Understanding the U.S. Visa Waiver Program
The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) covers the entry and exit of non-U.S. nationals under the visa waiver program. It is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the purpose of streamlining the entry and exit process, as well as making it much quicker for select nationalities to make travel arrangements to the U.S.
Key ESTA Requirements You Need to Know About
- You must be a citizen of an eligible country.
- You cannot apply for ESTA once you are inside the U.S.
- Your application does not give you the right to reside for an extended period of time.
- You can be traveling for business purposes such as meeting suppliers, attending a conference, or accepting a job interview. You are however unable to accept paid work of any kind during your stay.
- Your passport must have at least 6 months of valid time from the date you arrive in the U.S.
- You are not permitted to stay longer than 3 months.
- You must not hold any criminal convictions which resulted in you being jailed for more than 1 year.
- You are not permitted to travel if you have TB at your point of embarkation.
- Your ESTA will be valid for multiple entry for 24 months, or until your passport expires.