If your annual traveling will include a stop into the United States, you must apply for a visa to come in. This is a temporary approval for those that are visiting. To qualify, you must apply to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection program. This program is called ESTA. It is under the umbrella of the Visa Waiver Program. Once you have been approved, you will have a limited amount of time to use this approval before it will expire and you will have to do it again. Here is what you can expect, and how much it will cost, to go through the ESTA formular online.
What Must You Do To Receive Approval?
The approval process will happen on the US Customs website, specifically under the VWP section. Simply click on the ESTA program application. You will need to enter in some personal information. This may include biographic information about yourself, and this should be submitted at least several weeks before you depart. Although the approval process will likely be extremely fast if you are from an approved country, you want to do this early in case there are any problems.
How Much Will It Cost?
The total cost will be $14 US money. This is a one time fee for every time that you apply. Once your information has been submitted, it will be processed through a database of individuals, just like you, that are trying to come in. Keep in mind that this is attached to your passport. It is a digital document and not something that you will have to print out. Once you are done, real-time notification will be provided, telling you that you have been approved or denied. If there is a problem, you will have time to submit this additional information that they are requesting. You should consider using the ESTA formular today if you will be traveling in the not-too-distant future.