Visa Waiver Program

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Visa Waiver Program Participants Are Required to Have an e-Passport to Travel to the U.S.

Last August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that travelers participating in the Visa Waiver Program to travel to the United States would be required to have an...more

EU Threatens to Revoke U.S. and Canada Visa Waivers

Today, the European Commission met to discuss whether it should continue to allow U.S. and Canadian citizens the privilege of visiting the region without the necessity of a visa. The Commission asked governments and European...more

USA FDI News - April 2016

USA FDI News highlights the FAQs arising from your projects - from how to finance a deal to selecting the right visa or tax strategy and more. We want to keep USA FDI News interactive and relevant to your international...more

Electronic Passports Now Required for Visitors to the U.S. Under the Visa Waiver Program

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Visa Waiver Program travelers to the U.S. must now possess an e-Passport. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective April 1, 2016, in accordance with the...more

New Law Impacts Certain Foreign Nationals Traveling To The United States As Visitors Under The Visa Waiver Program

In January 2016, the United States implemented changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Previously, certain foreign nationals could travel to the United States...more

Libya, Somalia, and Yemen Added to the Visa Waiver Program Travel Restrictions List

Last month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. In addition to making several important changes to the Visa...more

Visa Waiver Changes – Answers to your ESTA-cancellation Questions

UPDATE: CBP has announced that Libya, Somalia, and Yemen are now included with Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Syria as countries of concern, so that individuals who have traveled to these countries since March 1, 2011 are not eligible...more

Department of Homeland Security Announces Implementation of New Restrictions on Visa Waiver Program

According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on February 18, 2016, the list of countries or areas of concern associated with the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) has been expanded to include Libya,...more

DHS Announces New Travel Regulations under Visa Waiver Program to Include Libya, Somalia, and Yemen

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement on February 18, 2016 on the implementation of additional changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 for the countries...more

Update to Visa Waiver Program Restrictions

In a blog that we posted just a few weeks ago, I wrote “Beginning in late 2015, individuals who have been present in Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan (or other countries designated by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) as...more

Visa-Waiver Program Further Restricted for Travelers of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen

In an update to our post from January 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday further restricted visa-free travel to the U.S. for people who have traveled to Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. If visited in the...more

Africa Update - February #3

Leading the News - Burundi - On February 12th, the United Nations (U.N.) Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) (MINUSCA) announced its decision to repatriate three...more

New U.S. Visa Restrictions Eased for European Countries

The Obama administration recently announced that it was relaxing newly implemented restrictions to the Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program. The announcement marks the quick backtracking of travel restrictions set up by...more

New U.S. Visa Restrictions Eased for European Countries

The Obama administration recently announced that it was relaxing newly implemented restrictions to the Department of State’s Visa Waiver Program. The announcement marks the quick backtracking of travel restrictions set up by...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Enacted

On December 18, 2015, Congress enacted HR 158 “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” (“the Act”), which changed Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”) traveler eligibility requirements for a...more

Exceptions to Restrictions - Using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

In our last post, we discussed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act of 2015 (the “Act”). It prevents a citizen of one of 38 VWP countries (Australia, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, etc.) who is also a...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - February 2016

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update includes the recently signed U.S.-Mexico bilateral agreement that liberalizes air services between the two countries, new Cuba-related regulations loosening...more

Update to New U.S. Visa Waiver Program Changes

Further details have emerged regarding new U.S. rules restricting use of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan, as well as individuals who have traveled to these countries within the...more

Travel to the United States in 2016: The Year of Fear – Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ESTA

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries who have traveled to...more

The Visa Waiver Program – Know Before You Go

Almost everyone who enters the U.S. for business visits must either (a) have a B-1 visa (which may include a B1/B2 visa) or (b) be eligible to enter without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program. If you have a...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

In the aftermath of the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) was amended significantly on December 18, 2015, when the enactment of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2029) was signed...more

New Limitations on Visa-Less Travel to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State on Jan. 21, 2016, commenced implementation of changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) pursuant to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist...more

Changes to Visa Waiver Program Take Effect

The US Department of State (DOS) has begun implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Signed into law on December 18, 2015, the Act establishes new criteria for...more

DOS and DHS Announce Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement on January 21, 2016 on the implementation of certain changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act...more

ESTA Travel Warning Update – Approval Revoked for Travelers who are Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan

The Department of State announced that travelers who currently have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) and who have previously indicated holding dual nationality with Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on their...more

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