If you're intending to travel to the US, either as a tourist, or on business, the first thing you should consider is your Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) application. All citizens of countries listed in the US Visa Waiver Program need an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation in order to travel to, or even through, the US
Citizens of countries within the VWP (Visa Waiver Program) are required to obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation in order to travel to or through the US. The ESTA visa system is operated by the US Government Department for Homeland Security, and Electronic System for Travel Authorisation applications may only be made electronically online.
An ESTA approval number gives the applicant approval to travel to the US, however, it does not give the applicant the right to enter the US - this is down to the US border control authorities. Of course, it is rare for a traveller to be stopped at the border, but it can happen. An ESTA does NOT give the applicant the right to reside or work in the US, and it is only valid for a maximum of 2 years from date of issue (or until expiry date of passport, whichever is sooner).
Customers can buy an ESTA direct from the US Government website (https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov), where they will pay a fee of $14.00 or they can apply via an online agency such as ours, where they will pay an additional service fee which covers the cost of processing and provides an enhanced level of service. The total cost of applying via this service is £39.95. Our service fee includes not only the checking and processing of the application and delivering the ESTA number in PDF format, but we also offer several benefits:
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|Confirmation by post (by request)|
|Full refund if declined|
None of the above services are available via the US Government website - the US DHS will not send documents by post because they operate the entire system only electronically, they offer only a premium rate phone service at the US embassy in London, with a series of recorded messages, and under no circumstances will they refund all of the fees if they refuse an ESTA application.