The U.S. must find ways to ensure a safe, efficient visa experience for international visitors while maintaining the highest national security standards.

Quick Facts

Our visa process is an important element in welcoming international visitors.

THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) combines a strong security process with our nation’s long-standing desire to attract both business and leisure travelers to our shores. Eligible applicants who are residents of 39 allied countries are vigorously pre-screened and vetted against multiple law enforcement and security databases before they are approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for visa-free travel to the United States for up to 90 days.

VISA REFORM

While many international travelers to the U.S. arrive from countries participating in the VWP, millions of visitors come from expanding markets such as China, Brazil and India, which are not VWP members—and therefore must obtain a U.S. visa before their trip. While progress has been made to reduce the average wait time of visas, if the process remains cumbersome the U.S. risks losing qualified international travelers.

U.S. Travel is continually working with our federal partners to make obtaining a visa to the U.S. more efficient and accessible.  

Research, News and Commentary on Visa Reform / Visa Waiver

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U.S. Travel Reacts to Release of Additional H-2B Visas

December 20, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s release of 22,000 supplemental H-2B visas.

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U.S. Travel Commends State Dept. Action to Alleviate Visa Application Backlog

December 15, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued a statement on the administration’s decision to temporarily waive the interview requirement for returning and renewing immigrant visa holders issued on or after August 4, 2019.

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U.S. Travel Applauds Brand USA Bill Committee Passage

November 17, 2021

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce passing the Restoring Brand USA Act (H.R. 4594).

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