11 October 2012

Bulgaria edges closer to US Visa Waiver Program deal

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has signed an agreement with Bulgarian politicians to help fight serious crime; a step Ms Napolitano says brings the Eastern European country to US visa free status.

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Janet Napolitano says Bulgaria has moved one step closer to US visa free status

Taiwan recently became the 37th country to join the US Visa Waiver Program and in the wake of the announcement, both Hong Kong and Poland have voiced their credentials for joining the program which allows citizens of member countries to enter the US for 90 days without a US visa.

Bulgaria, along with Poland, remains as the few European countries not part of the US Visa Waiver Program and while Poland's accession may be in the offing, Ms Napolitano says Bulgaria has also taken one step closer.

The agreement was signed by the homeland security secretary as well as the Bulgarian Prime Minister and Interior Minister and is aimed at a better exchange of information in the combating of serious crime such as drugs and human trafficking.

Ms Napolitano said upon signing the agreement that the 'document is another step towards lifting the visa regime for Bulgarian citizens'.

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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