Glossary of Immigration Terms
A United States visa grants the holder the right to apply for entry to the United States, but does not grant the visa holder the right to enter the United States. Entry can be refused at the port of entry. The Department of State (DOS) is in charge of visa administration at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Outside of the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP) immigration inspectors determine admissibility and duration of stay. Upon approval of entry, DHS immigration inspectors are required to record the terms of admission on Form I-94 or I-94W as well as in the individual's passport
Visa Waiver Program
The program permits citizens of certain countries to enter the U.S. for business or pleasure up to 90 days. The following countries are currently in the visa waiver program: 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, the United Kingdom,Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Korea, and the Czech Republic.
A foreigner who departs voluntarily from the United States without an order of removal or without a preceding hearing. A foreigner who departs voluntarily admits removability but he/she is not barred from seeking admission at a port-of-entry at any time. However, failure to depart, if removable, can result in a fine and a ten-year ban to several forms of relief from deportation.
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