Tougher Security Standards for Visa Waiver Program Travelers

New tougher security standards for Visa Waiver Program travelers will go into effect as of April 1, 2016. VWP travelers will be required to present an e-passport with a biometric-enables chip, and travelers who since 2011 travelled to Iraq, Syria, or other country designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security will be prohibited from using the VWP. Please make sure to review the DoS website ( for up-to-date instructions prior to scheduling VWP travel to the U.S. Visa Office is available to answer any questions.