Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Wednesday that the US has begun the process of eliminating the visa requirement for Colombians entering the country.
After a meeting with US Vice-President Joe Biden on Wednesday, President Santos confirmed in a press statement that the United States has already begun taking necessary steps to waive the visa requirement for Colombians.
Noting that that the process will take a long time, Santos told the press that procedures began last week in what is a “very important step” for Colombians, and publicly thanked the vice-president and government of the United States.
The Visa Waiver Program, established in 1986 as a temporary program, was signed into law in 2000 and now constitutes “one of a few exceptions under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in which foreign nationals are admitted into the United States without a valid visa,” according to the Congressional Research Service.
In March 2014, Chile joined the Visa Waiver Program, making it the only country in Latin America to currently hold this status.
- Presidente Santos confirma que EEUU inició de proceso para eliminar visas a los colombianos (Presidential press release)
- Visa Waiver Program (U.S. Department of State)
- CRS Report for Congress