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Visa Waiver Program
Do you plan a journey to the U.S.? Do you know what VWP is?
The Visa Waiver Program is a United States government programme allowing entry without a visa, which requires an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding any means of transportation, air or sea, to the United States.
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries* to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travellers must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval before travel and meet all requirements explained below. If you prefer a ticket in your passport, you may still apply for a visitor (B) visa.
Requirements for Using the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The following are examples of activities permitted in the United States on the VWP. In addition, we were transiting through the United States to other countries is generally authorized for VWP travellers.
Travel Purposes Not Permitted on Visa Waiver Program – Examples:
Must Be a Citizen or National of a VWP Designated Country*
Each Traveler Must Have a Valid ESTA
To travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding a U.S.-bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is a web-based system operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to determine eligibility to travel under the VWP to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more information.
Updating Your ESTA
In most cases, your ESTA will be valid for two years. You also must obtain a new ESTA if you:
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I'm Natalia Bertelli, an English/Spanish to Italian legal translator. Since 2008 I have been working on contracts, judicial deeds, certificates, corporate translations for foreign clients who want to do business in Italy, get a dual citizenship or simply settle in my beautiful country.