US Announces Interview Waiver Expansion to Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants

The Department of State, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, has substantially updated its processing of nonimmigrant visas at US consulates, allowing for more waivers of interviews for nonimmigrant visa to the US, including such as H-1B specialty worker visas, L-1 intracompany transferee visas, E-2 treaty investor visas, E-3 visas for Singaporeans and READ MORE

Israel Joins the US Visa Waiver Program

On September 27, 2023, the United States Department of Homeland Security (US DHS) announced that Israel has been designated as a member of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), effective November 30, 2023. Israel is the 41st country to join the VWP. The VWP is a program that allows citizens of certain countries to travel to READ MORE

DHS Announces Greece as Member of Visa Waiver Program

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that Greece is now a member of the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) was established as a pilot program in 1986 to eliminate unnecessary barriers to travel to the US.  In October 2000 it became a permanent feature of US immigration law and READ MORE

Interim Rule on Pre-Authorization for VWP Travelers

On June 3, 2008, DHS announced an interim final rule on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a new online system for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).  When it takes effect later this year, all nationals of VWP (visa waiver) countries who wish to enter the US under the VWP will need to receive electronic READ MORE