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Visa Waiver Program [Updated October 12, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals from certain countries to enter the United States as temporary visitors for business or pleasure without first obtaining a visa from a U.S. consulate abroad. Temporary visitors for business or pleasure from non-VWP countries must obtain a visa from Department of State (DOS) officers at a consular post abroad before coming to the United States. Two main goals of the VWP are increasing tourism and strengthening national security. While there tends to be agreement that the VWP benefits the U.S. economy by facilitating legitimate travel, there is disagreement on the VWP's impact on national security. Proponents of the program say the VWP strengthens U.S. national security because it sets standards for travel documents, requires information sharing between member countries and the United States on criminal and security concerns, and mandates reporting of lost and stolen travel documents. Critics of the program argue the VWP creates a security loophole because VWP travelers do not undergo the in-person screening generally required to receive a visa."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL32221
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2021-10-12
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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