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01.24.2016 U.S. State Dept. Advises on New Restrictions on Business Travel to USA By: Eliot Norman

On January 22, 2016 the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, published its first Official Notice governing implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.

The Result: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permitting visits for 90 days without a visa cannot  be used by citizens of any of the 38 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries (France, Germany, Japan, etc.) who are also either  nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria or who have traveled since March 1, 2011 to  Iraq, Sudan, Iran or Syria. Over 16,000 persons previously registered under ESTA who were using the VWP have had their registrations revoked. They will now have to apply for B1/B2 Visitor Visas. For further details and a complete list of the VWP countries, CLICK HERE. For questions about these changes and how to apply for B-1/B-2 visas you may wish to email me at enorman@williamsmullen.com or Hadeel Abouhasira at habouhasira@williamsmullen.com.