Thursday, May 13, 2004

Jon Wu's Immigration Q&A-- Visa Waiver Countries

Q: Can European visitors enter the US "much easier" than non-Europeans?





A: Foreign nationals entering under the visa waiver program (established by treaty) could expect to enter much easier, generally speaking, than visitors from countries that are not under the visa waiver program. China and India are not among the list of the 29 or so countries under the visa waiver program. Most of the Western European countries are on the visa waiver list.


The reason that nationals from countries on the visa waiver program list might enter easier is that they generally do not have to apply for nonimmigrant visas at the US Embassies or consulates. An exception to the general rule is the
fiancé visa -all fiances must apply for a fiance visa whether from "treaty nations" or not.




Jon Wu is a practicing attorney with over 30 years of legal experience, including two decades of hands-on experience in U.S. Immigration & Nationality law. He represents individuals and companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and have prosecuted cases before the Immigration Courts and the Immigration & Naturalization Service offices in Miami, Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Reno, San Francisco, the California Service Center and U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Barcelona, Beijing, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Kaoshung, London, Nuevo Laredo, Shanghai and Taipei. His law firm's website is:
http://www.jwulaw.com .

 

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