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Visa free travel to US in jeopardy

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Australians travelling to the US may have to say goodbye to the current visa free system, and get used to lining up for a face to face interview at an American Consul under new plans being considered by the newly elected US Government.

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Crackdown on entry to US could spell the end of online visa free travel for Aussies

US President Donald Trump is standing by his pre-election pledges to strengthen border control into the US, with a draft copy of an executive order on immigration and refugees looking at scrapping the current visa waiver program, which enables Australians to visit the US on a 90-day tourist visa by submitting biographical information online, in favour of in-person interviews.

The draft executive order states: “The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with section 222 of the INA (Immigration and Nationality Act), which requires that all individuals seeking a non-immigrant visa, undergo an in-person interview, subject to specific statutory exceptions.”

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