Visa Waiver Program FAQs
General information re: the VWP, which allows for nationals from designated countries to enter the US for business or tourism without a visa for a 90-day period of time.
Participating CountriesNationals from the following countries are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program:
Andorra; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Brunei; Chile; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Korea, Republic of Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; Monaco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; San Marino; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Taiwan; United Kingdom
EligibilityIn order to travel through the Visa Waiver Program, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to travel. ESTA is an automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Further, as of April 1, 2016, you must also have an e-passport - an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip - to travel through the VWP. Finally, you must show proof of return travel within the 90 day allowance period.
IneligibilityPersons who enter through the VWP are not eligible to extend their stay in any capacity and must return to their home country in order to re-enter legally. Some travelers may not be eligible to enter the U.S. visa under the VWP. These include those with any arrest records, criminal convictions, communicable diseases, or other grounds of inadmissibility. Such travelers must apply for a visa.
Adjustment of StatusGenerally, those admitted under the VWP cannot adjust status under INA 245A, however there is an exception for immediate relatives - spouses, children (under 21 years of age and unmarried, and parents if the citizen is 21 years of age or older). USCIS issued a policy memorandum on adjudicating cases past the 90-day requirement for filing for AOS unless the applicant has been arrested, or convicted of an egregious public safety offense.