Steps For Applying For ESTA

ESTA approval is a mandatory step for you if you are planning to go visit USA. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is required is you are travelling to US by air or by ship. ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) must be approved before you go for booking your tickets. It is a very simple process to apply for ESTA USA VISA application online. All you have to do is to complete ESTA USA VISA application online form and make online payment for ESTA fee. Electronic System for Travel Authorization is not required if you are travelling to US by land.

ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is an authorization which allows you to board air and ship tickets to USA. It should not be considered equivalent to VISA. Having an ESTA confirmed, does not guarantee that you can now enter USA. Having an ESTA is an eligibility criteria for booking tickets (of airplane or ship), but not for entering US. Once you reach USA airport, the airport officer will examine you and validate all your documents and identity. And, then it is on his/her discretion whether to allow you to enter US or not, even though you have got a valid ESTA approved.

Steps For Applying For ESTA

It is preferable to have ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) approved before getting your tickets booked. Your ticket is invalid, till you have valid and approved ESTA. If you get your tickets confirmed and then you come to know that you have not got ESTA approved. In such scenario, your tickets will be invalid and the amount you paid for them will be wasted. You will have no other option but to bear the loss of amount you paid for the tickets.

Applying for ESTA/eVISA USA is a simple online process. In normal situations/scenarios, it usually takes few hours to get ESTA approved, provided you have filled the online application form correctly and successfully completed the entire online process (such as making payments, etc.). In very few scenarios, it may take up to 72 hours to get approved. This happens only if any discrepancy is found. ESTA, like VISA, is issued by US Embassy in your country. This ESTA helps US government to validate and verify the identity and VISA details of the person who is planning to visit USA.

You need to follow these simple steps to apply for ESTA online:

  1. You need to fill the application form accurately with correct information. You can get this form and fill it online.
  2. Once the form is filled and you have verified all the details, you need to submit this form.
  3. After the successful submission of the form, you will get an application number. You must save this number for future reference. This number is useful while tracking the status of your application.
  4. After receiving application number, you need to make an online payment of US$14.
  5. Application process is completed after your payment is successful.
  6. Now, by using your application number, you can track your application status online.

The government of US had introduced this process of ESTA on 12th January, 2009. ESTA is valid for 2 years. If you want to use it for more than 2 years, you can get it renewed after two years.

Following countries have a tie-up with US and it is called “VISA Waiver policy”. Citizens of these countries can travel to US without ESTA, only if their visit is for less than 90 days. These countries are as follows:

Andorra Finland Latvia Republic of Malta
Australia France Liechtenstein San Marino
Austria Germany Lithuania Singapore
Belgium Greece Luxembourg Slovakia
Brunei Hungary Monaco South Korea
Chile Iceland Netherlands Spain
Czech Republic Ireland New Zealand Sweden
Denmark Italy Norway Switzerland
Estonia Japan Portugal Taiwan
United Kingdom

These tips may be helpful for you while you are applying for ESTA.

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