Steps To Start Your ESTA Visa

At its core, the ESTA program is established to be easily taken advantage of by international travelers looking to visit the United States without a visa. Sure, there are some hoops that need to be jumped through along the way, but as long as you have a handful of important documents and resources in order the process can go rather quickly.

We like to think that we’ve created a frustration free ESTA solution for those looking to visit the US in the near future.

Who can register for an ESTA visa?

Citizens with a passport of the following countries who qualify for the Visa Waiver Program can apply for ESTA:

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Preparing to Apply for ESTA?

The easiest way to streamline the ESTA application process is to understand the steps you’ll have to navigate ahead of time, gather your resources so that you can move quickly through the application process, and to eliminate a lot of the stumbling blocks that so frequently hold up international travelers looking to visit the US.

There are a handful of core documents and important pieces of paperwork you’ll have to furnish during the ESTA application process.

You want to make sure that these documents and resources are close at hand throughout the application process, but you’ll also want to make sure that they are current, valid, and accepted by the United States as part of the ESTA application.

For example, some nations have a variety of different identifying documents that they issue to their citizens that may be accepted by the United States during the ESTA process – but some of them that are otherwise perfectly valid in those home nations may not be approved by the US.

This is why it is so important to make sure that you really go over the application process from start to finish, that you get your hands on the right resources to expedite things significantly, and that you are fully prepared to move through the application process quickly as soon as you have started it.

Keys to Starting Your ESTA Application Off Right

For starters, you must recognize that ESTA approval is 100% compulsory for citizens of nations that have signed up with the Visa Waiver Program.

This program itself allows citizens of these partner nations to visit the United States for upwards of 90 days without having to go through a traditional travel visa program. This is mandatory before you’ll be able to visit or travel through the United States and you’ll want to be 100% certain that you have gone through the application process and secured approval before you plan the rest of your travel itinerary.

There are a couple of different ways you can go about applying for ESTA approval:

One option is to visit the official government website at www.cbp.gov and go through the New Application process that they make available directly online.

On our website we allow you to fill out the form in your native language and we have made the form Accessible, easy and convenient to fill with fast and good service.

 

The application process itself shouldn’t take very long at all to finish, with most people finding it possible to go through the application (from start to finish) inside of 20 minutes or so.

 

You will need to provide resources and documentation information that confirms:

  • You are a citizen of a Visa Waiver Program nation
  • You do not currently have an approved visitor’s visa for the United States
  • Your travel plans are limited to 90 days or less in the United States
  • You are intending to visit the United States for business or pleasure purposes

 

You are also going to want to make sure that you have resources and documentation that includes:

  • A valid and current passport from a Visa Waiver Program nation
  • A valid credit card that you can charge the application fee to immediately
  • A valid and current government issued ID (if applicable)
  • Details regarding your most recent employment information (if this is applicable)

This isn’t an overwhelming amount of information or resources to have close at hand as you go through the ESTA process, but it will take a little bit of time to gather these things before you begin. Make sure to do so ahead of time and you’ll be able to speed the process up quite a bit.

Benefits of Using Our ESTA Application Resources

There are a bunch of benefits you’ll enjoy taking advantage of our ESTA application resources, all of them designed to help make this process as simple, as straightforward, and as streamlined as possible.

For starters, our resources are designed to help you move through the official ESTA application process as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Like a lot of other governmental applications there is a lot of technical jargon and sometimes confusing language on the official ESTA application forms. Combine that with the fact that many people looking for ESTA approval to visit the United States may not speak English as a primary language and there’s plenty of opportunity for confusion.

We have worked to clean up the structure of the form significantly, highlighting key areas that can be confusing to a lot of people, and have worked to make sure that the language throughout the form is clearly explained for your convenience.

This approach allows you to move through the application process from start to finish inside of about five minutes or less – with almost instant answers about the approval status of your application provided as well. Although it is important to emphasize that the answer can be received up to 72 hours from the date of submission of the form but it is usually shorter.

We also provide a variety of “quick checklists” to help you better understand what you’ll need to go through the ESTA application process, what you’ll need to bring with you when you travel through customs into the United States, and the whole host of other important travel checklists that will make your international travel itinerary go quite a bit smoother.

Our trained expert staff will also carefully review the documentation and details in your ESTA application prior to submission. This guarantees that everything is completely accurate, that your details are in line with what the ESTA approval officers are looking for, and that everything is in order so that you can get your approval answer back as quickly and as expeditiously as possible.

Not only that, but you’ll also be able to avoid a lot of the often unnecessary ESTA denials that can come about just because of routine and often overlooked mistakes most people don’t even realize they made in the first place!

Lastly, you’ll be able to take full advantage of our customer service and support.

Our professional team is easily accessible (via phone or email) to provide you with full support for your ESTA application, but also to provide you with any answers to questions you may have about the ESTA process or traveling to the United States with a ESTA approval.

We understand that this process can be very stressful for people that haven’t had to go through ESTA approval in the past, particularly if this is the first time you are going to be traveling to the US or internationally. Our support is there to help every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

ESTA Visa Waiver FAQs

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How long in advance should ESTA be issued?

As a general rule it is a good idea to apply for and receive ESTA approval at least 72 hours prior to your departure, but the earlier you can go through this process ahead of your travel plans the better off you are going to be.

While the ESTA process online can take as little as five minutes to move through, with almost instant answers (usually a definitive answer inside of 72 hours for those that have had to wait), you’ll want to leave yourself a little bit of a buffer zone just to be on the safe side.

At the same time, we may be able to help you with expedited ESTA approval. We’ll be here to help in any and every way we can even if you are less than 72 hours away from your departure time, though it’s critical that you reach out ASAP so that we can get things moving for you straightaway.

What is the ESTA certificate validity?

A ESTA approval is good for two years (24 months) – or the date of your passport expiry – which means there’s no reason whatsoever to wait until the very last moment to go through this process.

For more questions and more information

For more details, check out the rest of the ESTA resources we include throughout the site. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience with any questions you may have regarding the ESTA services we make available.

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