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Oct 7, 2019, 01:28 PM
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No WIZA pass in next year to USA

Visas to the USA. You won't like the clerk? You come back to Poland.
Visa-free travel to the USA does not mean that every Pole will be able to enter the United States. Immigration officials will make decisions about who to let in. You can be unpleasantly disappointed and better to have cash with you on your return flight.
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a document about Poland's inclusion in the visa-free regime.

Poles will be able to travel to the United States for tourist or business purposes for 90 days without first requiring a visa.

When? Most likely at the end of the year, because this will take all the formalities - said US Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher on Tuesday.
Visas will continue to apply to students or people who are going to the US for longer.

The lack of visas for tourists does not mean, however, that anyone who wants to enter the US will enter. Now a person traveling to the United States must pay $ 160 and get a visa promise. At this stage, consulate officials partially verify who is applying for it.

However, the final decision about who to let in the US airport is already made by the appropriate services. And this will not change. With or without a visa, who does not like the official, returns to Poland by the nearest possible transport.
Who will not enter the US?
Visa-free travel to the US can be forgotten by people who left for Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen after March 1, 2011.

Visa-free travel partly relieves consulates of who enters the US. Earlier, anyone who wanted to travel across the ocean was verified before receiving a visa.

Verification of everyone who enters the United States, however, is carried out by border services, and anyone who wants to enter there must have a conversation with the immigration officer.
It may happen that a Polish tourist, although covered by a visa-free travel program, will be stopped at the border.

- This is really the abolition of the visa promise issued by the consulates, because the visa itself is issued at the border - explains Roman Rewald, a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce. - If it turns out that someone enters for non-tourist purposes, can be withdrawn. If it turns out that someone is traveling as a tourist and wants to work, he will be arrested at the border, locked in a cell for the night and put on the nearest plane to Poland.

All power in the hands of an official
It is only the Customs and Border Protection who decides whether anyone will be allowed to enter the US.
The control can be very meticulous. Luggage is searched, cell phones are checked, and interrogation at the border can last several hours.

During checks, officials check primarily the actual destination. If they suspect that someone is coming with the intention of staying permanently in the US, or take a job, they will not let him into the United States.

In total, 5,523 Polish citizens were detained on the border between 2010 and 2016, who traveled to the USA with tourist visas.

Among the detained were, among others Polish composer Piotr Pałka. The musician was invited to a concert at which the orchestra performed his songs.

After a 5-hour interrogation, despite a written invitation, he was not allowed into the US. According to CBP officers, he came to work. After 15 hours of waiting for the return plane, he returned to Poland.

However, contact with border control officers does not always involve interrogation of many hours.

- The official asked me only one question: "why do you need this visa?" - says Sebastian, our reader who underwent border control last year. - As if he was surprised that they still apply. I was asked more questions at the consulate, but they were not very detailed either. They asked where I would be, how long, if I had already bought accommodation etc...
Who will pay for the return?
Tourists stopped on the border must return to the country by the nearest possible transport. At your own expense.

- All foreigners intending to enter the US should have cash or a credit card with them, even if they have an invitation. This money will allow a convert from the American border to return home relatively calmly, says Melissa Maraj, CBP spokesperson, in an interview with Polish Daily News.

In the event of refusal to enter the US, the detainee has the right to contact the consulate. However, the consul has no influence on the immigration office's decision. The only thing he can do is cover the cost of returning home by the cheapest means of transport.

Condition - on returning to the country the entire amount must be returned.

"It should be remembered that the provision of financial assistance by a consul is limited to exceptional situations. In the vast majority of countries it is possible to transfer money abroad by bank, e.g. through companies providing paid money transfer services abroad" - informs the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland on its website in Chicago.

Detained persons who do not agree with the CBD's decision have the right to demand a copy of their case file. They can also file a written complaint to the address of the US office in Washington.