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The Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals of designated member participants to travel to the United States for tourism or business (B visa category) purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa.  On February 28, 2014, Chile was designated as a member of the Visa Waiver Program.  Beginning March 31, 2014, Chilean nationals may travel to the United States under the program.  The VWP facilitates international trade and tourism and will be another sign of the United States’ and Chile’s shared interest in improving travel security and expanding economic and cultural ties.

Nationals of the 38 VWP participants (including Chile) may use the VWP program if:

  • They have been approved for travel under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA):
  • The purpose of their stay in the United States is for tourism or business (visitor “B” visa purposes) and the length of their stay is 90 days or less
  • They present a valid e-passport (i.e., passports with an integrated chip containing the information from the data page), issued in Chile since September 2013

If you are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program partner but have received notice that you are no longer eligible to travel to the United States under that program, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa at least three months in advance of your desired travel.  If you do not have imminent travel plans, you should pay the nonimmigrant visa application fee, fill out the DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application form at, and schedule a visa appointment.  If your travel is imminent, you may request an expedited visa appointment. You can find instructions for how to obtain an expedited appointment at  Please include in your request the date and purpose of your travel, as well as a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection message you received regarding your ESTA status.

If you are unable to find the information you need, the CBP INFO Center is open Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time. You can ask your question via email or by calling 1-877-CBP-5511. If you are outside the U.S. you must call 202-325-8000.

What is a visa?

A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission at the border; it does not guarantee entry.  An immigration inspector at the port of entry determines the visa holder's eligibility for admission into the United States.

Who needs a visa?

Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program, or is not exempt from the visa requirement. Please note:  Travelers born in the United States and those who hold dual citizenship with the United States must enter and depart the United States with U.S. passports.

Issuance of visas

Visa applicants are encouraged to apply for their visas well in advance of their intended date of travel.

No assurance regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Final travel plans or the purchase of non-refundable air tickets should not be made until your application has been approved and you have received your visa.

What types of visas are available?

Nonimmigrant Visas - The following provides information on visa requirements for travelers to the United States who wish to visit, work or study for a temporary period.  More information...

Immigrant Visas - An immigrant visa is required of anyone who wishes to enter the United States to reside there permanently, whether or not that person plans to seek employment in the United States.  More information...

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