The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program that enables nationals of foreign countries to travel to the US for the purpose of business or tourism without availing a visa. However, their period of stay should be 90 days or less. The US government has brought about this rule so as to reduce the hassles of travel visa procedures in certain cases.
Not all the countries are under the VWP and also not all nationals of the VWP countries are covered under the program. At present, there are some 27countries that fall under theVisa Waiver Program (VWP). Few examples are Japan, Italy, United Kingdom, Singapore, Spain, France and Germany.
The Immigration and nationality Act, the border security Act and / visa entry Reform Act/ Enhanced Border Security and (EBSVERA) have laid down various conditions that countries have to comply with if they want to participate in the VWP. Some of these criteria are listed below:
United Kingdom (full British citizens only)
Only the nationals of the VWP countries can enter US visa-free. Even they have to meet certain conditions (listed below) if they want to enter America. It is to be noted that those who do not satisfy these conditions must apply for a visa to enter America. The conditions are:
An entire family intending to enter Us should possess the proper documents. It is important to note that if the family wants to enter visa-free by way of VWP, then each individual in the family requires individual machine-readable passport. This includes infants too
If you are in the US under the VWP but you envision your trip may be extended or that your status may change (for example, from tourist to student), you should immediately apply for a visa. Another point to note that anyone who avails of the VWP service has to pay a small fee for the same.