The U.S. House of Representatives, today, passed legislation to overhaul the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The new legislation includes added security enhancements and counter-terrorism technology to increase our nation’s security and facilitate visa-free travel to the United States for citizens of certain countries.
The bill, which will now be sent to the U.S. Senate for a vote, also includes a bar to any individual who is either a citizen of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Sudan or any individual who has visited those listed countries in the past 5 years.
Under the current law, citizens from 38 eligible countries can travel to the United States for temporary visits not lasting more than 90 days without needing to apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
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