Visa Waiver Program
VWP allows citizens of certain selected countries, traveling temporarily to the United States under the nonimmigrant admission classes of visitors for pleasure and visitors for business, to enter the United States without obtaining nonimmigrant visas. Admission is for no more than 90 days. The program was instituted by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (entries began 7/1/88). Under the Guam Visa Waiver Program, certain visitors from designated countries may visit Guam only for up to 15 days without first having to obtain nonimmigrant visitor visas. The following is a list of the countries participating in the program:
Visa Waivers are available for people from countries that do not have a history of illegal immigration to the U.S. Currently there are 28 participating countries in the Visa Waiver Program, including: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. Nationals of these countries have the option of entering the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa. Each visitor who enters under the program must arrive with a transportation ticket to leave the U.S. Those who come by land from Canada or Mexico may also enter without a visa, but must show evidence at the border of sufficient funds to live in the U.S. without working.
Participation in the Visa Waiver Program is optional, not a requirement. Nationals from those countries qualifying for visa waivers can still get standard visitor’s visas. You will have more flexibility and rights once you enter the U.S. if you come with a visa.