I’m wondering how much will it cost me to get a US Visa?
I’m actually planning to apply as a nanny in the USA but I would like to ask first the cost of actually applying for a US visa.
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.
My ESTA has been cancelled. As part of USA Visa Waiver, is it still posiible for my J1 Visa to be denied as well for having my boyfriend in the US?
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.
How to I get a Visa to Northern Mariana Islands the easiest way considering that I have a friend there?
I’m clueless on how to obtain the visa needed for me to visit my friend in Northern Mariana Islands. I also don’t know the easiest way as well as the rules and provisions I need to know to get there. Please help me.
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.
I have a question with regards to the Visa Waiver Program for visiting the US.
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.
Do I need a visa or ESTA Australia to visit New York?
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.
Are there particular problems that German Citizens encounter when getting a visa to the US or when they apply for USA Visa?
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.
Do I need an ESTA Application for Australians if I am flying from Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) to Chicago, USA?
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.
Where should I apply for an ESTA to visit the US?
I need an official website where I can submit my ESTA application. It seems that I couldn’t find an official website and I don’t want to be scammed. What is the official website?
Just go to the official ESTA website here
What’s next after my ESTA application?
I have successfully applied for my ESTA online and I already got a confirmation for it for my upcoming US Travel. However, I’m curious on what’s next after this? Is there still a need for me to apply for a visa or is my entry already granted upon arriving US?
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.
I overstayed on a J1 Visa. Can I still return to the US again?
A few years ago, I accidentally mixed up my visa documents with regards to my J1 visa. Because of this, I miscalculated my 30-day travel limit and went over for 12 more days. Right now, I recently applied for an ESTA to travel to the US and got approved. Despite that, I still have worries that I might be declined to enter the US. Do you have any advice regarding this? Is it possible to enter the US again after the mishap I had back then?
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.
What visa do we need to visit the US considering that I am a German citizen and my wife is a Turkish citizen?
My wife and I need to go to the US for our son’s graduation but I’m not sure what kind of visa do we need to obtain. Since I am German, I know I don’t need a visa but what visa do we need for my wife (Turkish Citizen)? Do I still need to register myself under the Visa Waiver Program?
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.
Question about my ESTA Application for my US Travel?
I’m scheduled to fly to the US this year and the trip will only take 5 days. However, I recently heard about the recent changes regarding ESTA travel policies and requirements. It will take effect on the 4th day of my trip before I leave the US. Since there are changes, do I still need to apply for ESTA stating my original return date or just mention the date after the new requirements take effect?
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.
I have a question about US ESTA Visa.
My friend is currently here in the UK but she has an Indian passport. She wants to visit the US so I helped her apply for a visa (ESTA) online. I went to this website called Visa Central and applied there for her. I received a confirmation saying that the application has been approved. Is this the visa already? Can my friend already travel to the US with this document with her? I’m very confused if this document would suffice since I paid a huge amount for it. The confirmation states that it is valid for 2 years applicable for traveling in the US. Is this correct?
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.
I have a driving offense and I’m wondering if that will affect my ESTA? I applied for it under the Visa Waiver Program for my US travel.
I am scheduled to travel to the US this year by the end of the month but I have received 6 points on my Driver’s License due to driving my car without insurance. I have successfully filled the ESTA Application out but I’m not sure if my driving offense (driving without insurance) is considered a criminal record. Just to mention, I also got a confirmation saying that my Authorization has been approved.
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.
I’m planning to spend my holiday in the US and I’m 18 years old. Is it possible?
Since I finished my studies with really good grades, my friends and I are planning to go on a holiday for a week or two. I’m planning to spend a week in Nashville, Tennessee since I have always wanted to go there. My planned itinerary includes sightseeing and attending some country music concerts there. I’m going together with a couple of friends. Won’t we have any problems staying in a hotel there since we’re all 18-year-olds?
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.
How long would it take to get a visa?
So for instance, a person lives in England and he wants to visit the US for a short period of time just to travel, how long would the visa application process take?
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.
Question about the Visa Waiver Program and B1/B2 Visa for my US travel?
I’m traveling to New York and I’m going to stay there for 5 days only. However, I’m thinking of going back there again a few months later and stay for another 2 weeks. Would there be a problem if I enter the US again under the Visa Waiver Program or would it look suspicious to visit the country just 2 months after my previous visit? Can this lead to deportation?
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.
Do I still need a US visa for my trip to the USA? I am a Hungarian citizen.
Being a citizen of Hungary, would I still need a visa to visit the US? Is it true that Hungary has a Visa-Free provision for its citizens who want to visit USA? How long am I allowed to stay there?
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.