USCIS Provides New Regulations for VWP Travelers

The deadline for the law that would require all VWP participating countries to produce and issue passports with biometric identifiers was extended by President Bush until October 2005. However, as of October 26, 2004, all travelers from the 27 participating countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will be required to either present a machine-readable passport or a valid U.S. visa at a port of entry. Those who have a valid U.S. visa will not be required to have a machine-readable passport.

In addition to the above-stated regulation, VWP travelers will also be required to take part in the US-VISIT program and will be required to have a digital photograph and fingerscan taken at a port of entry.

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