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Terrorist Travel Prevention Act Impacts on the Visa Waiver Program

Published on: Jan 23, 2020, Last Edited: Jan 23, 2020 | Tags: Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction In January 2016, the U.S. government started to implement changes to the Visa Waiver Program through the Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention…

Questions and Answers on Permitted Business Activities under the Visa Waiver Program

Published on: Jan 13, 2020, Last Edited: Jan 13, 2020 | Tags: ESTA for Business, ESTA Requirements

This article covers a range of questions and answers on how an ESTA can be used for conducting business related activities in the U.S. while traveling under the…

What are the categories of U.S. visas and visa waivers?

Published on: Dec 17, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 30, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Eligibility

Introduction Foreign nationals visiting the United States will need to either obtain a U.S. visa or a visa waiver. The visa application process usually involves…

What is the experience of traveling on an ESTA?

Published on: Dec 06, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 06, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Experience, ESTA Application

Introduction The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) provides travelers with the option to travel visa-free to the United States using a streamlined…

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…

ESTA for Transit Purposes

Published on: Nov 04, 2019, Last Edited: Dec 03, 2019 | 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…

Applying for an ESTA with a Criminal Record

Published on: Oct 28, 2019, Last Edited: Jan 06, 2020 | Tags: ESTA with Criminal Record, Visa with Criminal Record, ESTA Requirements

Can you get an ESTA with previous criminal arrests or convictions? Yes, an ESTA can be obtained with a criminal record, however getting an ESTA approved will…

How does the ESTA identify security risks?

Published on: Oct 21, 2019, Last Edited: Oct 21, 2019 | 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…

How does the communicable disease question impact an ESTA application?

Published on: Oct 07, 2019, Last Edited: Oct 07, 2019 | 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…

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