Immigration Procedure Update: Visa Waiver Program

June 15, 2005

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required to have passports with digital photographs by October 26, 2005. By October 26, 2005, DHS is requiring a digital photograph of the passport holder’s face printed on the data page of the passport. DHS is also requing that all VWP countries report all lost and stolen passports to INTERPOL and DHS and all intercepted lost and stolen passports.

Effective June 26, 2005, any VWP traveler required to be in possession of a machine-readable passport to enter the United States.

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