Visa-Waiver Rule Change – From the Economist

Entering America: a change to the rules

THOSE foreigners who are currently able to enter America under a visa-waiver scheme are going to find the immigration process alters in the future. From January 12th 2009, they will have to register their trip online, at least three days before departure. Known as the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), this process is less onerous than it sounds. One registration will be valid for two years, so regular visitors will not need to register every time they plan to fly. And provision will also be made to enable last-minute travel, which will help those attending an emergency or closing a deal. Michael Chertoff, America’s secretary of homeland security, says he wants to be able to screen all potential visitors before their leave home.

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