The United States President Donald Trump has once again reiterated that Poland is ready to join the countries under the US Visa Waiver Program and that it will soon become one of them.
During a meeting with the Polish President Andrzej Duda on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly, Trump told President Duda that Polish people will soon travel to the US visa-free, as the rest of the Schengen member states already do.
According to a brief statement of the White House, President Trump said that the visa waiver is already approved, and the procedures are now being handled ‘mechanically’ in order to be completed as soon as possible.
“The visa waivers are in store; it’s already approved. And we’re doing it mechanically now so that we get them done as soon as we can, so it’s much easier to get to Poland and to the United States for the people that want to get there,” Trump said, adding that he was aware how important the Visa Waiver is for the Polish President and people.
Asked by journalists when Polish passport holders will be able to enter the US visa-free, Trump only said that it would happen soon.
“Very soon. Yeah. We have to work out structurally. In other words, from the — we have to get it done. But they qualify. We worked together very hard on that. But now they qualify, Georgette, and we’re going to be able to work that out very quickly. I think over the next couple of months we could have it done,” Trump concluded.
At the very beginning of this month, Trump’s vice president, Michael Pence, told President Duda that Poland is almost ready to join the Visa Waiver Program.
He said so in a meeting with Duda in Poland, where he traveled to participate at the observances marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and for meetings with Polish leaders. Trump was also scheduled to attend these events but he canceled due to Hurricane Dorian.
So far, Polish citizens are the only Schengen citizens who need a sticker visa to travel to the US, while the rest can do so by only obtaining an ESTA authorization. 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%. On the other hand, around 10 million Poles live in the United States, making them one of the country’s biggest ethnic minorities.
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