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Do I need a United States travel visa?

Do I need a United States travel visa?
iVisa | Updated on Feb 01, 2019

Planning a trip to the United States? Then you may need a United States travel visa. However, not everyone needs one. There are 38 countries in the Visa Waiver Program, and their citizens are not required to submit a visa application. Instead, they need to obtain a US ESTA. If you are lucky to be among them, iVisa can help you get the ESTA in as little as 6 hours.

How do you find out if you need a United States travel visa? Instead of searching the visa policy of the US and browsing through all those immigration rules, you can use iVisa Visa Checker. The feature can be located in the top right corner of the page, and it is easy to use. First, you need to access it. You will see two drag-down menus in the center of the page. In the one on the left, you need to select your country of origin, while in the one on the right, your destination. In this case, you must choose the United States.

There are two possible outcomes to the use of the Visa Checker. One, you are told that you qualify for a US ESTA, in which case you will be redirected to a page where you can apply on the spot. And two, you are not eligible for a US ESTA, and you must visit the nearest diplomatic mission and apply for a United States travel visa. Most people who travel to the US apply for a B1 or B2 visa. They cover trips for tourism, business, and medical purposes.

How to apply for a US ESTA online

In case you qualify for a US ESTA, you can apply online with iVisa and get it in just 6 hours if you want. The application process is short, simple, and if you need assistance, iVisa has an excellent support service that is at your disposal 24/7.

Before filling in the application form, you should check if you have the following:

  • Passport – you must hold a valid electronic passport with a digital chip that contains your bio-metric info. At the same time, the passport needs to be valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in the United States.

  • E-mail address – the US ESTA arrives via e-mail, which is why you must have a valid e-mail address to which you have access. Once iVisa sends you the ESTA, do not forget to print out at least one physical copy of the document.

  • Means of payment – the payment must be made during the online application process, which is why you must have a method of online payment. iVisa accepts credit and debit cards, but you can also use PayPal, Alipay, or WeChat; whichever you find most convenient.

The application form itself is simple to complete. You have three steps you need to go through. The first one asks for your personal information such as name, address, date of birth, passport info, travel details, etc. You are also told to select a processing time for your application, aspect which determines the cost of your US ESTA.

The second step consists of payment and revision, and the third asks for some documents. If additional documents are required, iVisa will let you know. Once all three steps are complete, you can submit your application and wait for the ESTA to arrive in the timeframe you selected. It is as simple as that.

So, to answer your question, you may need a United States travel visa if you are not visa-exempt or come from a country that is in the Visa Waiver Program. We cannot help you get a travel visa, but if you are eligible for a US ESTA, we can get that for you.

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