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“ESTA” NOW REQUIRED FOR VISA WAIVER APPLICANTS

DHS now requires an online visitor visa applications for individuals wishing to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.  This new online application, known as the “Electronic System for Travel Authorization” (“ESTA”), provides for the issuance of a two year entry document for purposes of business or pleasure visits to the

USA

. ESTA provides an almost immediate determination of eligibility to travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  DHS recommends that applicants apply at least 72 hours in advance of planned travel, and have available information relating to their destinations, addresses of residence in the

USA

and general biographic information. The website, initially available in English only, now includes 15 additional languages.

Access to the website can be gained through accessing the DHS specified site at: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.  

The 35 visa waiver participant countries are as follows:


Andorra


Estonia


Italy

     


Malta


Singapore


Australia


Finland


Japan


Monaco


Slovakia


Austria


France


Korea

(South) 


Netherlands


Slovenia


Belgium


Germany


Latvia


New Zealand


Spain


Brunei


Hungary


Liechtenstein


Norway


Sweden


Czech

Republic


Iceland


Lithuania


Portugal


Switzerland


Denmark


Ireland


Luxembourg


San Marino


United Kingdom

In addition, countries including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Poland and Romania are currently working towards eventual inclusion.

It should be noted that only individuals wishing to enter the United States under the Visa Waiver Program are required to secure an ESTA authorization.  Individuals from visa waiver countries who hold valid U.S. visas in their passports do not need an ESTA authorization.

For Further Information On How We Can Help Your Firm Meet Its Employment Eligibility Verification Obligations, Please Contact Amy Wildes At amy@wildeslaw.com

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