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U.S. Visa for Australians
iVisa | 6 min read | Updated on Feb 15, 2024

Please note that as of June 2022 the CDC no longer requires travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID pre arrival to the US

It’s always exciting to visit the United States, likely because the culture there is both vastly different from any other country as well as being a melting pot of lots of other cultures combined. As a democratic nation filled with a mix of different belief systems and values, the U.S. can be a captivating and incredible place to visit on holiday.

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Many Australians, when choosing where to travel abroad, pick the United States. Whether you want to explore American treasures like the Grand Canyon or visit famous cities like New York City, Los Angeles, or Chicago, there’s always something fun for tourists to do and see. If you’re preparing for your U.S. trip, make sure you have all of the documentation required. As an Australian, you’ll need a US ESTA to enter this country. The good thing is that you can apply online by using iVisa.com.

Here are a few of the more frequently asked questions about the ESTA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If I’m from Australia, do I need a U.S. Visa for Australians?

You don’t need a U.S. Visa for Australians. What you need is an ESTA or Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which is a lot easier to obtain.

As an Australian, you have to do the ESTA online process under the Visa Waiver Program. There are no exceptions to this electronic program with Australians, so basically, every Australian citizen has to apply for the ESTA before entering the US.

What is an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is an electronic and automated program available only for those travelers who’re under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). With the ESTA electronic system, the Immigration officers can verify if the passenger is likely to become a law enforcement or safety risk. With this document, you can quickly enter the United States.

But, one important thing you have to keep in mind about the ESTA is that it works only under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This program 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. Therefore, not all nationalities are eligible for it.

Another thing to consider is that it has Multiple Entry benefits for holders and it also allows you to stay in the United States for 90 days Per Entry. All the visits are firmly limited to business or tourism. The ESTA is valid for 2 years after issued.

Do I still need an ESTA if I already have a valid visa?

You still can travel to the United States if you have a valid visa and not an ESTA. In fact, you are not required to apply for an ESTA in that case.

What items do I need to apply for the US Visa for Australians?

Take into account that you’ll probably need a long list of requirements if you decide to apply for a U.S. Visa for Australians, contrary to the ESTA. Remember that you don’t need a paper visa to enter the US unless it’s under a special condition (study or work). For the rest, you only need an ESTA.

In the case of the US ESTA, you only have to get these things to apply on iVisa.com:

  • A passport scan: your passport is necessary to travel, so you cannot forget it when traveling to the US. Also, you’ll have to scan the information page while applying.
  • E-mail address: when using iVisa.com’s application form, your ESTA will be delivered via e-mail, so don’t forget to include a valid e-mail address.
  • Means of payment: iVisa.com allows credit and debit cards or Paypal for payments.

Learn more about the U.S. Visa for Australians on this link.

What price do I have to pay?

As for the price, keep in mind that this will be influenced by the processing time you choose on iVisa.com. We can offer you three options for the processing time of your US ESTA, and prices can change depending on which you select. The options are the following:

  • Standard processing: your document will be ready in only 24 hours, and the price will be USD $39.49 (service fees included.)
  • Rush processing: by selecting this option, you’ll have to wait 12 hours, and the total price will be USD $56.49 (service fees included.)
  • Super rush processing: your document will be ready in only 4 hours, and the total price will be USD $75.99 this time.

How much time do I need to apply online?

You can complete an online form for an ESTA in less than 10 minutes. After that, we’ll inform you about the status of the application by email.

What are the steps for completing the application form?

The application form for an ESTA is not as challenging as others. This process is quite simple and it only has the following parts:

  • In the first step you have to fill in your basic information. After that, you’ll have to select the processing time from the options mentioned before.
  • In the second step you’ll have to review step one and proceed with the payment.
  • In the last step you’ll have to upload the documents required and after that, click on ‘submit’ to complete the entire process.

Click here when you feel ready to start the process. Don’t forget that iVisa.com has an excellent support service that you can call at any time if you want to receive personal assistance.

Does the ESTA document guarantee admission into the US?

No, it doesn’t. This document only affirms that you are qualified to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program but doesn’t guarantee that you’re admissible to the United States. The immigration officers at the airport will make the last decision.

Do I need to get an ESTA for my kids too?

Yes, accompanied and unaccompanied kids have to get their own ESTA before entering the US. But, children listed on their parents' passports don’t have to do this process separately.

How safe is iVisa.com’s service?

We have a stable work team and an aggressively efficient system that won’t put any detail you submit at risk. Therefore, you can feel completely safe when using our platform. If you’re still unsure about it, then check our reviews here.

Where can I get more information?

In case you have problems while using our online form, please contact our customer service on this link, where you’ll be able to chat with one of our agents. You can also click over to the website to read more details.

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://www.uscis.gov/

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