Trump Administration Issues New Requirements for US Visa Waiver Program

On Friday, December 19, the Trump administration announced plans to increase security around the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP), also known as ESTA. The program allows citizens of 38 European countries to travel to the U.S for up to 90 days without a visa. The proposed changes are focused on preventing overstays and are putting pressure on all participating countries to increase security measures and information sharing with the Department of Homeland Security. As a result of these plans, VWP travelers will likely face increased scrutiny and should verify their ESTA status prior to each trip to the U.S.