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.