US State Department Halts Visa Waiver Plans for Israelis

by Admin on November 19, 2017

Plans for US visa exemptions for Israeli citizens have been halted by the Trump administration, The Jerusalem Post reports.

The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens from 38 countries to stay in the US for up to 90 days without obtaining entry visas beforehand. Despite repeated efforts to join the program, Israel is yet to become a participating member.

Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, recently expressed optimism at the prospect of the US signing an agreement with Israel. However, the State Department indicated otherwise, with a spokesperson stating that Israel “does not meet all the requirements at this stage”.

Shaked stated that negotiations are ongoing. “Israel has made significant progress towards meeting the US parameters, but a great deal of work is left to be done before the processes are completed”, she said.

Currently, no time frame has been given for a decision to be made regarding Israel’s involvement in the program.

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