Visa Waiver Travelers to Face Additional Security Screenings

The Department of Homeland Security will tighten screening measures on travelers using Visa Waiver Program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that they will be putting in place new some additional security screening measures for travelers who enter the United States via the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The added security measures are in response to increasingly concerns over Islamist militants who hold European or other national passports. Read more about the Visa Waiver Program here.

What does this mean for travelers?

Travelers entering the United States through the Visa Waiver Program will need to submit additional pre-travel clearance information via the ESTA system. ESTA is the automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors who travel to the United States under VWP. The additional questions that VWP travelers will be required to answer encompass the following:

  • additional names/aliases or other citizenships
  • parents’ names
  • national identification number (if available)
  • contact information
  • employment information
  • city of birth

If you or a loved one has questions or concerns about the added security measures with the ESTA and Visa Waiver Programs please contact our immigration attorney now for a FREE consultation.

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