ESTA Visa Application for USA

Electronic System for Travel Authorization

Are you planning a trip to the United States but you don't know how to manage the red tape, the visa application and the various authorizations?

Have you heard that a US visa is not always necessary but you have no idea how, where and when you might find useful information?

Have you planned a dream holiday but, to get to your destination, you have to transit in the United States and don't know what documentation you need?

You have to move for an important job and on the way you will fly over the United States, so you have the doubt of having to apply for visas or special permits?

USA ESTA Visa Application

ESTA Visa USA application form to travel to the United States

Features USA ESTA Application

This is an electronic request, therefore no material documents will be issued to you.

The validity of ESTA is 24 months. It is not necessary to submit further requests in case of multiple trips during the validity period.

Each stay must have a duration of less than three consecutive months (90 days limit for visits ) in the territories of the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean islands and 180 days in a year.

Warning: ESTA is closely linked to the passport for which it was requested. If the above document expires you will have to make a new ESTA authorization request.

Visa USA ESTA : Characteristics

Your ESTA travel authorization is generally valid for multiple trips for a period of two years (starting from the date you are approved) or until your passport expires, whichever comes first

ESTA travel authorization is not required in case you fly over the US skies or seas without "touching the ground", ie without stopping. For further information you can consult the "transit in the USA" document in the guide

The request is registered by the US Customs and Border Protection Office, that can check traveler data in advance.

This allows you to "block" the access of unwanted persons on US territory, preventing their departure.

Countries list Visa Waiver Program

If you have citizenship in one of the following states and the reasons and characteristics of your stay are like those illustrated in the previous paragraphs, you will not have to apply for a visa but an ESTA USA authorization will suffice.

The countries currently included in the program are:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • South Korea
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Munich
  • Norway
  • New Zeland
  • Holland
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Svizzera
  • Taiwan
  • Hungary

When to apply for ESTA visa ?

USA ESTA Application is essential in many cases and is also required for minors in the following cases:

  • For anyone who does not have an American passport or visa. Who will have to stay for a long period, who works for a US company or who has special needs will have to apply for a visa because the USA ESTA application is not enough.
  • It's required for those arriving in the United States by air or sea. From 1 October 2022, it will also be mandatory to enter the United States by land.
  • For all citizens residing in one of the countries included in the VWP (Visa Waiver Program). In this case there is no visa requirement. For the complete list, see the dedicated paragraph (VWP countries list).
  • For those who know they have a short stay, they can show their return ticket.

Renewal of ESTA Application

It is possible to request a new ESTA travel authorization before expiry. The new one replaces the previous one.

The request is not renewable. It is necessary to make a new request in the following cases:

  • After 24 months from the issue of the previous one
  • If the passport has expired and has been renewed.
  • If the request form has been modified by entering information that was not present in the previous request.
  • If there have been changes of the surname. In many states the wife takes the husband's surname after marriage or resumes her maiden name if she divorces.
  • In case of gender change.

To know before apply for ESTA Visa

The authorization is valid for 24 months and allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days for trip and 180 days per year considering all trips

  • If you have traveled to Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia after March 10, 2011 or have nationality in one of these countries, you must apply for a US visa. The ESTA visa is not sufficient to be able to stay or transit in USA territory.
  • At the arrival airport you will be asked for a document certifying your intention to leave the country within 90 days. Return ticket delivery is mandatory. when you arrive keep it handy to avoid misunderstandings and delays.
  • ESTA is also required to travel to the following states: Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands.
  • ESTA is not enough for someone who is an employee of a U.S.-based company. It gives the opportunity to carry out professional and remunerated activities but for foreign companies.
  • ESTA does not offer the opportunity to take training courses or carry out journalistic activities in the United States.
  • It is not possible to invest in U.S. companies with ESTA USA.

The customs and police authorities can block the entry into the American territory of people deemed dangerous or unsuitable even if in possession of an ESTA authorization.

How to apply for an ESTA USA ?

The request can be sent online with a simple procedure. The request can be completed and forwarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week without having to go to the counter, make long queues or make an appointment and adapt to times incompatible with your rhythms or your needs.

1. Documents

Keep your passport and credit card handy

4. Pay and go !

Make the payment via Paypal or credit card and wait for the USA ESTA application on your email.

How to apply for an USA ESTA visa application

2. Get informed

Read our FAQs and our Guide to going to the USA

3. Access the Form

Fill out the ESTA form in all its parts with personal data, contacts, passport data and information on the state of health and any criminal record.

