Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
Travelling to USA for a short-stay of less than 90 days for either leisure, business or transit, you MUST apply for an ESTA Visa Waiver. If you do not have a valid ESTA you will be refused at the port of entry when you reach the United States. It is important that all details on your application are correct to avoid problems with your travel.
The ESTA visa applications information submission is completed online with no in-person requirements. After your submission, your details will be reviewed for errors and processed via the Department of Homeland Security system.
Results are usually determined within 24 hours of submission and the travel authorization is electronically linked to the passport used on the application. The authorization is valid for 2 years or until the passport expires, whichever occurs first.
An ESTA visa waiver enables a foreign person to go to a United States port-of-entry (usually an airport) and request to be granted permission to enter the country. We can ensure your ESTA visa waiver application goes smoothly, however, entrance to the USA is not guaranteed by an approved ESTA.
At the port of entry, authorities from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have the power to grant or refuse entrance to the United States. The CBP officer will give you an entry sticker or a paper Form I-94, known as an Arrival/Departure Record, if you are permitted to enter the United States.
If you who want to apply for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program
- Must have followed the terms of all previous entries to the United States and not been declared ineligible for a visa in the United States.
- Must never have been convicted of, or arrested for, a moral turpitude-related offence or crime.
- Must not be inadmissible to the United States for any other reason, such as health or national security.
- You must be planning a trip to the United States for leisure, business, or transit.
To be eligible for a ESTA under the visa waiver program, a traveler must be a citizen of a country that has been recognized as a “programme country” by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Secretary of State.
Under the visa waiver program, citizens of 40 countries and territories will be able to enter the United States without a visa starting in 2021. The complete list is as follows:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom
The Visa Waiver Program only allows visitors with passports that have certain security measures to travel. The following are the requirements for the Visa Waiver Program:
- On the biographic page of the passport, there must be a machine-readable zone.
- The passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip carrying the passport owners biometric information.
- To use the VWP, all travellers must have an e-passport as of April 1, 2016. An e-Passport, signified by the symbol, is a more secure passport with an electronic chip placed within. E-Passports are issued by the appropriate passport issuing authority and must comply with international standards for the security and storage of information related to the passport and bearer.
All Visa Waiver Program countries must issue passports that include a digital photograph on the data page, or its nationals will be forced to seek a visa to enter the United States. A digital photograph, as opposed to one that is glued or laminated into the passport, is one that is printed on the page. It appears to be similar to the one to the right.
If your passport lacks this function, you can still travel without a visa if you meet the following criteria:
- You are a citizen of a country that joined the Visa Waiver Program before 2008 and have a valid passport with a machine-readable zone issued before October 26, 2005, or you are a citizen of a nation that joined the Visa Waiver Program after 2008.
- You have a “e-Passport,” which has an integrated computer chip that can save biographic information from the data page, as well as a digital photograph and other biometric data.
- If your passport was issued on or after October 26, 2005, and it does not match the above criteria, you will need to apply for a visa.
All Visa Waiver Program countries must include a machine-readable zone on their passports. A machine-readable passport features two lines of text at the bottom of the personal information page, along with the bearers image, in the form of letters, numbers, and chevrons ().
A Visa is required for any foreign national wishing to enter the United States. It could be a non-immigrant visa for a short period of time or an immigrant visa for a long period of time. To enter the United States, Indians must get a non-immigrant visa.
|A Visa, Government Officials||A1, G-1, NATO1-6, Visa renewals||A-2, NATO1-6 Visa, Military personnel|
|B1 Visa, Visitor Visa||B2 Visa, Visitor Visa||BCC Visa, Mexican Border Crossing Card|
|C Visa, Transit in the U.S||D Visa, Aircraft Crew||ESTA Visa Waiver|
|E-1 Visa, Treaty Traders||E-2 Visa, Treaty Investors||E-3 Visa, Australian Professional|
|F-1 Visa, Academic Students||F-2 Visa, Dependents of F-1||H-1B1 Visa, Singaporean FTA Professionals|
|H-1B Temporary Work Visa||H-2B Seasonal Employment Visa||O-1 Visa For Extraordinary Talent|
ESTA applications are completed entirely online, no supporting documents are required. You will just require your passport on hand to enter in your details on the electronic form.
Once submitted, you will receive a result within 24 hours, no further action is required after the initial submission.