Malaysians are hoping for the day they can visit the United States without having to go through the hassle of applying for a visa.

And that could be in the not-too-distant future as the Home Ministry is now strongly pushing for visa-free travel between the two countries.

We have been working hard to join 37 nations, including Singapore and Brunei, on the US Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in an interview with Sunday Star.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and US President Barack Obama agreed to consult further on Malaysia’s intention of joining the VWP during the latter’s visit to Malaysia in April.

The issue was in the forefront during Dr Ahmad Zahid’s recent trip to New York and Washington. The VWP would enable Malaysians to enter the US without visa and allow them to stay in the US for a maximum of 90 days for tourism or business purposes.

The minister left for the US on Sept 24 for a nine-day working visit which included meetings with Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan, former New York Police Department chief Charles V. Campisi, and US Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Edward Royce.

He also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Immigration Cooperation with US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to formalise immigration cooperation that among others that will include document screening.

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