Nationals of specific countries are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, which allows them to enter the United States without first obtaining a visa from a U.S. Consulate. These individuals are admitted to the United States for the purpose of business (WB) or pleasure (WT). Participants in the VWP may stay a maximum of 90 days and may not extend or change their immigration status while in the United States.
All travelers wishing to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must register with the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). They are encouraged to complete the ESTA process no later than 72 hours prior to departure.
Countries and regions currently participating in the Visa Waiver Program are:
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
Important note: Lecturers who have traveled to Syria, Iraq or another country of concern as designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security (currently Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) are not eligible to use the Visa Waiver Program and must apply for a B-1/B-2 visa at the U.S. Consulate.
International lecturers who are eligible for the VWP should present their Sample letter of Invitation B-1/ WB along with their passport at the port of entry in order to enter the country in WB status (Visa Waiver for Business). It is important that the visitor is admitted in WB status, not for the purpose of tourism (WT).