Hungary’s consulate general in New York warns Hungarian citizens of the consequences of exceeding the 90-day limitation when staying in the United States, Hungarian news site Zoom.hu reports.
Hungarian citizens intending to visit the United States for tourism or business for up to 90 days are eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) since 2008, the US embassy’s website reminds. “Visitors applying for entry under this program are allowed to remain for a maximum of 90 days. Visitors who enter on the VWP cannot change status or extend their duration of stay. Travelers coming under the VWP cannot work or study. If you plan to stay for more than 90 days, or if you intend to study or to work, you MUST obtain a visa before traveling. Failure to do so could result in your being detained at the port of entry and returned to Hungary on the first available flight”, they add.
Zoom.hu writes, based on the US Department of Home Security’s data that of 82 553 Hungarian citizens who traveled to the US under the VWP, 2272 people – 2.75% – didn’t return home in 90 days. The Department of Home Security issued a statement, stressing that it’s “taking action to further strengthen the already robust national security and immigration enforcement elements of the VWP”.
According to the news site this means that if the tendency doesn’t change, Hungary’s visa freedom can be in danger. For individuals, the consulate general reminds, staying illegally in the US has immediate consequences and long term disadvantages.