How to apply on our site:

  • Keep your passport and credit card handy
  • Access the form to get permission and compile it in all its parts. They will be asked to provide personal information, contacts, passport data and information about their health and about any criminal record. Take care to fill it in time and in all its parts
  • Check your information before confirming. Pay special attention to your e-mail address to avoid problems receiving confirmation. Any mistakes could create problems in the approval process or misunderstanding on arrival in the United States or to the departure airport. Therefore, further verification is recommended for greater safety. In case of doubts or difficulties our support team is at your disposal. Contact us by e-mail and we will be happy to verify that everything is ready before final sending and to provide you with the necessary support for the correct compilation in case of doubts.
  • Make the payment by Paypal or credit card (all VISA and Mastercard cards as well as rechargeable cards such as Postepay are allowed).
  • Check in your mail box the arrival of an e-mail confirmation that you will receive in a short time or within 24 hours. As previously indicated, it is important that you correctly enter your E-Mail address to ensure that you are authorized. We remind you that no paper document will be issued to you therefore it is very important to receive this communication to be sure of the success of your request.

You can submit your request using the appropriate form. It takes a few minutes to complete. Carry out the operation calmly and carefully. The cost of the request is 44,90 Euros per person. If necessary, a group request can be made; in this case, traveler data must be entered in a single form.

This can be useful if you are traveling as a couple or as a family. It is advisable to make the request at least 72 hours before departure and it is not essential to indicate the place where they will lodge once arrived at their destination can therefore also provide with a certain advance despite having not yet made reservations for hotels or similar.

Frequently asked questions about the US ESTA visa

What is ESTA?

ESTA meaning is the acronym for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. It is essentially a process that allows all people to enter the United States without having to apply for a visa

Who can request an ESTA authorization?

Each citizen of one of the 39 countries belonging to the Visa Waiver Program can apply to obtain an Esta travel authorization. However, it is necessary that it is in possession of an electronic or biometric passport and does not intend to remain in the USA for more than 90 days.

With ESTA, is my entry into the USA guaranteed?

An ESTA travel authorization allows you to travel under the VWP, but does not guarantee that you will be formally admitted to the United States. In fact, upon arrival at the airport, each entry into the United States will be approved after inspection by a Customs and Border Protection officer. The final decision is at your discretion.

Is esta a visa USA?

The ESTA and the US visa are two different documents with distinct functions. If your case requires the application for a US visa, the ESTA can never be used as a replacement document. If you already have a US visa, you don't need to apply for an ESTA.

When is it necessary to apply for an ESTA?

We recommend that you proceed with your request as soon as you have decided to organize a trip to the United States. Since the ESTA is valid for two years, it is not necessary to have defined a travel itinerary. The request for your ESTA application must be received within 72 hours before departure, as this is the maximum time frame required to obtain a response to your application.

Do I need to explain the reasons for my trip to the USA?

Not necessarily. You will be asked to indicate whether you are traveling for tourism, business or short-term study purposes. However, you will not need to explain in detail why you want to visit the United States.

I have a criminal record. How can I do?

Can you go to america with a criminal record ? Travelers with a criminal record or fines can in many cases apply for an ESTA.

Only if you have been convicted of a crime that caused serious material damage, serious injury to another person or damage to a government agency, can you no longer apply for an ESTA. In this case, you will need to apply for a US visa to travel to the United States.

My East is almost expiring. Can I extend it?

No, it is not possible to renew an Esta. If you want to take a trip to America after the expiry of the Esta, you will have to request a new Esta.

 

Could the ESTA for USA be rejected?

Keep in mind, however, that U.S. authorities keep track of past violations. For example, if you have been for a longer period than allowed (over 90 days) without having to change your position requiring a visa USA; or if you have received a negative response to a visa USA application. This information will be present in the databases and could compromise the acceptance of your request.

In addition, rather accurate checks are carried out on the data and the passport number with which the request is associated; if the number is associated with a lost document, stolen or expired, your request will fail. In case of ESTA refusal, the motivation is often not indicated and it is therefore laborious to be able to trace the problem.

Therefore, it is advisable to reduce the risk as much as possible by trying not to enter the data in a hasty or inaccurate way in the submission form of the request.

Do I need a travel authorization also for transit in the USA?

It is mandatory to be in possession of a valid ESTA authorization or a USA Visa even if it is simply passing through America (in case of coincidences). At the time of filling in the request form, it is obliged to specify it.

What is the Visa Waiver Program?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is an agreement between countries and the United States. Esta was born from this agreement, which allows most citizens or people of nationality of one of the member countries, to go to the United States for tourism or business.

How long is ESTA valid ?

The travel authorization is valid until the passport expires or for 2 years from the date on which it received the ESTA number.

Is it a problem if my ESTA authorization expires during my stay in the USA?

