Visa Waiver Program in San Jose
Immigration Lawyer Exploring Your Legal Options
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries
to travel to the U.S. without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when
they meet all requirements set out below. Travelers must be eligible to
use the VWP and have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization
(ESTA) approval prior to travel. If you are eligible to travel on the
VWP, but prefer to have a visa in your passport, you may still apply for
a visitor (B) visa. At Verma Law Firm, our experienced San Jose immigration
attorney and team are prepared to help you apply for the Visa Waiver Program.
Aliens entering the U.S. on VWP can only engage in activities permitted
under the B visa. Transiting or traveling through the U.S. to Canada or
Mexico is generally permitted for VWP travelers.
The following are examples of activities permitted while in the United
States on the VWP:
- Consult with business associates
- Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention
- Attend short-term training (you may not be paid by any source in the United
States with the exception of expenses incidental to your stay)
- Negotiate a contract
- Vacation (holiday)
- Visit with friends or relatives
- Medical treatment
- Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service
- Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests,
if not being paid for participating
- Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward
a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation)
What Activities are Not Allowed on the VWP?
Although there are many different activities which are permitted, there
are some restrictions. If you are in the United States on a VWP or B visa,
you are not allowed to be employed, study for credit, work as foreign
press in a job of information media, such as press, radio, film, or journalism,
and you may not permanently reside in the U.S. There are currently 37
countries which participate in the VWP, including Andorra, Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain,
Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
consultation to meet with a San Jose immigration lawyer by calling us at (408) 560-4622!