If you are a regular traveler, you appreciate the complicated processes associated with entry into the U.S. Of course there are many reasons you could be going to the U.S ranging from leisure, business, educational conferences, personal reasons among many others. This being one of the most popular destinations and the most powerful country in the world, it is understandable that many regulations are set for people wishing to gain entry.
If you are planning to the U.S under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you will not be required to obtain a visa. This program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) allows travelers from countries designated as visa waiver countries to enter the country for business or tourism for 90 days of less without any need of a visa.
Nevertheless, that you are still required to apply for Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). ESTA USA is still not understood by most travelers from visa waiver countries. If you are planning to travel to the U.S and you are travelling under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), below are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) which will help you understand the ESTA Application process better. Here you go:
What is the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)? This is a program that is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It enables citizens of countries designated as visa waiver countries to visit the country for a maximum 90 days without the need for a visa.
Which counties are eligible under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)? These are Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Monaco. Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta.
What is Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)? This is a system which helps determine the eligibility of anyone wishing to travel to the U.S under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The application is done online in a few minutes and conformation is sent via email within 24 hours. This is in line with the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007
What is an ESTA US VISA? From April 1, 2016 all travelers under the VWP program are required to apply for an e-passport.
Is ESTA a visa or should one apply for a visa? ESTA for USA is not a visa but rather authorization for citizens of visa waiver countries. If you already have a visa, you don’t need to apply for this authorizations.
These are just a few of the questions you need answered about official ESTA. Take time to learn as much as you can.