The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that Greece is now included as a member country of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Greece joins 35 other countries already participating in the VWP. The VWP allows citizens of designated countries to travel to the United States as a business visitor or for pleasure for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. Citizens from these 36 countries (including Greece) are required to apply for Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States through the VWP. Information about ESTA is contained in our firm’s previous Immigration Updates dated January 18, 2010. Citizens of Greece will now be able to travel to the United States to visit for business or pleasure for up to 90 days through the VWP after receiving authorization through the ESTA system.