WB (Visa Waiver Program)
Some visitors coming to the United States for short business visits can enter without needing to obtain a U.S. visa. This is referred to as the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Not all countries participate in the VWP, and not all travelers from VWP countries are eligible to use the program. To be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, individuals must obtain preauthorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before departing for the U.S.
Individuals self-petition to enter the U.S. on the VWP. This means that the IPO does not formally sponsor individuals in this immigration classification. However, as described below, the sponsoring Department must provide an invitation letter to describe the individual’s visit to UMass Amherst.
Allowable Activity on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
Visitor may engage in scientific, educational, professional, or business conventions/conferences, or to undertake independent research. NOTE: VWP visitors may NOT study or work, work as foreign press, radio, film, journalists, or other information media, or gain permanent residence in the U.S.
90-days or less. Extensions are not permitted.
Obtain the necessary authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and have a non-transferable, non-refundable round-trip ticket to/from the U.S.