ESTA Application Rules All You Need To Know26/08/2019
If you are applying a visa free entry to the USA, then you need to apply an ESTA or Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. Once you apply for this, it will last up to two years. But there are major ESTA application rules you need to know.
Also, the maximum period you can in USA is 90 days for the purposes of tourism. This type of visa-free-entry is part of US’s Visa Waiver Program.
You can apply for ESTA 72 hours prior to travel. There are currently 38 countries are of the list as part of the programme.
If you are a citizen of eligible countries, then you can apply for an ESTA visa free entries to the USA unless you are not a Canadian citizen. ESTA was introduced in 2007 and became mandatory in 2009 to enter in USA.
Outside of the ESTA eligible countries if you are a citizen of Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands. Then, you need to produce a police certificate to enter USA without requiring a visa.
However, New Zealand also has taken similar initiative. This will allow eligible citizens to enter the country up to 180 days without requiring a visa.
Meanwhile, Turkey will allow you to apply for a similar type of visa. That will let you enter the country without requiring a visa.
Current, applying for a ESTA cost just $14 or £11 (1 USD = 0.814712 GBP). But it is set to increase in the nearer future according to Skift reports.
Newly passed Brand USA Extension Act will allow to increase current fee of $14 to $21 in 2027.
The USA government update the ESTA visa application rules change very frequently. Once of the most recent changes is if you want to enter to the USA, you need to provide your social media details.
Also, this rule expands if you are seeking to enter to the USA with other types of visas as well.
However, there are some consequences. While, introducing this new rule will allow immigration officers to use more of their authoritarian power.
This will let them to scrutinise an immigrant more deeply including they can be turn away from the airport.
According to Daily Express reports, if you are carrying powers in USA, it can put you into a trouble.
But, you always need to remember once you are visiting in overseas, you need to respect its different law and legislations.
You will also find most recent changes of ESTA rules from ESTA VISA US.