New EU passport, VWP, and visas

Old Jun 21st 2003, 7:45 pm
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Tony Bruguier
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Default New EU passport, VWP, and visas

Hi,

I just heard on the news today that the EU is planning to add
biometric marks in passports and other things. They say that want to
comply by US regulations for VWP.

When they say the deadline is 2004, are they talking about machine
readable passports?

Is there something changed about the visa policy for non-immigrant,
non tourist visas?

Thanks,
Tony
 
Old Jun 30th 2003, 9:46 am
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Sylvia Ottemoeller
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"Tony Bruguier" wrote in message
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    > I just heard on the news today that the EU is planning to add
    > biometric marks in passports and other things. They say that want to
    > comply by US regulations for VWP.
    > When they say the deadline is 2004, are they talking about machine
    > readable passports?

Yes. But note, the deadline is 10/01/2003.

    > Is there something changed about the visa policy for non-immigrant,
    > non tourist visas?

No. Actually, it would be more correct to say there is nothing changed
about the policy for *any* visas, tourist or other. The visa waiver program
has no requirement for anyone to obtain a *visa.*

This refers to a new requirement to have a machine readable passport, for
persons wishing to use the visa waiver program to visit the U.S., either as
a visitor for tourism or as a visitor for business for a period of 90 days.
See http://travel.state.gov/vwp.html. Note particularly: "Additionally,
starting October 1, 2003, the passport presented at the U.S. port of entry
must be a machine readable passport ..."
 
Old Aug 22nd 2003, 9:15 pm
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Default Re: New EU passport, VWP, and visas

As of October 1st 2003, all passports presented to the USA must be machine readable. All UK passports, as far as I know, are.

As of October 26th, 2004, any new passport issued and presented to the USA after that date (ie if your passport was issued to you after 26/10/04) it must conform with the ICAO and it's biometric identification system. Since you're not involved in the creation or issuing of passports, I wouldn't worry too much about it since it'll all be done for you and your existing passport, as long as it hasn't expired, will still be valid even if it isn't biometric. The main way this will effect folk is that as from 1/10/03, any children will have to have their own passport since MRTD (Machine Readable Travel Documents) can only store one person's info apparently.

More reading available here....

http://fpc.state.gov/22595.htm

http://www.icao.int/icao/en/atb/fal/...etric_tech.htm
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