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TRUMP IMMIGRATION POLICY: Three Caribbean Nations To Enjoy Visa-Free Travel To The United States Starting In January 2018

WASHINGTON — People from three countries: Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago: have been selected among some Asian countries to enjoy visa-free travel to the United States as part of Phase 2 of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

When it comes into force, nationals from the selected countries would not require visas to the United States for a stay up to 180 days for tourism and business purposes only.

In a statement released to the press, the three countries would be used to pilot an intended visa-free program for selected countries worldwide for a period of 12 months starting January 2018.

The statement added that, travelers arriving in the United States before January 2018 who are nationals of Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago are required to obtain visas before their travels.

This policy excludes people traveling to settle, study or work in the U.S.

The Philippines, China and Vietnam are the Asian countries included in the piloting of the Phase 2 of the U.S immigration Policy under President Trump.

Speaking to the Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, President Trump said this is a move to open national borders to countries that “do not pose any risk to the security of Americans.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.


  1. Andre
    December 13, 2017 at 4:34 PM — Reply

    What are the requirements for a Jamaican?

    • December 14, 2017 at 8:40 AM — Reply

      Please contact the U.S. State Department or U.S. Immigration and Naturalization.

      • Stephanie Curtis
        May 16, 2018 at 9:53 PM — Reply

        Please John McCarthy say this true

  2. Ameena
    December 14, 2017 at 5:59 PM — Reply

    Is this true or a joke

  3. Eugene
    January 19, 2018 at 5:56 PM — Reply

    It’s a false news story. Too good to be true. Jamaicans still have to apply for travel visas. The requirements are stricter now under the Trump immigration policies. Even visa waiver countries have background checks on their nationals. So not everyone even from the visa waiver countries are allowed to travel to the United States since the United States is trying to minimize the risk imposed by criminals and terrorist. Actually it should be harder for Jamaicans to get a visa to United States as a whole because of the latest criminal activities from 2017 and 2018 in Jamaica. Even UK government has reduced the amount of visas granted to Jamaicans due to the fact that higher percentage of Jamaicans are drug mules and/or overstay past their travel visitation times. Jamaicans must now obtain the visa for UK prior to even stepping foot on to the plane.

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