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Nonimmigrant Status 30/60 Day Rule Amended to Impose Stricter Requirements for “Inconsistent Conduct”

The U.S. Department of State ("DOS") has amended a section of the Field Adjudicators Manual ("FAM") which pertains to government officials' determinations of misrepresentation by applicants and specifically with respect to activities permitted in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3) has been amended to include a section called "Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days [...]

By | 2017-09-21T10:54:40+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Articles, ESTA, F-1, News, News Alert, Travel|

U.S. Implements Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

As of January 21st, 2016, the U.S. began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). Under the Act, travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):     Nationals of VWP countries [...]

By | 2016-01-29T12:26:26+00:00 January 28th, 2016|ESTA, News, Travel, Visa Waiver|

Lawmakers Rethinking the Visa Waiver Program

This week the House Homeland Security Committee will consider legislation to change background checks requirements of the Visa Waiver Program for individuals who come to the United States, amidst growing concerns about extremist groups like ISIS. What is the Visa Waiver Program? The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) has been in place since 1986, and allows [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:15+00:00 March 20th, 2015|ESTA, News, Travel, Visa Waiver|

ESTA Questionnaire for Visa Waiver Program Travelers Expanded

Business or pleasure travelers to the United States from a number of visa waiver program (VWP) are already familiar with the requirements of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and specifically that the ESTA questionnaire must be completed, paid for and approved before visa waiver program travel to the U.S.      On November 3, 2014, [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:17+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Articles, ESTA, News, Travel, Visa Waiver|

Taiwan to be Designated a Visa Waiver Program Country

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secreatary Napolitano has just announced that DHS has designated Taiwan as a Visa Waiver Program (VWP).   As a result, Taiwan passport holders will be able to travel visa-free to the United States starting on November 1, 2012. The VWP will enable citizens of Taiwan to travel to [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:47+00:00 October 4th, 2012|Articles, ESTA, News, Visa Waiver|