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| Updated on Nov 2, 2018

US Visa for British (UK Citizens)

Are you from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland (otherwise known as the UK)? Are you taking a short business or holiday to the USA? Please note all UK travelers will need to apply for a US ESTA before entering the USA. ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization, and since 2010, has been a requirement to pass through US Immigration. Applying for an ESTA on iVisa is a simple, online process. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about obtaining your ESTA.

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Do British Citizens Need a Visa to Visit the USA?

Yes. Even though the US allows UK citizens to use the “Visa Waiver Program,” travelers still need an ESTA to enter the US. You can get a single ESTA if you’re traveling alone, or you can apply as part of a group.

How Long May British Citizens Stay in the USA?

You can remain in the US for no longer than 90 days at a time. The ESTA itself is valid for two years from the date of application, and you can come and go as many times as you like. You may not seek employment or permanent settlement, so you’re restricted to business visits and holidays only.

US Visa for UK Citizens. Fees and Costs

A US ESTA costs U$14. This is the fee for every person entering the US. So if you’re applying for a family ESTA, the fee will be $14 times the number of people in your group.

US Visa for British Citizens. What Are the Requirements?

The only requirement is that you hold a valid UK passport, and have a valid ESTA to go with it. The exception is if you already have a US visa issued by a US embassy. In this case, you do not need an ESTA.

How Long Does It Take to Get a US ESTA?

If you have a valid passport and a debit/credit card, you can purchase an ESTA very quickly. iVisa has created a streamlined, easy-to-use web application for the US ESTA iVisa. It should take 20 minutes or less to fill out the online application and processing time can be as little as 30 minutes.

US Visa for UK Citizens Application Form

You can visit iVisa's website to learn more about the process. The US Custom and Border Protection also has a website with many frequently asked questions.

How to obtain a US ESTA

British citizens can use the US ESTA website or get one quickly with the help of iVisa. You must have secured your ESTA before leaving the UK. Please remember that even if you are flying via Dublin airport, you must purchase your ESTA before departing the UK.


Click here to start the process in getting your US ESTA. Our easy to use service makes getting a visa for any country an easy experience. Our staff is only a phone call away, or you can use our live help system. Chat online with one of our friendly staff members for more information, or apply immediately using the link above.

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