March 10, 2003
Uruguay Terminated from the Visa Waiver Program as of April 15, 2003;
Additional Determinations Made by the Attorney General on Belgium, Italy,
The Visa Waiver program permits nationals from designated countries to
apply for admission to the Untied States for ninety (90) days or less as
visitors for business or pleasure without first obtaining a nonimmigrant
visa. The Attorney General conducted evaluations of the designations of
Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and Uruguay as participants in the Visa Waiver
program, and determined that Uruguay’s status in the program will be terminated.
After April 15, 2003, Uruguayans traveling to the United States for legitimate
business or pleasure must obtain a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. Consulate
or Embassy prior to arrival in the United States. The Attorney General terminated
Uruguay’s participation in the program because it “is inconsistent with
U.S. interest in enforcing the immigration laws of the United States because
there are high intercept and overstay rates for Uruguayans.”
Belgium will be permitted to continue in the program for an additional
year, with another evaluation to be conducted at that time to determine
whether Belgium’s participation is in the U.S. interest.
Italy will continue to be designated as a program participant, without
Portugal will continue to be designated as a program participant, with
certain Department of State action regarding the timeliness of reporting
lost or stolen passports by the Government of Portugal.
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