The US Department of Homeland Security announced further restrictions to the Visa Waiver Program. In addition to the immigration restrictions on people with ties to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria announced earlier (see earlier post http://www.martinvisalawyer.com/blog/category/visa-waiver), similar restrictions now apply to people with connections to Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
For a copy of the DHS press release, see here.
For more information, contact Immigration Attorney Elaine Martin
The US Department of Homeland Security and State Departments jointly announced a tightening of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) today, January 21, 2016. The announcement follows a law passed by Congress in December to tighten the Visa-Waiver Program. The law was aimed at preventing Europeans who have joined Islamic State and other terrorist groups from entering the U.S.
The following people will no longer be eligible to enter the US without a visa:
The above individuals can still enter the US, but only if they have been granted a visa by a US consulate, following an application and interview process.
Under the new law, the Secretary of Homeland Security may waive these restrictions if he determines that such a waiver is in the law enforcement or national security interests of the United States. Such waivers will be granted only on a case-by-case basis. Example of qualifying exceptions include travel for humanitarian work, journalism, and business reasons.
DHS Press Release
On Friday, December 18 2015, the US House of Representatives approved the latest budget bill, which includes various immigration measures. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law before the end of the year.
The immigration measures in the bill include:
For more information, please contact us.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that applicants for entry into the USA via the Visa waiver program will need to provide additional information. The changes are designed to enhance security, and include asking for additional passport information, contact details, and other names/aliases. The changes are seen as a response to concerns about holders of Western passports who have become radicalized.
Thirty-seven countries are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program. These are:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom.
See the DHS Press Release here.
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.