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Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travelers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel and meet all requirements explained below. If you prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.
You can enroll in the Visa Waiver Program if you are planning to transit through the United States to another country. Other activities you can do through the VWP include:


  • A vacation

  • Visiting friends or relatives

  • Medical treatment

  • Social events

  • Participation in musical or sports events, if you’re not being paid to participate

  • Enrolling in a short recreational course, for example, a cooking class


  • Consulting with business associates

  • Attending a scientific, educational, or professional conference

  • Short-term training where you are not paid by a U.S.-based source. Expenses generally do not count as income.

  • Negotiating a contract

The Visa Waiver Program has the same purposes for travel as the B-1/B-2 visa.

If you want to enter the United States through the Visa Waiver Program, you must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible:

  • You are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program country

  • You do not have a Visitor Visa

  • You are planning to stay in the United States for 90 days or less

  • You are traveling to the United States for business or tourism purposes

You will also need an e-passport to participate in the VWP. An e-passport has an electronic chip embedded in it that gives your document extra security.

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