Now ESTA has changed the rules for way travelers make their way to the US country for some foreigners. The system has made travel to the US is so easier for other people it has not been that easy. The ESTA Travel Authorization was instituted as a way to heighten the security of the Visa Waiver Program.
Purpose of Visa
Having a U.S. visa permits you to travel to a port of entry airport and land border crossing and appeal for permission of the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection inspector to enter the ESTA U.S. Embassy While having a visa does not promise entry to the U.S. it does indicate a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas has identified that you are eligible to pursue entry for that definite purpose.
The original plan was to allow citizens from member countries to cross into the US with only a valid passport however since September 11 security has become a priority and simply allowing passport holders to enter the US without being vetted became a huge security concern.
Understanding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
Some people have issues getting the ESTA approval because they do not understand how the VWP is supposed to be used.
- If you plan on visiting the US for less than 90 days you can enter under the VWP.
- If you plan on visiting the US and all or any of Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean Islands for a total of less than 90 days you can enter under the VWP.
- If you plan on visiting the US for less than 90 days, exiting and then returning to the United States you can enter under the VWP.
- Visit with friends and family
- Attend NON credit educational seminars
- Meet with business associates
- Check on business ventures
- Stay for up to 90 days