Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Visa Waiver Program and ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. The program was established in 1986 with the objective of eliminating unnecessary barriers to travel, stimulating the tourism industry, and permitting the Department of State to focus consular resources in other areas. VWP eligible travelers may apply for a visa, if they prefer to do so.

Nonimmigrant Visas

DHS Final Rule on ESTA and the Visa Waiver Program

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 109 (Monday, June 8, 2015)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 32267-32294]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2015-13919]

Rules and Regulations
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