04 October 2012

Bulgaria reaches out for US Visa Waiver Program inclusion

After the much awaited confirmation of Taiwan's joining of the US Visa Waiver Program, Bulgaria has become the latest country to tout its credentials for joining the program.

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Bulgarians currently require a US visa to visit America

Taiwan was confirmed yesterday as the 37th country to join the US Visa Waiver Program. As of November, Taiwanese tourists will be able to obtain an ESTA visa online and be permitted to enter and remain in the United States for a period of 90 days.

Being a member of the VWP is seen as a vital step for many countries in their attempts to benefit from relations with the US while America is keen to expand the program in order to boost tourism revenue.

Poland last month attempted to remind President Barack Obama over previous promises made to allow the country, one of only four European states not in the VWP, to join and Poland's calls have now been echoed by Bulgaria.

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov was welcoming newly appointed American Ambassador Marcie Ries to the country when he said he hoped the two countries could come to an agreement over visa policy.

"I hope that we also can achieve progress on two issues important to Bulgarian society," said the minister. "The signing of an agreement on social security and addressing the visa issue, once the legal requirements have been met.

"The relationship between Bulgaria and the United States is a relationship between partners and friends who share common values."

The American Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy specialising in helping people from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries make their ESTA application.

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