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Call for Expansion of the Visa Waiver Program

Written By The Shapiro Law Group on February 09, 2012

The Council on Foreign Relations (the “CFR) recently published a policy memorandum calling for the expansion of the Visa Waiver Program (the “VWP) which permits visa-free travel to the U.S. from certain countries that share security and criminal intelligence information with our government.

Individuals traveling from these countries can rapidly and accurately be checked by an automated system for identification of threats (the Electronic System of Travel Authorization). Furthermore, the U.S. government still retains the absolute discretion to deny entry permission to any suspicious traveler and require them to obtain a visa in any given case.

The CFR asserted in its policy memorandum that the VWP should be expanded to more cooperating countries, but added that the “hold-up” on expansion has been due to legislation requiring the government to first implement a system utilizing biometric identification (which has not been fully developed).

This blog will continue to monitor and publish news about developments in visa screening, tracking and processing.

In the meantime, if you are in need of legal assistance in connection with immigration issues affecting you or your family, do not hesitate to contact this office at (847) 564-0712 for an appointment. You might also want to visit the pertinent section of our Website for additional information about our services.