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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

US authorities consider adding Romania, three other countries to Visa Waiver program

Travelling to the United States could become easier for Romanians, as the US authorities are considering adding Romania and three other countries to its Visa Waiver program.

"We have four candidates in the pipeline: Israel, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania," US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Tuesday, quoted by Reuters. "We're very, very focused on the program," he added.

The Visa Waiver program, which currently includes 40 countries, allows citizens to come to the US without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Croatia joined the program in September.

Romania has been lobbying for years to have the US visas lifted for its citizens. However, as the visa rejection rate of Romanian candidates is still high, the country has been left on the waiting list.

According to Reuters, Alejandro Mayorkas spoke with the European Commission's Commissioner for Home Affairs in February, and both "expressed their continued interest in maintaining the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record Agreement and working with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania to meet the qualifications for the Visa Waiver program."

To join the program, a country must meet several requirements related to counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, document security, and border management.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

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Profile picture for user irina.popescu0
Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

US authorities consider adding Romania, three other countries to Visa Waiver program

Travelling to the United States could become easier for Romanians, as the US authorities are considering adding Romania and three other countries to its Visa Waiver program.

"We have four candidates in the pipeline: Israel, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania," US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Tuesday, quoted by Reuters. "We're very, very focused on the program," he added.

The Visa Waiver program, which currently includes 40 countries, allows citizens to come to the US without a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Croatia joined the program in September.

Romania has been lobbying for years to have the US visas lifted for its citizens. However, as the visa rejection rate of Romanian candidates is still high, the country has been left on the waiting list.

According to Reuters, Alejandro Mayorkas spoke with the European Commission's Commissioner for Home Affairs in February, and both "expressed their continued interest in maintaining the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record Agreement and working with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania to meet the qualifications for the Visa Waiver program."

To join the program, a country must meet several requirements related to counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, document security, and border management.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Kuprevich/Dreamstime.com)

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