Durbin Statement On Poland's Entry Into Visa Waiver Program

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today on the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement regarding Poland’s entry into the Visa Waiver Program.  Starting November 11, 2019, citizens of Poland will be able to apply to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa.

“For years, I have worked in Congress for visa waivers for our Polish visitors.  I know so many Polish Americans who simply want their family and friends from Poland to have easier access to visit America.  Today’s announcement is welcome news and recognition of the close, trusting relationship between the United States and the Polish people.”

In 2013, Durbin was a lead sponsor of bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation that, at Durbin’s request, included a provision that would have allowed Poland to qualify for the Visa Waiver Program.  This legislation passed the Senate 68-32 but was subsequently blocked by the Republicans who then controlled the House of Representatives.