Overview of ESTA Application Process
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Visa Waiver Program
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in consultation with the State Department, permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for multiple entries totaling up to 90 days without a visa. In return, these 38 countries must permit U.S. citizens and nationals to travel to their countries for a similar length of time without a visa for business or tourism purposes.
Electronic System for Travel Authorization
ESTA is an automated system that determines the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Authorization of ESTA allows travel to the United States for 90 days and is valid for 2 years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will inspect your documentation on arrival into the United States to determine entry based on standard relevant requirements. The ESTA application collects biographic information and answers to VWP eligibility questions. ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, though it is recommended that travelers apply as soon as they begin preparing travel plans or prior to purchasing airline tickets.
Countries That Can Apply For
The Electronic System For Travel Authorization
Only citizens or nationals of participating of the Visa Waiver Program countries are allowed to apply for ESTA . to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa.
There are 38 Visa Waiver countries that require an approved the Electronic System for Travel Authorization to visit the United States.
*British citizens only with the unrestricted right of permanent abode in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.