by Chris Musillo

Effective May 1, 2014, the country of Chile joins 37 other countries who are part of the US' Visa Waiver program. Chilean passport holders with both an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and an e-passport will be able to visit the United States without nonimmigrant visitor visas. Chilean nationals will no longer have to apply for a B1/B2 visa.

Chile is one of the most-preferred counties in US immigration. Not only is Chile now the first Latin American country to qualify for the Visa Waiver program, it is only one of five countries who may avoid the onerous H-1B cap by filing a Trade Visa.

The five Trade Visa Countries are: Canada (TN), Mexico (TN, Australia (E-3), Singapore (H-1B1), and Chile (H-1B1).

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