House Bill Would Tighten Requirements For Visa Waiver Program

House Bill Would Tighten Requirements For Visa Waiver Program

A proposed House bill seeks to strengthen requirements under the visa waiver program in place for nationals from certain countries. The Visa Waiver Program Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 158), originally introduced by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), aims to tighten requirements under the visa waiver program allowing citizens of 38 countries to enter the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa. Participating countries must meet certain other requirements, including intelligence–sharing, to remain eligible. Rep. Miller’s bill would expand the criteria by which a country may be removed from the program, including for not meeting these information-sharing requirements, and would increase the databases used to perform background checks on individuals entering the U.S. visa-free.

During this week’s House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing, Rep. Miller said she hopes her bill will marked up in committee and considered by the full House of Representatives “shortly.”