US Ambassador in Warsaw, Georgette Mosbacher has once again reiterated that Poland will move under the US Visa Waiver program before the end of her mandate.
Ambassador Mosbacher, who was officially credentialed by President Andrzej Duda in a ceremony at the Belweder Palace in September 2018, said during an interview that if not this year, by 2020 Poles would be able to travel to the United States visa-free.
She encouraged Polish citizens to take advantage of the possibility of applying for and getting a US visa and thus contributing to the reduction of the visa refusal rate to the necessary 3 percent.
In November 2018, the ambassador had claimed that Polish nationals would be able to travel to US visa-free, by the end of this year.
Previously, during a meeting of the United States President Donald Trump with the Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House, Trump had said that the US is seriously seeking the inclusion of Poland in the US Visa waiver program.
Poland remains the only one of the Schengen member states, which the US has not placed under the Visa Waiver Program. The reason behind this is that for a country to join the VWP, its diaspora in the US must be below than 3%. Whereas, the US has a huge community of Poles living in its states, despite that in recent years the number has dropped below 10%.
For Poland to join the VWP, the country should meet the requirements in the program, including the decrease of diaspora under 3%.