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Effective July 1, 2009, Visa Waiver Program (vwp)


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Effective July 1, 2009, Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries' emergency and temporary passports will be subject to the electronic passport (e-passport) requirement. Any VWP national or citizen intending to apply for admission under the VWP with an emergency or temporary passport that is issued on/after October 26, 2006, and which is not an e-passport, will be required to apply for a U.S. visa prior to travel or apply for a waiver at a U.S. port of entry. For any traveler who arrives with a non-compliant emergency or temporary passport and is otherwise admissible, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers may exercise discretion to grant a waiver, without fee, pursuant to section 212(d)(4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). This exercise of discretion is consistent with CBP’s existing policies on the exercise of discretion, and the alien may be denied entry if he or she poses a threat of terrorism or criminality, or of contributing to the illegal population. VWP nationals who present non-electronic official or diplomatic passports also can benefit from CBP's discretionary authority to offer no-fee waivers. The normal fee for the waiver is $545.00.


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