June 14, 2006
Certain Non-Machine Readable Passports Entering on Visa Waiver
Eligible for Parole
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in a letter to the
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), has indicated that
certain non-machine-readable emergency and temporary travel documents
entering the U.S. on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) may be eligible
for entry into the U.S. by parole. The policy is effective immediately.
VWP nationals traveling to the U.S. with non-machine-readable emergency
passports or temporary passports may be granted admission notwithstanding
the lack of a machine-readable passport if they are otherwise admissible.
If parole is granted by CBP, the VWP national must pay a $65 parole
fee, will be required to enroll in US Visit and will be referred
to secondary inspection for completion of processing.
This policy does not change the current requirement which became
effective on June 26, 2005 that travelers from 27 VWP countries
must have a machine-readable passport to enter the United States
without a visa. The VWP under certain circumstances, enables nationals
of the following countries to travel to the United States for tourism
or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal,
San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and
the United Kingdom.
For further information on the VWP and the machine-readable passport
requirement, please refer to Greenberg Traurig’s
Immigration News Flash dated June
9, 2005 and our