Electronic Travel Authorization Is an Alternative, But Not Addition to US Visa

Many people intending to visit the United States for tourism do not want to get troubled by visa processing because it takes from few weeks to couple of months for issuance and sometimes there is additional administrative processing that results in issue of Request for Further Evidence (RFE) that has to be satisfactorily responded to ensure that issuance of visa is not denied by the visa officer. There is always a situation of uncertainty after visa interview until issuance of the visa. Consider high visitor visa fee which is currently equivalent to US$160 and this is non-refundable in case of visa denial.


Best alternative to travel visa

If you consider the above facts, you may not think of applying visitor visa for the United States but if it is your wish to visit this beautiful country, then you look for some alternative document which electronic travel authorization the issuance of which is much easier than obtaining a visa through online エスタ. The only question is of your eligibility because this travel is issued to for specific purpose with specific eligibility rules. The individuals from all counties of globe are not eligible to apply for this travel document except those from 38 designated countries and territories included in the US Department of Homeland Security’s list. Electronic System for Travel Authorization is obviously a good choice against visa for short-term travel, up to 90 days, under United States’ Visa Waiver Program, provided you meet its eligibility criteria. This document can be issued through an online application on esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

Visa and electronic travel authorization not issued together

Some people may think of applying for both type of document concurrently as a safeguard to ensure that if one document is delayed or denied, another can be used as a valid document for travel to US. This is not possible because electronic travel authorization can only be issued to non-holder or non-applicant of visa.