It must be in possession of an Esta valid only upon arrival in the United States. It is not necessary to have a valid esta when it leaves the United States, which must take place before the 90 days of stay at its disposal.

Do I have to print my ESTA authorization?

The ESTA application process takes place and can be consulted entirely online. The United States government and its airline will be automatically informed of its arrival. For greater safety, however, it is advisable to print its ESTA authorization.

What is the approval time for the travel permit?

The question we are often asked is: how long does an esta take to be approved ? The approval times can vary from a few hours to a few days, max three days.

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Do you need support?

First of all, you should know that in many cases a visa is not required to stay or transit from the United States.

If you are an European citizen, sometimes it is sufficient to request and obtain ESTA authorization (electronic system for travel authorization). In this case the procedure is much simpler, leaner, cheaper and faster than applying for a visa USA and it is not necessary to interact with the American embassy.

Prior to departure, air or water transport companies verify that each passenger has this boarding authorization. The authorization is strictly linked to the applicant's expatriation document (passport).

The procedure for making the request is very simple and digitized, you can perform the various operations in two ways:

  • To the airport. It is the least used solution because it is more "inconvenient" and because it requires a physical passage at the airport facility. Sometimes it is applied in exceptional cases.
  • Online. This is the most used mode because it is more versatile and faster. There are no time constraints nor the need to physically go to the front office

This authorization is essential for travel to the United States and other countries (such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands) and for temporary calls. It isn't essential in case of passage in the air zone without stopovers or stops in the territory of the United States.

To make the request you can proceed alone or, if you prefer, you can request our collaboration.

Here is some information that may prove useful to make the request.

We are available to provide all the support you need and to personally follow you!

As you have seen, following some simple guidelines, you can easily request and obtain the ESTA authorizationin independently,but it is necessary to pay attention and be particularly careful and scrupulous.
Do you have doubts? You don't travel regularly and are you afraid of making a mistake? Do you have little time and prefer to delegate? Have you ever applied for and prefer request the cooperation of competent people?

We are ready to provide all the support you need and to follow you in person!

Our team of international experts, stronger than a lot of experience in the field, is at your disposal to review the requests and to answer your questions in order to avoid doubts or errors.

Take advantage of our services and we will be happy to accompany you, as "ESTA", travel companions, in all phases of the application procedure until obtaining authorization and beyond.

Our proposal

Through a scrupulous control and using our experience, we will be able to help to quickly obtain the authorization, to avoid possible inconsistencies or delays and avoiding the possibility of a rejection for the wrong or incomplete filling of the application form.

To provide a complete, reliable and professional, we offer the following activities:

 

Personalized support
Your practice will be entrusted to an expert who will follow you step by step. Contact us and one of our experts will take care of your request by e-mail.
 
Data verification
One of our experts will verify the correctness of the data entered in the application.
 
Support Team
Virtual Media, e-mail and chat to answer your questions and your doubts about the VWP (visa-free travel) and ESTA, even during compilation.
 
Close to your needs
I will try to meet your travel needs. However, we advise you to proceed with the request in good time and, if possible, not to wait too long. Always report your needs in chat or via e-mail and we will quickly give you tips and instructions on how to proceed.
 
Correction and integration
In case of errors or doubts, our experts will contact you directly to correct or integrate the information. It is better to take a few more minutes during the application phase rather than risking to refuse the authorization and therefore to proceed with the visa application or with long and laborious requests for clarifications.
 
Certification of ESTA Requests
Instant recovery of the ESTA approval required document when original email loss or temporary inability to access it. We will verify the most common mistakes (20% of the questions posted by users contains typos or compilation) ensuring that the name of the applicant is consistent with the type stated, that there are no typos, that the passport code is in line with the code used in the issuing country (alphanumeric code format and length according to the guidelines) and that the document is valid and not expired.

We will follow closely all phases of the process and will proceed to checks scrupulously organized and methodical.

Our support will allow you to have more chances of success without unnecessary waste of time and energy.

We are aware of our professionalism and have some experience.

We will be happy to help you and, to show you our seriousness, in case of refused requests we will refund the total amount paid.

 

In summary

If you are a citizen of a country included in the VWP project (see list in the relevant paragraph) and you want to undertake a maximum of 90 days travel in total to the United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Alaska, US Virgin Islands, Guamo or Northern Mariana Islands , you can avoid applying for a visa but you will need to submit the ESTA authorization request.

The procedure is quite simple and must be done online. In order to avoid problems or refusals of the application it is necessary to pay close attention and, in order not to risk, you can request the collaboration of our team who will support you and carry out the necessary checks.

Contact us and we will be happy to help you!

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