US Representative pushing for Poland to be added to visa waiver program
07 March 2012
For concise and recent immigration information watch our news.US Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. is hoping that easier US visit visa regulations will lead to closer US-Poland relations. The congressman is hoping that there will be a policy change to allow Polish nationals to be added to the US Immigration's Visa Waiver Program.
"Since the end of the Cold War, Poland has become one of the United States' strongest allies, and it makes sense that we should change the law governing visa waivers to reflect the world we live in today," said Pascall. "People from the nations with which we have the best diplomatic relationships ought to have fewer impediments to visiting and doing business in the United States. That's why I am supporting this legislation."
The US Visa Waiver Program allows people in participating countries to visit the US without applying for a visitor visa, making it easier for citizens to visit family, study, and vacation in the US. Poland is among the few European Union countries left out of the US waiver program that allows people to travel to the US up to 90 days without a visa. Countries currently part of the visa waiver program include Australia, the UK, New Zealand, Germany, and France.
Citizens of countries under the visa waiver program are also required to apply for the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application. ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. You will need to submit the ESTA if:
- You are a citizen or eligible national of a Visa Waiver Program country.
- You are currently not in possession of a visitor's visa.
- Your travel is for 90 days or less.
- You plan to travel to the US for business or pleasure.