Digging Deeper:

The Visa Waiver Program and Visitors from Mexico and Canada



Special rules apply to short-term business visitors who are nationals of the 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program.18 The Visa Waiver Program allows business travel for a maximum of three months.19 Border Crossing Cards are available to some Mexican and Canadian business visitors.20  Under the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, special rules apply to workers from Mexico and Canada who visit the U.S. temporarily in the course of their jobs, for example in the fields of research and design, marketing, sales and distribution, and certain tour bus operators and translators.21

  • 18. 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(b)(3).
  • 19. 9 FAM 41.2 N10.
  • 20. For instance, the B-1/B-2-BCC is issued to Mexican citizens who are eligible for a B-1 visa and who seek to enter the U.S. as a temporary visitor for business or pleasure. BCC stands for Border Crossing Card. 9 FAM 41.32 N1.1. See also 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(b)(4) and 22 C.F.R. § 41.32.
  • 21. 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(b)(4).