Welcome to EstaVisa.com.au, the online agency that provides assistance in obtaining the Electronic Travel Authorization that is necessary for entering the United States of America. From January 12, 2009 all citizens of countries belonging to the VWP (USA Visa Waiver Program) must obtain this online travel authorization before entering the territory of the United States of America.
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If your ESTA is denied, we can schedule an appointment – at your request - at a US Consulate or Embassy
You can follow the instructions on our website in the Application section. You can apply for it only if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen.
You do not need a visa for short visits to the United States since you are a British citizen. UK is a Visa Waiver Program country and being a citizen of it should only require you to apply for online travel authorization (ESTA) before traveling. There is a fee for this. It's quite an easy process as you only need a few things: provide your passport details and answer yes/no questions. The columns for the telephone number, e-mail address, flight details and address details are optional and can be left blank when you apply. In this case, you can have the ESTA ready for travel in advance. It is valid for two years or until the expiration of your passport, whichever of the two comes first.
With regards to the online authorization (ESTA) which is needed prior to traveling to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program, then yes. You may do so through travel agents. In the same time, it is recommended to apply online since it saves you time and money. If you have a friend that has no internet connection, you can also apply the ESTA for him/her.
If you are not qualified to travel under the visa waiver program [for instance, having a criminal record] you may still apply for a tourist visa through the U.S. Embassy in London.
Since you are an Australian citizen, you do not have to apply for a Visa for a US trip that will only go for 90 days. You can go for Visa Waiver instead in which you need to register for that through ESTA. You would only need a visa if you are planning to stay for more than 90 days.
I Am Not A Canadian Citizen, I Am Just A Permanent Resident.
The United States suspended the transit without visa after 9/11. If you need a visa to visit the United States you will also need one to transit via a U.S. airport, unless you hold a passport of a country which is exempted from the visa requirement or of a country which participates on the Visa Waiver Program.
If your country is eligible under the Visa Waiver Program, you should apply for Electronic System Travel Authorization (ESTA) for the purpose of transit online on the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There is a fee for this and it can be paid using credit card.
Citizens of other countries need to have a U.S. C-1 transit visa and there is a particular fee for this application. You need to apply for this at the US Embassy or the Consulate General which covers your province or territory of residence in Canada.
Puerto Rico is US territory which is why the US immigration law applies at any port of entry of the United States regardless of whether it is located on the US mainland or its territories in the Caribbean.
Here's a quote from the US Customs and Border Protection Info Center:
Q: I am only traveling for business purposes and it's only for a short period of time to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Is there still a need to apply for ESTA if I am a citizen of a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program?
A: Yes, applying for an ESTA is still needed for you to travel to these locations.
You need to apply for ESTA for visa-free travel to Puerto Rico and the application comes with a particular fee.
A Canadian visa does not grant entry to the United States. The requirements vary and greatly depend on the nationality of the Canadian visa holder.
There are a few countries in which the citizens won't be required of a visa to visit the U.S.
On the other hand, there are also several countries that participate on the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
With this being mentioned, these individuals can seek entry at a land border by filling an arrival/departure record form I-94W and paying a certain fee in cash. With regards to online travel authorization (ESTA), it must be applied for prior to traveling by air.
The rest still need to apply for a U.S. B/2 visa in order to visit the United States. The visa must be applied for at the U.S. Embassy or the Consulate General which covers the Canadian province or territory of residence.
Visa Waiver Program - http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/withou... ..
Land border entry - https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/... ..
ESTA - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html ..
U.S. authorities in Canada - http://canada.usembassy.gov/visas/information-for-canadians/us-consulates-in-canada.html ..
If you are a British citizen, the only thing you need is your U.K. EU passport. The travel authorization (ESTA) is only needed upon arrival at a port of entry to the United States by plane or by a transatlantic cruise.
As for land travel, it is not required anymore. What you just have to obtain is an Arrival/Departure Record [Form I-94W] at the border which involves a certain fee.
Try to get that form in advance from the airline you use to travel into Canada, it will facilitate the border crossing if you have filled it in advance.
I'm visiting Chicago this year and I just completed my ESTA application and it got approved. What should I do next after printing my application? Do I only need to show the printout or should I be receiving something from the post which I must present to someone in Arrival? My second question is about the box indicating my Country of Residence on the form. My printout has this space blank since I didn't see this box when I was filling out my application. Would this be a problem? Finally, I booked through Expedia and they said that the email I received will serve as my E-ticket. Should the airline send me the actual ticket in the post or should I just present the email at Check-in?
