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Imminent Senate Vote on passing Brand USA bill to encourage US Travel

Published on: Nov 22, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 22, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Fee, ESTA

Introduction Brand USA, which is a marketing organization that is funded by the ESTA, sees a way forward with passing a senate bill to extend its funding over the next few years. Brand USA is a mixed public/private organization that acts as the travel marketing arm of the United States. It has been involved in an ongoing struggle to prove that it plays a vital role in travel to the United…

Polish Passport Holders can now apply for ESTA

Published on: Nov 11, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2019 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Requirements

Introduction On November 6th 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed that Polish passport holders will be able to apply for ESTA starting today, November 11th 2019. Poland will be the first country admitted to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) since 2014, when Chile was admitted. Poland will be the 39th…

Updates on DHS Policy for Immigrant Social Media Information and Health Insurance Rules

Published on: Nov 11, 2019, Last Edited: Nov 11, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa

Introduction USA immigration policy is changing with regard to social media. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is planning to include a new question requesting social media user names on applications including naturalization and green card forms, similar to social-media related questions that already appear on U.S. ESTA and non-immigrant visa applications. The agency states…

ESTA for Transit Purposes

Published on: Nov 04, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA for Transit, ESTA Requirements

Introduction Transiting through the U.S. can be beneficial to travelers looking to book more convenient or lower cost airfare on route to their final destination. Travelers from one of the Visa Waiver Program countries can use an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) for such transit purposes. If an ESTA transit application…

Trump administration extends the deadline for TPS immigrants

Published on: Oct 31, 2019, Last Edited: Oct 31, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, Temporary Protected Status

Introduction The United States government has announced that it has extended the TPS permits for around 200,000 Salvadorean immigrants by a further year, allowing them to live and work in the US up to January 2021. TPS ( Temporary Protected Status) was granted to people from El Salvador after the major earthquakes that devasted the country in 2001. This status was set to expire…

Applying for an ESTA with a Criminal Record

Published on: Oct 28, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA with Criminal Record, Visa with Criminal Record, ESTA Requirements

Can you get an ESTA with previous criminal arrests or convictions? Applying for an ESTA with a Criminal Record

How does the ESTA identify security risks?

Published on: Oct 21, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction Since 2008, the security of the VWP (Visa Waiver Program) has been enhanced by the introduction of ESTA, which enables the CBP (U.S Customs and Border Protection) to vet prospective travelers to see if they pose a security risk before they board a carrier bound for the United States. ESTA acts as a counterbalance to the vulnerabilities and risks presented by visa-free travel…

Immigrants without private health insurance to be denied U.S. visas

Published on: Oct 14, 2019, Last Edited: Oct 14, 2019 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa Requirements

Healthcare Requirements for U.S. Immigrants President Trump has signed a declaration that will require immigrants to prove they have sufficient financial resources to pay for any health requirements or provide themselves with private medical insurance within 30 days of entering the U.S. the new rules are set to come into force on November 3rd 2019 and will not apply to those already in…

How does the communicable disease question impact an ESTA application?

Published on: Oct 07, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Questions

Introduction An applicant’s communicable disease history forms one question of the nine eligibility questions on the ESTA form that are designed to assist the CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) to assess whether you present a security risk to the United States. The first question you are required to answer is whether you are suffering from a physical or mental…

Should I apply for an ESTA before booking my itinerary?

Published on: Sep 30, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Questions

Introduction Visa waiver eligible U.S. bound travelers can apply for an ESTA before booking transport or hotel accommodation. Exact travel dates and accommodation details are not required at the time of submitting an application, although providing such information may aid in the processing of a traveler’s application. …

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