If you are from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and you are taking a short business trip or a holiday trip to the USA, please note that 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, it 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 the ESTA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I have a British passport, do I need a visa to visit the United States?
Not exactly, but you will need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). British visitors wishing to travel to the United States need to do it under the Visa Waiver Program. To be eligible for it, you need to apply online for an ESTA. You can check the requirements here.
What is an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (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.
I already have a valid visa. Do I still need an ESTA to travel to the United States?
Individuals who possess a valid visa will still be able to travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose for which it was issued. Individuals traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA.
How long can visitors with a British passport stay in the United States?
British visitors can stay in the United States for a maximum of 90 days Per Entry. All visits are strictly limited to business or tourism, so you can NOT seek paid work or employment.
What are the documents required to apply?
To apply online, you will only 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?
iVisa has three options for the processing time of your ESTA, and prices will vary depending on which you choose. The options are as follows:
Standard processing – your application is processed within 24 hours, and the price is USD 29.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – you will receive your ESTA 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 have your ESTA in only 30 minutes, and you will be charged USD 79.00 (service fees included).
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How long does it take to apply for an ESTA?
The application form for an 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 consists of three easy 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. 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 (unexpired) passport in order to qualify for an ESTA.
How can I apply for my family or friends?
You can perfectly apply for others just making sure you have all the required documents (you can see above in this article). You can apply here introducing 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 can NOT 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.