ESTA Form Registration Service
The United States has always been, and still is, many travellers’ ideal holiday destination. It is a country with so much to offer, from the theme parks of Florida to the wide open spaces of the Rocky Mountains – and that’s just to start with. As with every trip, travel arrangements should be made well in advance, especially when looking into your US visa requirements.
Countries in the Visa Waiver Program
In case you weren’t aware of the announcement by the United States government, if you are a national from a country on the US Visa Waiver list, your entry into the country will be subject to an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application. This system came into force when it was announced by the Department for Homeland Security in November 2008.
To clarify, you will need to complete an ESTA form if you are from one of the following 38 countries on the Visa Waiver list:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
Completing an ESTA online is very important in order to avoid any complications on arrival in the United States, and our professional application checking service will ensure your application is submitted in the correct manner, giving you piece of mind ahead of your trip.
The best way of ensuring your ESTA registration is completed in line with US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations is to have it professionally reviewed.
Check the ESTA guidelines carefully
Before you begin this process, it is essential to make sure you meet the following guidelines. You must be a citizen or national of a country in the ESTA Waiver Visa programme. It is worth double checking in the list of countries above. Also, ensure you are not currently holding an American ESTA already, as this will invalidate the application.
In terms of your trip, you should be planning to stay for less than 90 days, and your trip should be for the purposes of business or pleasure. You can apply for an ESTA visa for yourself and a partner, or a larger group. We will be able to guide you through the process for all of them.
How can I improve my US ESTA approval chances?
So, what are the benefits of using a professional team to check your ESTA form before it is sent to the US Department of Homeland Security? Firstly, we are a non-governmental service which is committed to making sure you have the correct information in your form before it is sent. Our support team are English speakers, which means they will vet your ESTA application for any possible language errors, be they spelling or grammatical, before it is processed.
You do have the option of filling out your form directly on the US Department of Homeland Security website. However, we urge you to consider the implications of an incorrect submission. Is it really worth jeopardising your trip by taking the risk? We recommend taking advantage of the support team available to you, and having the peace of mind which is allowed by knowing your application has been thoroughly checked before being sent.
There are also some application details you should be aware of. From its date of issue, your ESTA visa will be usable for a period of two years, or to the date of your passport expiry, whichever occurs first. In the eventuality of you losing your ESTA registration number, you have the right to retrieve this without cost for two years.
For those going through the US in transit, the situation is no different. If you meet the eligibility terms given for nationals of Visa Waiver countries to apply for an ESTA visa, you still need to go through the process. Say you are travelling through the US to reach Canada, you will be required to go through the ESTA visa application, even though you may not be staying in the country for a long period of time.
Plan ahead for your ESTA
Bear in mind the time taken for application approval by a professional service when planning ahead of your trip. We recommend applying at least three days (72 hours) before you set off on your trip to the US, to allow for any complications which may arise. This is made more pertinent by the US Consulate’s regulations, which do not permit an express service or similar.
Even if your departure date falls within the next three to six months (90 to 180 days), we strongly advise you begin your ESTA application process immediately. Remember that using a professional service to check the composition and validity of your application can save you time in the long run, and improve your chances of a successful registration.
After approval, you will be able to travel to the USA within the two year time frame permitted by the valid ESTA. Your entry to the US will be finalised on arrival by the authorities of Customs and Border Protection. Therefore, an ESTA does not 100% guarantee entry into the US. It is however, an essential part of the process for nationals of Visa Waiver countries that meet the ESTA criteria, before travelling to the US.
Should you exceed the 90 day time frame which has been stipulated for visitors to the US, you must apply for either a residence visa or business visa in order to continue your stay.
Children are subject to the same conditions as adults travelling, in terms of whether they require an ESTA. They should also be the holder of a digital passport.
Complete support for online ESTA application
Another benefit you will enjoy from our professional ESTA application checking service is that everything is arranged online. You avoid the possibility of queues at your US Consulate or embassy and can save time in the completion of the ESTA process.
To avoid confusion, remember that your ESTA application number is usually comprised of 14 characters, and is a combination made up of both numbers and letters. When approved, you will be sent a digital copy of your authorisation to travel. It is imperative that you keep this safe at all times, until your day of travel. You might also want to print out this document, in order that you have a hard copy to file away in a safe place.
For those that are not ESTA eligible
Only citizens of the 38 countries listed in the Visa Waiver programme need apply for an ESTA visa. If you are not a national hailing from one of those countries, you may need a US visa such as a B-1 Business Visa or B-2 Tourist Visa.
So don’t delay, take advantage of our simple ESTA online application checking service, offering fast processing times and a manual verification team which is committed to supporting your application. You can check the status of your application at any time online, and we offer a secure online payment system for you to complete your ESTA registration, before travelling to the US.