of DREAMers, TPS recipients, individuals from Muslim backgrounds, beneficiaries of chain migration, and the undocumented...

read more
© 2015 The Shulman Law Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Website Design by Hudson