You do not have to deal with CIS upon arriving to the USA.
Since your application for ESTA is approved, you may board the plane to ask for entry into the USA. Having an approved ESTA (or visa) does not guarantee entry into the USA. If you told the truth on your application and you're honest about the reason why you are visiting the US, then there's a possibility that you'll be allowed to enter.
Print your e-ticket and bring it to the airport. They will give you a boarding pass once you check in. Bring the e-ticket printout with you to the USA because you need to have it when you use the visa waiver program (ESTA).
You are required to apply for ESTA at least 72 hours before your travel to the USA if you do not have a B-2 Visa. Without any of these two, you won't be allowed to board on the plane.
There's a possibility that you may or may not be caught if you lie about your ESTA application. If you get approval to travel to the USA you will be allowed to board the airplane.
Afterwards, you will be brought to the US immigration and the CBP officer will assess you. You may make it through without any problems but if the immigration found something that makes you inadmissible, you will be held in a holding facility as you wait for your flight back to the UK.
You can go to the USA to travel under the ESTA program. There is a particular fee for this so please check the website www.cpb..gov/esta to see the exact cost. However, once your employer hires you, you need a working visa for that.
This is my case, I used to work in the US complete with a working visa. On my previous job, I fell in love with a non-US citizen who is under an HB1 Visa. I had to go back to France but since then, I started flying more often to the US just to see my boyfriend. I flew every month under ESTA. But then the situation changed when I was stopped by Customs last time saying that I have been traveling to the US too much. I was told by friends to hide my relationship with my boyfriend so I did. Unfortunately, I got caught. They sent me back to France and permanently cancelled my ESTA (with a sworn statement). So eventually, I got an opportunity to acquire a J1 visa. I'm scheduled for an appointment in the consulate soon. My boyfriend's name is mentioned in my sworn statement just to mention. Now, should I just tell them that my boyfriend and I are just friends? Do you think my visa can be denied for having a boyfriend in the US? Any suggestions please?
Probably. There's no accurate answer for this. There is a possiblity that the consulate will look at your J1 visa application the same way they looked at your Visa Waiver previously. There is a possibility that they'll think you're only using it to see your boyfriend just like before. It's very difficult to say but since you have already lost your Visa Waiver privilege due to lying, it would be wise to just tell the truth this time about your boyfriend. On the other hand, you can also just consider marrying him and live together on an H4 visa. However, that won't still allow you to work.
The US immigration law already stated a Visa Waiver Program which is applicable to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam-GNMI since November 28, 2009.
If you are a US citizen, there's no need for a visa to enter a country within US territory. There are about 36 countries under the US Visa Waiver Program in which the citizens can travel to Northern Mariana Islands with no visa. In addition, ESTA is also not required.
There are also a number of countries that participate in the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program in which citizens are allowed to stay in the US for 45 days.
If you are from China or Russia, there can be special provisions for a visa-free travel.
As for other countries, their citizens need to apply for a US B-2 Visa before the start of the trip.
My scheduled trip to the US will be spent 2 weeks in Los Angeles and 1 week in San Diego. So then I applied for the Visa Waiver Program and got a confirmation upon submitting it. The confirmation has letters and numbers in it and so I printed it out. Upon arrival at LAX's US Immigration, do I have to present this printed copy? Otherwise would they know if my application is confirmed? If ever the situation goes to the event that I am declined to enter because of failing to submit an application online, am I going to be sent back immediately? What are the other solutions for this?
If you received a confirmation that states "Authorization Approved", then you are good to go. This confirmation should have a 16-letter/digit application code and an expiration date.
You don't need to take this with you. However, if you didn't receive a confirmation such as that, you need to check your status of application on the official ESTA website. You just have to enter your application number code, passport number and birthday.
There is no need for you to bring the approval along with you during the trip. The data is electronically linked to the Dept. of Homeland Security wherein it is automatically checked with the ESTA database. If ever your ESTA is invalid, the airline will either refuse to have you on board or ask you to leave the plane prior to departure.
I am an Australian and New Zealand citizen, living in Sydney, NSW Australia. I am going to travel to New York and stay there for one week. I saw some information about the Visa Waiver Program so I was wondering about it. Do I still need to acquire a visa if I'm only going to New York for leisure for a week?
There are 35 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).
If you are a citizen of any of these countries and you only plan to stay not more than 90 days, a visa is no longer required. You only need to apply for an ESTA.
Prior to traveling, apply for ESTA at least 3 days before. If you are planning to visit during the peak season, allot more days for planning since there will be a lot of other people applying for it as well.
