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.
As soon as you decide to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, it’s prudent to apply for your Electronic System for Travel Authorization, but one can apply up to 72 hours before your date of travel. You do not need to have committed to travel information or accommodations before applying.
There’s no penalty if you apply early and your ESTA expires while you are still in the United States: You can still depart for your country of origin as planned.
Most of the time, the results of your application will be available almost instantly (inside a minute). However, you will need to check the status in your email inbox. We send the ESTA number through an email to our customers.
You can apply for another person, or have a third party submit an application on your behalf, but ultimately, the person traveling is responsible for the truthfulness and completeness of any information provided on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization.
Group applications are also easy to do: After submitting your application— simply fill out the form again with the new details of the applicant. Just click the button that tells you to submit a new application on the “Thank You Page”.
In case of errors, only certain information on your ESTA can be corrected: your email address, your phone number, and your travel information. No passport-related information can be adjusted. This means that you have to be precise when filling out the application form.
Before embarking on travel to the United States, it’s important to print out your E-S-T-A number received in a PDF and carry it with you in transit. United States border officials will have the electronic record of your Electronic System for Travel Authorization approval, but your airline or carrier may require the printout when you check in for your flight.
If your ESTA expires and you wish to travel to the United States, you can renew it by submitting a new application any time. Unfortunately, ESTA do not have a renewal process at this time.
Otherwise, you should apply for a fresh E-S-T-A if you:
- Receive a new passport;
- Change your name for any reason;
- Change your gender;
- Change your country of citizenship;
- Change your legal situation (for example, you are convicted of multiple crimes or are diagnosed with an infectious disease).