What is a Visa waiver program?

  • The Visa Waiver Program is an agreement between countries that does not require a visa to enter the United States but must have electronic machine-readable passports.
  • Most commonly, visa waiver countries have a good relationship with the United States, the economy is fine overseas, and they are not worried that people from those countries are going to come in and overstay.
  • Within the Visa Waiver Program, you can stay in the United States for 90 days. If you stay longer, you may no longer use the program.
  •  If you do something wrong in the United States, like get arrested, Immigration doesn’t have then authority to put you into removal proceedings, or set a bond on you. They would automatically have to detain you and remove you from the United States if they come into contact with you.