The US President Donald Trump said during a press conference after a meeting with the Polish President Andrzej Duda that the US authorities are thinking about adding Poland to the Visa Waiver Program within the next 90 days.
According to a press release of the White House, President Trump congratulated Poland for its progress on meeting US criteria for entry into the Visa Waiver Program.
“Today, our country signed a Preventing and Combatting Serious Crimes Agreement — a significant and necessary step for Poland’s entry into the program. Though we still have some work to do, we hope to welcome Poland into the Visa Waiver Program very soon, and that’s a very big deal,” President Trump said.
When asked by journalists how soon can Poland hope to travel visa-free to the United States, Trump said that a decision would be taken “probably in the next 90 days”.
“It’s a complex situation, as you know. But we’re getting very close. We allow very few countries to join, but Poland is one that we’re thinking about allowing in. So we’ll be making that decision over the next, probably, 90 days,” he explained.
On the other hand, the Polish President Andrzej Duda thanked Trump for the agreement sign between both countries, adding that it moves Poland closer to the VWP.
“Thank you for this agreement, which talks about preventing and combatting serious crimes. It moves us closer to visa waiver program between Poland and the United States — which to you, Mr. President, and to me, and, first and foremost to Poles, is so important — is of such a crucial importance,” he said adding that this visa waiver program would be possible soon, before the end of the first term of President Donald Trump.
In a previous meeting at the White House last September, President Trump had also promised to President Duda, that the US is seriously seeking the inclusion of Poland in the US Visa waiver program.
The US Ambassador in Warsaw Georgette Mosbacher had as well promised last November that Poles will soon join the other Schengen nationals traveling to the United States without a Visa for business and tourism.
“I am committed to getting the visa waiver through by the end of next year,” she said at the time, convinced that Polish nationals deserved to be part of the Visa Waiver Program.
Currently, Poland is the only Schengen member state, which the US has not placed under the Visa Waiver Program. For Poland to join this program, it should have a visa refusal rate of less than 3%, which for now for Poland is just a bit under 10%.