This program permits foreign nationals of certain countries to enter the United States as visitors (business or pleasure) without a visa. Nationals of the following countries are eligible for the VWPP: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Visitors must first receive a pre-clearance by registering with ESTA program before travelling to the United States.
There are several important restrictions for Visa Waiver Program participants, including the following: 90 days maximum period of stay; extensions or changes of status not allowed (except adjustment of status for immediate relatives is allowed).
Most importantly, the VWP participant has no right to appeal an immigration officer’s determination of admissibility. The participant also waives the right to contest an order of removal.