Please bear in mind that being a citizen of any of those 35 countries still does not fully guarantee your approval.
How long would a US visa application take for two German women, one in her seventies and the other in her late 40s? Their stay in the US will last for 2 weeks only for the purpose of visiting some relatives.
If you are a German citizen, there is no need to obtain a visa if your stay will only last for 90 days or less. You are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program so instead of a visa, you can apply for an ESTA online. The application process if very quick and easy.
I am only 12 years old and I am scheduled to fly to Chicago alone this year. The flight is going to have a layover in London which will last for 2 hours. Since I am only 12, I researched about policies and found out that British Airways will allow me to fly alone even if without a stewardess. Is this right? Also, what am I supposed to do in the airport? What are the things I need to bring? Do I have to bring money and credit card? What should I do during the layover in London?
You only need your passport to enter the US if you are a US citizen.
In the case that you don't have US citizenship and you're an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you'll need a visa or ESTA prior to traveling to the US.
After completing your ESTA application, you'll be receiving a confirmation which you have to print. You can also just record the confirmation code.
There's actually no need for money for your food and drinks during the flight. However, it is still important for you to bring some money just in case you want to buy something as you wait for your flight in the airport. You can also choose to exchange some money to British pounds prior to leaving home so you'll be worry-free as you arrive in London. It's also wise to have emergency funds with you, including money in USD.
A lot of people only rely to their phone's contacts list when it comes to very important numbers. If you haven't memorized your home phone number and other important emergency contacts, you should definitely make a list. Keep this list with your passport.
Heathrow Airport in London is probably where you are going to change planes from Dusseldorf to Chicago.
You also need to pack a complete set of clothes and basic toiletries to your hand-carry bag. You may check TSA's official website to check what security rules apply regarding hand-carry bags.
There is also a possibility that you have to wait in the airport for a while for your next flight so it's better to list things to do or read.
You can check your airline's website to see what's included in their in-flight amenities.
If you are already on an airline partner program, that's good. If not, join the frequent flier program that your airline offers. This is free of charge and you can do so online. If you already registered online, call your airline and let them know that you'll add your flier number to your registration.
On the day prior to your trip, double-check your schedule to make sure that there are no changes with regards to the departure time of your flight.
Double-check to make sure that you have your boarding tickets, passport and your necessary documents with you before leaving.
Make sure you are in Dusseldorf airport at least 2 hours before your flight. You have to go to the check-in counter of the airline to receive your boarding passes and give them your checked luggage.
You will need boarding passes for both of your Dusseldorf-London and London-Chicago flight upon checking in at Dusseldorf. Your boarding pass will state your seat number and departure gate.
If ever you'll have someone to take you to the airport, he or she probably won't be allowed to go past by security checkpoint. So once you are already through the checkpoint, you need to carefully follow the signs on the way to your gate and wait there until you board. If you ask, the flight attendants will help you find your seat.
Upon arriving London, just follow the signs that will lead you to the gate for your next flight. The airline's ground staff can help you with directions. It's better to wait near the gate and wait there until you board to your Chicago flight.
If ever you are in need of help, there are lots of airline employees and staff that can assist you with directions or other flight-related questions.
On your way to Chicago, you'll receive a US Customs form to be distributed by the flight crew. You need to complete these forms before landing. You also need to put the street address and phone number of the place you'll be staying in the US.
Go to the Passport Control after boarding off the plane. You will be directed to the correct line by an immigration officer.
If you have any checked luggage, you need to go to Baggage Claim which is past by Passport Control. There are carts and porters there that can help you carry your luggage. After collecting your luggage, go to the Customs checkpoint. The US Customs officer will take your Customs form and then let you through. Just follow the signs to the exit.
If someone is going to meet you, he or she will be just outside the International Arrivals area.
Just go to the official ESTA website here
Yes, your entry is now granted. All you need is your airline ticket as well as your travel itinerary (including hotel reservations).
You also need to print out your confirmation or you can also just record the number/confirmation codes. Keep this information with your passport.
It is also required that you have a return ticket that states leaving North America. Make sure you have your itinerary copy since you need to present it on Passport Control.
It is also advisable to make sure if your Health Insurance covers you in the United States. If you are covered, then take the necessary documents to prove it. If it does not, avail a travel medical insurance for you. This is offered by travel agents or the airline itself. Medical care in the US is great but it's not cheap and it's not free. It's important that you have a medical health insurance just in case an emergency happens.
