The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our passport/visa system. This issue is worldwide and is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize to applicants who are experiencing delays or are unable to obtain a passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or visa at this time. We are working urgently to correct the problem and expect our system to be fully operational again soon.
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): https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/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
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...
- ATTENTION: There are many websites that are NOT official U.S. Government websites offering visa information and services.
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