Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWPP)
necessity of obtaining B-1 and B-2 Visas may be waived for the nationals
of the following countries:
criteria for including countries in the VWPP are as follows:
foreign national must be in possession of a valid passport from one
of the designated countries.
The VWPP allows an alien to enter the United States without a B-1/B-2 visa for a
of 90 days.
of the conditions attached to the VWPP is that the foreign national
waives any right to administrative or judicial review or appeal of
an immigration officers determination as to his or her admissibility
with the exception of an application for asylum.
condition is that one cannot change to another visa status.
addition, no extensions are given.
foreign national completes a Form I-94W on the plane agreeing to the
If you are ever refused a visa for any reason, Visa Waiver becomes
much more problematic since Form I-94W asks this question. A positive
answer is likely to trigger questioning at the port of entry and possible
refusal of entry.
grounds of inadmissibility which are applicable to any visa still
apply to the foreign national using the VWPP i.e. you must not