On Independence Day, Monday, Poland entered the US Visa Waiver Program. Both the Polish president and the US ambassador to Poland lauded the development. "Poland joining the Visa Waver Program has become a fact," President Andrzej Duda said.
The first country in five years to join the programme, from November 11th Poles will be able travel to the United States for 90 days business or tourism without applying for a visa.
An official communique on accepting Poland to the US Visa Waiver Program will be announced later today in Washington, Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Wednesday morning.
Frank J. Spula, the president of America's largest Polish diaspora organisation, the Polish American Congress, said in a telephone conversation with PAP that he is satisfied that US President Donald Trump "kept his word" regarding lifting visas for Poles.
Poland has been waiting for admission to the American visa waiver programme for nearly 30 years. Today, that wait ended.
US Vice-President Mike Pence said in Warsaw on Monday that Poland has already reached a situation in which it can participate in the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP).
US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher has declared she intends to bring Poland into the visa waiver programme before the end of her term of office, if not this year, definitely in 2020.
The four-piece girl folk band, who said they were looking forward to wowing American audiences with their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, have apologised to their legion of fans on social media after being told they could not travel to the States.
Of the 683,000 residence permits issued by Poland in 2017, 85.7 percent went to Ukrainians, followed by Belarusians (6.3 percent). People from Moldova, another former member of the Soviet Union, came third (1.1 percent).
Up to 25,000 people are awaiting Polish work visas in the embassy in New Delhi, India, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (DGP) daily wrote on Monday.