Visa Waiver: what are the new requirements to travel from Chile to the United States

Visa Waiver: what are the new requirements to travel from Chile to the United States

The program Visa Waiver, which allows Chilean citizens to travel to the United States without the need for a visa, has been the subject of debate in recent weeks due to accusations of crimes committed by some beneficiaries. Republican Kevin McCarthy, speaker of the US House of Representatives, has made funding for the program conditional on Chile providing the criminal records of visa applicants. This controversy has led a high-level Chilean technical team to negotiate in Washington with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to update the program’s requirements.

An agreement is expected to be reached at the latest meeting, according to sources close to the talks. The Chilean ambassador in USA, Juan Gabriel Valdés, has expressed his hope that the consensus reached will satisfy both parties. The controversy began when the district attorney for Orange County, California, accused Chileans of participating in criminal activities in the area. Chilean authorities have tried to address the problem and have worked to improve procedures between the police forces of both countries.



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