美國似乎開始作出一些政策改變

http://www.dhs.gov/ximgtn/programs/gc_1233260198902.shtm

這是高登會員133282,在作出off topic posting時提出的新政策,這是美國國土安全部在2月9日頒佈,並且在今年六月將會實施,主要將關島免簽計劃,擴大至關島鄰近島嶼,並且將部分成員國家剔除。

雖然特區護照加入在關島及CNMI免簽政策當中,但美國在列出香港這個區域時,有一項與美國一貫政策不同的地方。在這個計劃下,持BN(O)的香港人是當成英國公民處理,不是美國一貫在處理簽證問題時,不論香港持BN(O)還是特區護照,都是當成「香港」來處理(在美國簽證,BN(O)代號是HOKO,而特區護照是HNK,但意思都是香港),不會把BN(O)持有人當成英國公民(Citizens of Hong Kong previously were eligible for admission under the Guam VWP as citizens of the United Kingdom.)。

現時未知英國上議院的Section 4BA修訂案的辯論結果,美國國土安全部的做法,亦不像與BN(O)平權有關,但有可能與BN(O)以至其他英國護照,最終會一統在Visa Waiver Program有關,一方面BN(O)的refusal rate已經合符現行VWP法律要求,另一方面,歐盟一向要求美國一統給予所有歐盟國家國民免簽待遇,在這種情況下,美國將香港兩種不同國家護照一併處理,是不切實際的做法。而對Border Protection前線員工,要他們去浪費時間認辨兩種英國護照的分別,也是對反恐沒好處。

換言之,這次特區護照得到關島免簽,某程度上是繼承了過往美國對BDTC-HK以至後來BN(O)的禮待,但美國亦首次不把BN(O)當成香港護照。如果有一天,英國和美國就其他英國國民VWP問題達成協議,小弟不會感到意外。

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  1. But I created a petition on 10 Downing Street website and it seems that the request has been rejected by the US Govt:

    http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page18160

    “Thank you for your e-petition calling for the UK Government to ask the US Government to include British National (Overseas) passport holders in the US Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

    We have been engaged in a series of discussions with the US authorities which, while necessary, have delayed a full reply being prepared. We apologise for the delay.

    We approached the US authorities over the possible inclusion of holders of British National (Overseas), as well as British Overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen, British protected person and British subject passports, in the US VWP. They confirmed that the VWP Electronic System for Travel Authorization requirement does not apply to all categories of British passport holders because the VWP itself does not apply to all categories of British passport holders.

    The US Embassy website indicates that only British citizen passport holders are eligible. The US authorities have pointed out that, while the VWP legislation refers to “nationals” of programme countries, the VWP Regulation indicates, with respect to eligibility, that reference to the United Kingdom covers only British citizens who have the unrestricted right of permanent abode in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man); it does not cover the other categories of passports for British nationals, or citizens of Commonwealth countries.

    The US authorities confirmed that the VWP Regulation limits the availability of VWP travel to citizens of the UK, as outlined above. Whilst final discussions with the US on the VWP are ongoing, we do not expect the position to change for holders of other categories of British or Commonwealth passports. “

  2. To Sam Fan

    在布殊政府下,是不敢動香港BN(O)和HKSAR分別這個敏感問題,但奧巴馬係另一回事。

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