Thursday, January 19, 2017

Precautions to be taken when filing ESTA application

US government has a special Visa Waiver Program for countries that meet its security guidelines. And today 38 countries are participating in the program. Objective of the program is to relax visa norms for participating countries. Visitors going to US on short trips are provided electronic visa instead of regular visa.

Visitors from VWP participating countries are provided USA ESTA Visa for entering into US territories without getting formal visa.It is for visitors that want to visit US for short time that is up to 90 days. Technically it is electronic authorization system that screens visitors before they are allowed to enter into the US territory. Advantage of electronic screening is that it reduces waiting time for visitors and also it helps in formal screening of visitors.

US gets the largest number of visitors in the world hence it has to handle a high pressure of incoming people. The VWP is drafted to reduce pressure from emigration authorities. A visitor with electronic visa can easily get entry into US territory as he has been screened for security and the visa shows that he poses no threat to the US. But the electronic visa is only screening and the permission is granted by authorities at the entry points.

ESTA application is available on US government website and also there are third-party sites that help in applying for electronic visa provided under VWP program. A nominal charge of $14 is levied by government but third-party sites add their a few dollars more as service charge to the government fee. Visitors are allowed to file their electronic visa applications through government site or from third-party sites.

Electronic clearance can be obtained within 24 hours but it is better you file your application before 72 hours of your flight. It is better to file your application in advance so that you have time to take the regular visa route, if you are denied ESTA. But there are little chances of your electronic visa application getting rejected. Take precaution while entering details like your name and passport number as you won’t get a second chance to apply for visa, if it is rejected.

Precautions to be taken while filing esta visa online are that everything should be clear and readable. Corrections aren’t allowed in the application. If you are filing the application on government website then you won’t be allowed to make correction. But if you are using service of a third-party site then chances are that the site can provide you a rough form before the details are entered into the real form.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How to fill your ESTA application?

Number of visitors from countries participating in VWP program is increasing and most of the visitors are visiting US either to meet their families or for business dealings. It can be said that ESTA Visa USA has improved relations and strengthened trade and business with the VWP participating countries.

How easy is it to get ESTA?

It is electronic authorization and the authorization can be obtained within an hour. The US authorities won’t waste a single moment in authorizing applications from reliable visitors and they don’t take much time in determining reliability of applicants. The visitors provide complete details of their whereabouts and passports to the authorizing authorities. The details provided in visa applications are matched with the information about visitors in the database. Applications are authorized, if they match.

How to apply for electronic authorization?

Official ESTA application is available on website of US government and it can only be filled online. Also the authorization is provided online. The form is easy to fill and no proofs or attachments are provided with the application. It is made clear that the authorization is permission to enter in to the US territory and it isn’t a visa. The authorized person is allowed to visit US but only if the authorities allow.

Applicants have to pay a fee of $14 for authorization. It is a nominal fee that every applicant has to pay. But it is the official fee that only government sites charge. If you are on a website owned and operated by a third-party then you will pay more than $14 as the website owner will add his profit to the government fee. Now the question is whether you should use a government site or a third-party platform.

Which site to use for filing application?

Most applicants choose third-party platforms for ESTA visa online. It is so because third-party sites provide comprehensive information on electronic authorization. The application has to be filled at one go as no corrections are allowed. If you are entering details on real application then you have to be careful as entering incorrect detail will get your application rejected. But if you are on a third-party site then it could help.

A third-party site can provide you an opportunity to make corrections, if you make a wrong entry. You will get a fake application to fill and the website will enter the details on the real site, if you approve the entries.