Changes are coming to the U.S. visa waiver program

US Waiver Changes

The Paris attacks on November 13th, 2015 has caused for a close examination of the visa waiver program in the United States. The amendments to the visa waiver program will benefit the program which is thought to already have a positive impact on the U.S. economy. The amendments include the tightening of rules and the increase in sharing information between the 38 visa waiver countries and the United States.

Concerns with the visa waiver program may be addressed by the House of Representatives as early as January 2016. The changes are part of the tightening of security in the U.S. due to the emergence of threats worldwide.

One of the amendments is the incorporation of previous travel information which will capture recent travel history – including travel to countries where terrorism is evident.

Along with the increase in sharing of information, The Department of Homeland Security is announcing Terrorist Screening Centers which will aid in screening refugee and asylum seekers. The Department of Homeland Security has also suggested biometric pilot programs which will analyze statistical information based on one or more of people’s biological traits. The pilot programs will assist in determining the countries that are lacking in cooperation. The Department of Homeland Security is working to counter terrorist travel and increase the trusted traveler program. Thus, fines will be implemented on airlines who do not verify travelers’ passport

Therefore, with the increase in sharing information, better analysis of shared information and greater cooperation between key players’, the main focus becomes on the enhancements to border security and legislation in the U.S.

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About Fadi Minawi

Fadi primarily practices in US Immigration Law. He assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. Fadi is also a criminal defense attorney and can assist with criminal matters in the US. Read more

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