Do not schedule the date of your departure on the 90th day, especially if you are planning to stay in the US for a long time. In US policies, any part of the day is considered one full day. If you arrive at 11:59pm on day 1 and leave at 12:01am on day 10, that still counts as 10 days. It is much better to set your departure on or before day 88 of your stay because there are no exemptions for individuals who voluntarily overstayed under the Visa Waiver Program. There is a huge possibility that your VWP privileges will be permanently cancelled if you miss your flight due to invalid reasons.
The fact that your ESTA has been approved still does not guarantee your entry to the USA. There are a lot of people who learned this the hard way. If the US Customs and Border officer designated on the port of entry found out about your previous record of overstaying, you will be denied to enter and be sent back home.
A tourist visa (also known as B-2 visa) is required for your wife. She needs to apply for this at the Consulate General or US Embassy which has jurisdiction on the German state you currently live in.
If your case is that you have an expired Green Card and you have been residing outside the US for more than a year, you need to apply for an ESTA online. This is under the provisions of the Visa Waiver Program. There is a fee for the ESTA application and it can be paid using a credit card.
If your ESTA is approved, this is valid for two years or until your passport reaches its expiry. There's no need to apply for an ESTA for your upcoming trip but if ever you do apply for one, there's no need to do it again for another 2 years.
You can submit your ESTA application to the official ESTA website. DHS accepts this kind of voluntary application. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
If your country participates in the Visa Waiver Program, you will be required to apply for an ESTA regardless of what country you'll come from. ESTA is mandatory prior to traveling to the US by air or sea.
Unfortunately, you used one of the many rip-off sites online. This is not the real website for applying ESTA. The official website handled by the US Government used for ESTA application is this:
Applying for an ESTA does not cost so much. Also, ESTA is only for passport holders or citizens of the countries that participate in the Visa Waiver Program. India is not included in this list of countries.
Your friend is required to personally apply for a visa which can only be done at the US Embassy in London. Online applications are not available for this. There is also a fee for this process.
With regards to traffic offenses,
If a traveler has minor traffic offenses in his/her record but did not get to the point wherein the person got arrested or convicted, the traveler can still travel visa-free. Unless there are certain reasons that deem them unqualified.
However, a crime that involves moral turpitude is considered a grave offense under the terms of society and law. This will of course, affect your visa or ESTA.
So yes, you did not lie about answering the application question with "no" regarding a criminal record.
Most hotels in America require their primary guests to be at least 21 years old. This is mainly because most hotel rooms offer mini bars containing alcohol and because alcoholic beverages can be ordered through room service.
Although not all hotels in the US have the same age requirement. What you need to do is to double-check and verify the check-in age requirement to the hotel itself. It's quite advisable that you book the hotel with the help of a real travel agency to lessen all the hassle.
Going around Nashville is possible with the use of public transit or taxi. It's important that you consider the location of the hotel to make sure it's accessible to the city proper.
If everything goes smooth without any problems, it usually takes a week or two for a short visit. This also depends on where you want it from and what type of visa are you looking for.
There are also instances where a visa is not required especially for short visits. This is when countries participate on a Visa Waiver Program.
Before, the US used to ask for almost all visitors to present a visa. I had an experience before when we had to get one from the US Embassy considering that it's just for a short holiday in Florida. This is not the case anymore.
The place where you currently reside does not actually determine your need of a visa. It's all based on what citizenship you have. Let's say you are a British citizen and you're not really planning to stay in the US for more than 90 days, you only need an ESTA. This can be applied for online. ESTA replaces the green form which explains why it asks the same questions. Don't be surprised if you get asked if you were ever a Nazi. It's a question that surprises many travelers.
On the other hand, if you have a US citizenship, you are allowed to stay for up to 6 months in the United Kingdom without a visa and any prior registration. As long as you have your valid passport with you, you can just visit there.
The key is to always check the official website of the embassy of the country you would want to visit. You can easily find information there that tells you whether you need a visa or not and how long the process would take. It may also mention about Consular services which includes visas so better check that out as well.
This shouldn't be a problem at all because the Visa Waiver Program's purpose is truly for travelers who make multiple short trips to the US. Your ESTA is applicable for both trips and you won't be needing a regular visa anymore unless your visit is not for tourism or business at all.
Since you are a citizen of Hungary, you are allowed to visit the US without a visa for up to 90 days.
This can be done under the Visa Waiver Program wherein you have to make an online registration prior to traveling. There's no charge for this. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/
You should also print the confirmation and take it with you. You should also bring copies of your return airline ticket and hotel reservations.