Traveling to the United States involves a visa application most of the time. Only 5 countries and territories are visa-exempt, which means that all the other travelers must obtain some kind of document to cross the US borders. However, while some need to pay a visit to the nearest US diplomatic mission, others require only a USA ESTA. Below, you will find more information about this type of document.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need to apply for an ESTA to visit the United States?
It depends on your nationality. You can use iVisa's Visa Checker to see if you are eligible for an ESTA. Just select your nationality and the United States as the destination and you will be able to check information. You can also check the requirements below, on the same website.
What is an ESTA?
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an automated system that assists in determining eligibility to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and whether such travel poses any law enforcement or security risk. Upon completion of an ESTA application, a traveler is notified of his or her eligibility to travel to the United States under the VWP.
What is a Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is administered by the DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) and enables eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (for stays of up to 90 days) without first obtaining a visa.
How long can visitors stay in the United States with an ESTA?
Visitors carrying an ESTA can enter the United States for a maximum of 90 days Per Entry. All visits are strictly limited to business or tourism, so you CANNOT seek paid work or employment.
What are the documents required to apply?
Before applying online, you will need:
An electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric info and with at least 6-month validity from the planned date of entry.
Your passport number and Personal Identification Number (PIN).
How long is the ESTA valid?
The ESTA is valid for 2 years from the date of approval.
What are the processing times and prices?
To obtain your ESTA, iVisa offers you three options for the processing time and three prices depending on which one you choose. The options are:
Standard processing – your visa application is processed within 24 hours, and the price is USD 29.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will receive your visa within 4 hours, and the total price of it is USD 59.00 (service fees included).
Super rush processing – this is the fastest option. You will get your ESTA in only 30 minutes, and you will be charged USD 79.00 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How long does it take to apply for an ESTA?
The application form you need to fill in to obtain your ESTA will take you less than 10 minutes. Next, we will let you know the status of the application by email.
How can I apply for an ESTA?
The application for an ESTA is really simple. It has only three steps:
The first step will ask you to fill in your general information. You also need to choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.
The second step will ask you to revise step one and make the payment.
The last step consists of a questionnaire and a photo upload. It is at this point when you need to upload your passport scan. Other documents may be required as well, but it depends on personal circumstances.
What happens after I have applied?
Once the application is done, you just need to wait for us to send you an email to notify you about your eligibility to travel to the United States under the VWP.
How many times can I enter the United States with an ESTA?
The ESTA allows Multiple Entry.
Does the ESTA guarantee admission into the United States?
No. If your ESTA is approved, it only states that you are eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, but does not guarantee that you are admissible to the United States. Upon arrival in the USA, you will be inspected by an Immigration officer who will determine that you are admissible under the Visa Waiver Program and/or any other United States law.
Do I need to get an ESTA for my kids too?
Yes, accompanied and unaccompanied children (regardless of age) require their own ESTA prior to their travel to the US. Children listed on their parents' passport do not qualify for an ESTA. Children must have their own (non-expired) passport in order to qualify for an ESTA.
How can I apply for my family or friends?
You can apply for others, just make sure you have all the required documents (you can see above in this article). You can apply here entering his or her data. In case you need to apply for more than one person, you can do so by clicking on ‘Add new applicant’ in the application form and completing the data required.
What can I do if I make a mistake in my application?
If you made a mistake when entering your data online then please contact our customer service representatives as soon as possible via online chat to assist you.
Remember that if we already submitted your application, then you CANNOT make any changes and you will have to apply again but we will NOT charge you another service fee.
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my ESTA?
iVisa provides maximum safety for your personal data, confidentiality, and we invest a lot in the security of our database. Your personal information could not be safer. You can check what hundreds of happy customers say about us here.