Increased Scrutiny and Possible Delays in Visa Issuance

Following the injunction on enforcement of President Trump’s revised travel ban, United States Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson directed all U.S. consular posts to broadly increase scrutiny of visa applicants. Additionally, in the wake of the attack in London on March 22,...

Increased scrutiny by CBP for frequent ESTA business travelers

After less than two months into the new Trump Administration, the President has issued two Executive Orders imposing a temporary travel ban on foreign nationals from certain predominantly Muslim countries, and both have been subject to Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO).   With...

International Holiday Travel Reminders

As peak holiday travel season approaches, Foster LLP would like to remind clients that they should review their travel documents and take steps in advance of international travel to avoid or minimize disruptions in their travel schedule, or delays in their ability to reenter the...

Reminder: Electronic Passports Now Required for Visa Waiver Travel

Beginning April 1, 2016, travelers to the U.S. for business or leisure who are eligible for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must have an electronically readable passport in order to be admitted under the VWP. Electronic passports, or e-Passports, are enhanced...

Frequently Asked Questions about the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)

General Information on the Visa Waiver Program Q: What is the Visa Waiver Program? A: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is administered by DHS and enables eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90...

Congress and President Agree on New Law Tightening Visa Waiver/ESTA Program

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the new Visa Waiver Program restrictions passed by Congress. The new restrictions exclude from participation those individuals who have been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria at any time since March 1, 2011, with the...

New Restrictions Proposed on Visa Waiver/ESTA Travel

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the White House released a new Fact Sheet on proposed Visa Waiver Program enhancements, some of which are already under way. The Fact Sheet provides information regarding the existing security screening process for Visa Waiver travelers to the United...

ESTA Online Registration Form for Visa Waiver Program Adds New Data Fields

In an effort to improve and expand the information available to evaluate the security risk of potential Visa Waiver Program travelers, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced the addition of new, required data fields which must be completed during the online ESTA...
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