Citizens of countries – mostly European -- with which the US has a visa-waiver programme do not require a visa to enter the United States.
While the US has no such programme with India, the latest announcement indicates that Indian visitors too would face tighter security screening before they are given visa to enter the United States.
"These changes will, among other measures, improve our ability to identify individuals who may have travelled to conflict zones, enhance our ability to thwart terrorist attempts to travel on lost or stolen passports, and will facilitate increased information-sharing with our European partners," White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest said.
The Visa-Waiver Programme (VWP) permits visa free travel for 20 million visitors per year to the United States for citizens of 38 program partner countries around the world.


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