1. How long must my passport be valid before I can apply for a U.S. visa?

To travel to the United States, one must hold a valid passport with a validity period of at least six months beyond the scheduled period of stay ( except for exemptions provided by special agreement countries).

2. Who is eligible for Visa Waiver Program?

If you:

  • are a citizen of a member country of the Visa Waiver Program,
  • have a machine-readable passport,
  • want to travel to the United States for short-term business or travel with a trip of less than 90 days,
  • meet other program requirements, and
  • obtain authorization through the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA);

then you are eligible Visa Waiver Program. The program is only applicable to citizens of member countries of the Visa Waiver Program.

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Permanent residents of member countries of the Visa Waiver Program are not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program unless they are citizens of that country. Before going on any trip to the United States, we recommend that you visit the Visa Waiver Program website to confirm whether you are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program.

3. Is there a charge forElectronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)?

According to the Visa Waiver Program, tourists travelling to the United States are to be subject to an electronic system (ESTA) registration.

The registration fee for the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) is US$14.

4. How Do I Pay for an ESTA? 

ESTA Fees can be paid online with a debit card or any of the following credit cards:

  1. Visa,
  2. MasterCard,
  3. American Express, or
  4. Discover.

If you do not have a qualified credit card, a third party (travel agency, family member, etc.) can pay your Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) registration fee.

If the electronic system for travel authorization (ESTA) registration is rejected, the fee is only $4.

5. What happens if I travel to the United States without obtaining ESTA approval?

If a tourist is eligible for the Visa Waiver Program but is not approved by the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA), all flights to the United States will prohibit the tourist from boarding.

Even if boarding is approved, the boarding time may be significantly delayed, and the U.S. entry airport (that is, the arrival airport) may prohibit them from entering.

The electronic system for travel authorization (ESTA) usually only takes a few minutes to register, and the authorization can be obtained in a few seconds after registration.

The authorization is valid for two years, unless the passenger’s passport expires within two years. At this time, the validity period of the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ESTA) is subject to the validity period of the passport.

6. Can you get a visa without an interview?

Yes, this is required for most applicants. There are only a few exceptions. The following applicants usually do not need to attend the interview in person:

  • A-1, A-2 visa applicants (official personnel traveling on business due to central government affairs), C-2, C-3 (central government officials transiting due to central government affairs) or G-1, G-2, G- 3. G-4 (central government officials or employees of international organizations who travel due to international organizations) visa applicants
  • Children under 14
  • Elderly people over 80 years old (inclusive):
  • Any applicant who is eligible to use the delivery service for renewal.

7. Can I travel with new passport and visa on old passport?

If your visa is still valid, you can use the old and new passports to travel to the United States, provided that the visa is not damaged and the main purpose of travel matches the type of visa (for example: if the main purpose of travel is tourism, the visa must be Tourist VISA).

In addition, the names on the two passports must be consistent with other personal information, and the two passports must be the same type of passport issued by the same country (that is, both travel passports or diplomatic passports).

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