The Northern Marianas had previously been a different jurisdiction of the United States with respect to immigration control. Under a federalization law passed by the U.S. Congress in 2008, the immigration functions of the Northern Marianas were taken over by U.S. Homeland Security authorities on November 28, 2009. The current visa waiver program in the northern Guam Islands came into force at that time and replaced the current Northern Islands legislation on island entry and also replaced an old visa waiver program for Guam. This programme included the aforementioned countries, as well as Indonesia, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, although these countries were removed from the list of countries eligible for the new programme. [70] [71] On 17 June 2008, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin and US Minister of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff signed an interim agreement under the visa waiver programme, as stated in a statement by the press service of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [46] · Given the international convention, the doctrine of reciprocity, national profit and other such factors, some countries benefit from the visa exemption. U.S. visa policy does not apply to the territory of American Samoa because it has its own entry rules and maintains control of its own borders.

Therefore, no U.S. visa or ESTA can be used to enter American Samoa. If necessary, an entry or electronic authorization must be obtained from the American Samoan Ministry of Rights. [78] Travel visas can be divided into two categories: immigrants and non-immigrants. The immigration visa allows the holder to stay permanently in the host country, while the visa for non-immigrants allows the holder to temporarily enter the host country. British overseas nationals, because of their connection to the Turks and Caicos Islands, can enter the United States without a visa for short shops and holidaymakers. [117] To qualify, they must not have had a criminal conviction or ineligibility in the past, not have violated U.S. immigration law, and must enter the United States on a direct flight from the territory. In addition, they must present a passport from the Turks and Caicos Islands, which states that they are a British overseas citizen and that they have the right to stay in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In addition to a valid non-expired passport, all travellers aged 14 and over must present a police certificate issued by the Royal Turkish Police and Icelandic Caicos within the past six months. All Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom Citizens of the Turks and Caicos Islands who apply for admission to a port of entry that does not have direct service to the territory must be in possession of a valid visa to enter the United States. Canadian citizens arriving as visitors are cleared of fingerprints or photos under the U.S.

VOYE and do not need a machine-readable passport. U.S. Customs and Border Guards decide whether entry is permitted on the basis of non-immigration intentions. The maximum allowable length of stay is one year, but may be extended[108] although CBP is generally considered the maximum allowed per calendar year of six months, except in unusual circumstances (e.g. B medical treatment).