ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization for all the countries under the Visa Waiver Program for the people who are passport holders. It is a web community that the Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security administers.
All the travelers are the first pre-screened by the community. The community’s job is to make sure that every person who is planning on traveling to the United States of America is not a risk to the law enforcement or security. People are allowed to plan a short-term travel i.e. Less than 90 days, for tourism or business purposes under VWP. On August 1, 2008, it was implemented that everyone needs to meet the American legislative requirements as it will help in boosting the security of the VWP. Later on, January 12, 2009, it became mandatory for all the people who were traveling to the USA from the VWP countries.
One simply needs to go to their website and fill the application form available on the website. Everyone question asked in the application form should be filled properly and truthfully. The information that needs to be provided are asked through a question that includes, parent’s name, contact information, history of any disease, criminal history or record, passport information, history, regarding how many times have you applied for a USA visa, national identification, birth city, might even ask for a credit card number.
Under the Visa Waiver Program, it makes sure that anyone who lives in VWP eligible country gets to travel to the USA hassle- free and easily. The Travel Authorization was introduced to increase the amount of security of international citizen traveling to the United States. The Nationals which are eligible for VWP don’t need to get a visa, but need to get a positive response from the travel authorization.
After the submission of the form, and then the application is under verification process. One can expect an immediate response.
No, one isn’t guaranteed entry into the USA. As the ESTA makes sure that the person that is given the authorization is eligible for traveling into the United States. Once arrived, every international citizen must go through the Custom and Border Protections inception to make sure that nothing illegal is being transferred into the United States. After the inception, they will make that whether the citizen gets to enter the United Sates or not.
The travel authorization is valid until the times once passport expires or for up to two years from the date of issue. The one that arrives first is implemented.
The Visa Waiver Program is available for various countries. The citizens residing in the following countries are eligible:
Austria, Andorra, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, San Marino, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.