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Visa Waiver Program


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About the U.S. Visa Waiver Program and ESTA

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a system under the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

If you are a citizen (or an eligible national) of one the 40 approved countries that are part of the WVP, and are planning to visit the U.S. for 90 days or less, you may be able to enter the U.S. using an ESTA instead of an entry visa.

ESTA is only available to travelers entering the U.S. for Business or Tourism purposes, who do not already possess a visitor visa. Keep in mind that, while traveling on an ESTA, you are not allowed to study or work in the U.S.

This authorization remains valid for 2 years after you receive it, but you may not stay in the U.S. for more than 90 days in a row or for more than 180 days within a 365-day period.

ESTA applications are processed much faster than regular Visa applications, as they bypass the consular process entirely. However you should reserve at least 72 hours before your planned date of departure for the processing of your ESTA request - although in some cases we may be able to get it processed in under 3 hours.

Nationals of the Visa Waiver Program countries who have had their ESTA denied or revoked are required to get a U.S. visa in order to travel to the U.S.

When applying for ESTA, you must:

Have a valid passport from a Visa Waiver Program country.
NOT have already a valid U.S. entry visa in your passport.
Plan to travel to the U.S. for 90 days or less for Business or Tourism.
Provide emergency contact details.
Provide details on your employer (if applicable).
Provide a U.S. point of contact and/or planned location of stay.
Have you had your ESTA application rejected and are looking for assistance? Set up a quick consultation now to discuss how we can help you remedy the situation.

Get assistance throughout your ESTA journey:

Your personal visa consultant

Have a personal advisor along the way to stay ahead of potential obstacles and to avoid any unnecessary delays.

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Get answers to your questions and concerns on short notice, no matter which time zone you call home.

User-friendly digital tools

Speed up the process with our digital tools, from any device, to make your ESTA journey that much smoother of a ride.

Decades of experience

No matter how complex your personal story, your ESTA advisor remains with you through each of the steps.