From the lights on Times Square to the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, the USA is the perfect destination for anyone seeking a unique traveling experience. And consider how easy is taking a holiday to the USA from France thanks to many US airlines that fly direct from Paris and many other cities around France.
But not so fast! You need to remember that, prior to passing through US Immigration, you need to apply for a US ESTA. This has been the case for many European citizens and from other countries since 2010. The process is simple, but like any other visa application form, it has its tricks to complete successfully. For this, iVisa offers a more user-friendly platform for you to fill out, sit back, relax, and wait for your ESTA approval.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do French citizens need a visa to visit the USA?
Absolutely. The US does not allow anyone to pass their borders without one. Even being part of their “Visa Waiver Program", you need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), before going to the US. To check requirements, click here.
What is the US 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.
How long may French citizens stay in the USA?
You can stay in the US for 90 days Per Entry, even though the ESTA is valid for 2 years after issued.
Once you have your ESTA, it is a multi-travel document, so you will have Multiple Entry.
What are the documents required to apply?
We require the following to submit your application:
The passport must be an electronic passport with a digital chip containing bio-metric info.
Travelers must have a passport with at least 6-month validity from the planned date of entry.
Passport holders must also provide their passport number and Personal Identification Number (PIN).
What are the processing times and prices?
The processing time you choose will determine the price. As for your processing options, they are as follows:
Standard processing – selecting this option means that your request will be processed within just 24 hours. As far as the price goes, you will be charged only USD 29.00 (service fees included).
Rush processing – this time your US ESTA will be ready within just 4 hours. You need to pay USD 59.00 (service fees included) for it.
Super Rush processing – if you want your visa right away, you can opt for this timeframe and have your application processed within 30 minutes. However, as you may expect, it will cost you more. You will be charged USD 79.00 (service fees included).
Click here to start your application.
How does the US ESTA work?
The US Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) was implemented in 2009 for visa-exempt nationals who travel to the USA by air or sea. The document must be obtained online prior to departure.
iVisa offers an easy online application process for travelers who need a US ESTA. Travelers simply fill out an online application form and the ESTA is delivered via email. We suggest passengers print out and bring a physical copy of the document on their trip. The check-in staff at the airport can verify the ESTA on their system. However, we highly recommend clients to keep a copy of their ESTA on their electronic device or preferably print it out. It is all a very simple process.
How long does it take to apply for the US ESTA?
Less than 10 minutes.
How can I apply for a US ESTA?
Nobody likes forms, but French citizens will appreciate this one. iVisa has created a three-step application process that is not difficult to complete. In case you require any assistance with it, you can contact iVisa’s support service 24/7, and they will gladly help you.
The first step consists of your personal information like your name, address, passport info, and other things like that. During this point, you must also select the processing time.
Step two will ask you to make the payment and review every single piece of provided information during step one. It is essential that the info you give is accurate and spelled correctly. Corrections are only possible if your application has not reached processing. Once your visa is ready, corrections are no longer possible and you will have to go through the process again. Just review carefully everything that you put in.
The last step consists of a personal questionnaire and photo upload. Depending on your circumstance, you may be notified to upload some additional documents.
Click here to start. After you are done, you submit your form and wait for your ESTA to arrive. In case you need assistance to fill your application, iVisa has a fantastic support service that you can call 24/7.
Do my children need to apply for their own US ESTA?
Yes, accompanied and unaccompanied children (regardless of age) require their own ESTA prior to their travel to the U.S. 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 friends or family. Just make sure to have all the required documents (you can see above in this article). If you are applying for only one friend or family member, just 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.
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?
Many people think that online information leaks and that their personal info is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. However, that is not the case with our services. We provide 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.