US Vice President: Poland Is Nearing Readiness for Visa Waiver Program

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US Vice President: Poland Is Nearing Readiness for Visa Waiver Program

By | 2019-09-04T15:29:42+00:00 September 2nd, 2019|US Visa/Passport News|

Two weeks before the deadline that Trump appointed for Poland to join the Visa Waiver Program of the United States, his vice president, Michael Pence, said that Poland is almost ready to join the Visa Waiver Program.

Vice President Mike Pence said so during his trip in Poland to participate in observances Sunday marking the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II and for meetings with Polish leaders on Monday. Trump was also scheduled to attend these events but he cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian, which today hit the Grand Bahama.

According to Vice President Pence, Poland is nearing readiness for a visa waiver program.

“I am pleased to see that Poland is nearing eligibility for the visa waiver program,” Pence said during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw, on Monday.

Vice President Pence’s statements come less than three months after The US President Donald Trump said in 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.

“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,” President Trump said at the time.

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%. 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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