Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program is available to foreign nationals from certain eligible
countries who wish to enter the U.S. temporarily for pleasure. Eligible foreign nationals
may travel to visit the U.S. for pleasure without obtaining a Department of State
(or consulate) issued-visa using the Visa Waiver Program. Currently, twenty-eight
countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program: Andorra, Australia, 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
Application Procedures and Restrictions
Eligible foreign nationals may enter the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program or "holiday
visa" simply by presenting a valid passport from an eligible visa waiver
country. Foreign nationals from eligible countries may not, however, use the visa
waiver program if they have ever been convicted of a crime, remained in the U.S.
beyond the expiration of their legal status, been denied entry into the U.S., or
been denied a U.S. visa. Moreover, visitors entering the U.S. on the Visa Waiver
Program are not authorized to work or study while in the U.S.
Visitors entering on the Visa Waiver Program are permitted entry for no longer
than ninety days and they are not eligible to apply with the CIS to extend or change
their status to another Non-immigrant visa classification.
For the latest info on the Visa Waiver Program and a list of participating countries,
please visit the Department of State website here.
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