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Applying for an ESTA with a Criminal Record

Published on: Apr 11, 2022, Last Edited: Apr 11, 2022 | Tags: ESTA with Criminal Record, Visa with Criminal Record, ESTA Requirements

Can you get an ESTA with previous criminal arrests or convictions? Applying for an ESTA with a Criminal Record

Travellers entering the U.S. by land will soon need an ESTA

Published on: Apr 11, 2022, Last Edited: Apr 11, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Application Pending, Border Security, ESTA Requirements

On April 7th 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revised the requirements for Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers entering the United States by land. When will ESTA be required for Visa Waiver Programme travellers entering by land? Starting October 1st 2022, all travellers entering the United States by air, sea and now land,…

How to Make Multiple ESTA Visa Waiver Applications

Published on: Mar 26, 2022, Last Edited: Mar 26, 2022 | Tags: ESTA, Visa Waiver Programme, Group ESTA Applications

Introduction Travellers submitting ESTA applications will often be accompanied by family members, colleagues, friends, or other travel companions.…

How do DHS and CBP use APIS?

Published on: Feb 28, 2022, Last Edited: Feb 28, 2022 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA Requirements

APIS is the Advance Passenger Information System, a pre-departure requirement allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review passenger’s information. Passenger data undergoes security checks before they are allowed to board their flights entering or leaving the U.S. APIS is also used for commercial shipping or sailing to or from the U.S. APIS, together with Passenger Name Record…

Getting a US Visa with a Criminal Record

Published on: Jan 31, 2022, Last Edited: Jan 31, 2022 | Tags: Visa with Criminal Record, ESTA

Introduction If you have been denied an ESTA due to previous criminal history, your next option for obtaining a travel authorisation to the United States would be to apply for a U.S. Visitor Visa. Visitor Visas can be one of three types: B-2 Tourist Visa, B-1 Business Visa or B-1/B-2 Mixed-Use Tourism & Business Visa.

Visa for Florida

Published on: Dec 17, 2021, Last Edited: Dec 17, 2021 | Tags: USA Visa, USA Visa Application, USA Visa Requirements

The article below provides information on obtaining a visa for Florida, or a visa waiver for Florida. Florida is a state for beach lovers. The state boasts over 600 "beach" miles. The relaxing atmosphere and pleasant climate make the state a good destination for holiday seekers. Miami is a hot spot for tourists, as it constantly hosts a variety of events from professional sporting…

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.

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