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

Published on: Nov 10, 2021, Last Edited: Nov 10, 2021 | 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 travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP). We received a number of the following questions in response to the information on using an ESTA for business purposes…

Travelling to the U.S. while pregnant

Published on: Oct 21, 2021, Last Edited: Oct 21, 2021 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration

New visa restrictions make it harder for pregnant women to enter the United States The Trump Administration has been critical of foreign nationals travelling to the United States during pregnancy to gain “birth right citizenship” for their child. According to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 10,000 babies were born in the United States to foreign…

ESTA website problems

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: ESTA Website Down, ESTA Website Problems, ESTA Application

Introduction ESTA website problems are rare but can be frustrating for travellers on tight timelines. Website technical issues are inherent to any online system, especially those supporting a high volume of users. Although the ESTA systems maintains a high uptime of over 99%, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) typically performs necessary updates on the ESTA website on the weekends, most…

Updating an ESTA Visa Waiver Travel Authorisation

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: Mistake on ESTA, Updating an ESTA

Updating an ESTA ensures CBP is made aware of changes to your travel plans or other travel related information. Not updating or checking your ESTA application before your departure may result in problems at the U.S. border or before your departure to the U.S. The status of the required payment for your application will determine what information can be updated on your ESTA.

What does ESTA Application Pending mean?

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: ESTA, ESTA Application Pending

If your ESTA application is pending, it means that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reviewing the information you provided on your form. You will usually be notified of the final decision on your application within 72 hours, otherwise, you can check your ESTA application status here.

Visa for Los Angeles, California USA

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: ESTA, USA Visa

Introduction Known to many as the City of Angels, Los Angeles is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, bursting at the seams with culture and excitement. With 45.5 million yearly visitors, it comes as no surprise to see that Los Angeles is…

How can I check if my ESTA is still valid?

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: ESTA, ESTA Duration, ESTA Validity

Check the status of any existing ESTA applications before flying to the United States to retrieve your ESTA authorisation number and expiry date. You can check your ESTA expiry date, ESTA validity and retrieve the ESTA number simply by filling out the form using the passport details as well as first and last name of the applicant. Your ESTA status, authorisation…

Fixing a mistake on your ESTA Application

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: Mistake on ESTA, ESTA

The ESTA, or visa waiver, application may seem like a simple application, yet it is quite common to make a mistake. The most common mistakes are incorrect birthdate, passport expiry/issuance dates or passport number. If you find you've made a mistake on your ESTA application, here's what to do (checkout the video for a brief summary):

ESTA for Transit Purposes

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021 | Tags: ESTA for Transit, ESTA Requirements

Introduction Transiting through the U.S. can be beneficial to travellers looking to book more convenient or lower cost airfare on route to their final destination. Travellers from one of the Visa Waiver Programme countries can use an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) for such transit purposes. If an ESTA transit application…

Do I need to apply for an ESTA if crossing the Canada border?

Published on: Aug 23, 2021, Last Edited: Aug 23, 2021

Introduction Most Visa Waver Programme (VWP) eligible travellers visit the United States via commercial air or sea carriers or via land. Those arriving by land usually do so by crossing into the United States through the Canadian border, or although less frequent, the Mexican border. This article will examine the requirements of these travellers when…

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