Trump’s New US Visa Waiver Program Bring Changes for Participating 38 Countries


Trump’s New US Visa Waiver Program: Trump administration has done some tweaks to the program which was available called ‘US Visa Waiver Program’. This program has 38 countries and the administration put new requirements for all the countries including that they use US counterterrorism data to screen travelers, officials said. Citizens from these 38 countries must have the so called travel-authorization to enter United States.

The program allows citizens of mainly European countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without a visa. President Donald Trump has sought to tighten the rules for those seeking to visit or live in the United States in several ways, saying restrictions are necessary for security reasons. The changes will apply to all the participating 38 countries in the program.

Trump’s New US Visa Waiver Program Brings New Requirements:

One change is that they will be required to use US information to screen travelers crossing their borders from third countries. Many countries in the program already do that, one administration official said. Countries whose citizens stay longer than authorised during visits to the United States at a relatively higher rate will be required to conduct public awareness campaigns on the consequences of overstays, the officials said.

According to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, the threshold for the overstay rate triggering the public information campaign requirement is two per cent, the officials said. In the 2016 fiscal year, of the VWP countries, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, and San Marino, a wealthy enclave landlocked inside central Italy, had total overstay rates higher than two per cent.

The overall overstay rate for VWP countries is 0.68 per cent, lower than non-VWP countries excluding Canada and Mexico, which is at 2.07 per cent, according to the DHS report. The United States will also start assessing VWP countries on their safeguards against “insider threats” at their airports, especially those with direct flights to the United States, officials said.

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