When you are not a citizen of USA and you think of going there, you must have an idea about how hard it is to undergo the entire process and acquiring requirements. Nowadays, the method for application is much faster because the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) evaluates profiles of applicants before they can travel. This system is only for citizens of the countries included in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for them to enter US without having a visa.
The application process is simple and easy to complete, as it is just a four-step process. Applicants can go through the process anywhere and anytime because the system can be accessed online and there’s no need to go to the U.S. Embassy. First thing to do is to fill up the application form and be ready with your passport for some details. Second, be sure to that your application form is answered completely before submitting it and then next would be paying the $4 which is the processing fee. Then next thing to do is just to wait and know about the result of the application. Usually it can be given within 24-72 hours. Once the application is approved, another $10 will be added to the processing fee.
If the result is negative, the traveler is still allowed to travel to U.S. using a visitor visa for being rejected from ESTA. This means that the traveler is not granted with the benefit of VWP. Recently, there are amendments on the program that give explanation as to why the ESTA USA won’t be granted. These modifications include VWP technicalities, such as to only allow travel through visitor visa for travelers from VWP countries but have dual citizenship with Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria, regardless of whether their passport were from the mentioned countries or not.
Another change of the program bans the people from countries under VWP and had traveled to Iran, Iraw, Syria or Sudan on March 1, 2011 and onwards from entering US territory without visitor visa. Except only if the travel to any of the mentioned countries was for military service. Despite these recent changes, the ESTA USA still makes it easier for people to travel to the U.S. without the need to experience the tedious process of getting a visitor visa.