Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Reinforcing Travel Security through E-Passports
Effective April 1, 2016, the US now requires E-Passports for all travelers
entering the US from any of the 38 countries that participate in the Visa
The VWP program allows foreign nationals to forgo applying for temporary
visas when they come into the states for business or tourism. The recent
attacks on Paris in November of 2015 refocused the United States’
on tightening security for individuals traveling from countries in the
VWP. In the wake of last year’s terrorist attacks many Americans
raised concern about the ability of potential terrorists to enter the
US through the VWP because those entering through this program don’t
have undergo a finger print security screening or interview with the US
Government before entering the country.
The New e-Passport contains a chip that stores both biographical information
and biometric information on the passport holder. US Security officials
are able to compare the details to both the traveler and the document
presented. The new e-passports use extensive techniques to prevent duplication
of the document. Travelers who do not have an e-Passport, must apply to
obtain a Visa from the US Consulate.
Secretary Johnson went on to comment, “Our Visa Waiver Program remains
to be a valuable program for lawful trade and travel with our Nation’s
most trusted partners, and I am committed to ensuring that it is a secure
program as well.”
If you’re planning on traveling to the US for a short period of time
on vacation or business, you definitely want to verify you have an e-Passport!
If you are looking to become a
permanent resident in America, you should contact an Orlando immigration attorney to help
navigate you through the process.
for a consultation.