Recently, the United States announced that Chile would be added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). May 1, 2014, was the original implementation date, however, Vice President Joe Biden recently announced that this date would be moved up to March 31. Accordingly, nationals of Chile are now eligible to apply for admission under the VWP at a U.S. port of entry if they possess Chilean passports and are otherwise eligible pursuant to statutory and regulatory requirements. Additionally, even though a visa is not required under the VWP, applicants must still apply for authorization prior to travel.
Under the VWP, nationals of certain countries that have agreements with the United States are permitted to enter the U.S. for business or pleasure without first obtaining a visa. There are currently 38 countries that participate in the VWP, including Chile. Visa Waiver travelers are permitted to remain in the U.S. for a period of 90 days or less.