Many Taiwanese enjoy traveling, and America is an attractive destination. However, as recently as some years ago, the challenges associated with obtaining a visa to visit the US were significant. The traveler had the potential of having to work hard to convince a US Embassy interviewer of their intention to return home. However, in 2012, Taiwan qualified for the US Visa Waiver Program. This program covers countries whose citizens are thought to be low risks to US security and unlikely to overstay a visa and become illegal immigrants. Now, Taiwanese can enter the US without a visa, but they still need to apply for an ESTA.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
I have a Taiwanese passport, do I need a visa to visit the United States?
Not exactly, but you still need to apply for an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (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. After completing the ESTA application, the traveler is notified of his or her eligibility to travel to the United States under the VWP.
How long can visitors with a Taiwanese passport stay in the United States?
Taiwanese citizens can stay in the United States for a maximum of 90 days Per Entry and 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?
The required documents to apply online are the following:
An electronic passport 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?
Your ESTA will be valid for 2 years after issued.
What are the processing times and prices?
Remember that the processing time you choose will determine the price of the ESTA. You have three options:
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).
Click here to start your application.
How long does it take to apply for an ESTA?
The application form for an ESTA will take you less than 10 minutes since it is really easy. 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 is to fill in your general information and choose the processing time from the options mentioned above.
The second step is 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?
After your 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 Taiwanese visitors Multiple Entry to the US.
Do I need to get an ESTA for my kids too?
Yes, children of any age require their own ESTA prior to their travel to the US.
How can I apply for my family or friends?
You can apply here with his or her documentation and 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.
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 changes are not possible anymore 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 testimonials of our happy customers here.