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Travellers who wish to enter the United States for short-term business, tourism or transit purposes may be eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), if they meet specific requirements.
The VWP cannot be used if you are travelling for employment purposes, to study for credit, to work as foreign press (radio, film, journalism or other information media), or to take up permanent residence.
All eligible travellers wishing to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for pre-travel authorisation. Also known as an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization), this is similar to a visa, but no stamp or label will be placed in your passport.
Applications must be submitted to the embassy at least 72 hours before travel. If your application is approved, the ESTA will generally be valid for multiple entries over two years or until your passport expires (whichever is soonest). The maximum period of stay in the United States, including Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean Islands, is 90 days.
If entering the US by air or sea, you must hold an onward or return ticket and travel with a carrier which has agreed to participate in the programme. Applicants travelling on an electronic ticket must present a printed copy of the itinerary at the port of entry. Please note, an onward ticket which terminates in Mexico, Canada, Bermuda or any of the Caribbean Islands is NOT acceptable unless you are a permanent legal resident of that country.
If entering the US by land from Canada or Mexico, you will be required to complete an I-94W form, issued by the immigration authorities at the port of entry, and pay a small entry fee.
Your passport must contain an integrated electronic chip and display the universal e-passport symbol on the front cover. If it doesn’t, you will need to apply for a standard non-immigrant visa, rather than an ESTA. Please contact us for further information or assistance making an application.
You must also hold a UK passport. If your passport indicates that you are a British subject, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, or otherwise states that you have Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you aren’t eligible for the VWP.
Please note, failure to determine whether or not your passport is valid for Visa Waiver may result in you being denied boarding by your airline or carrier.
The embassy does not recommend applying for an ESTA if you have been arrested (even if the arrest didn’t result in a conviction), or if you have a criminal record or serious communicable disease. The same applies if you have previously been refused admission to the US, been deported or overstayed on the VWP at any point in the past. Applicants who fit these criteria are unlikely to be eligible for Visa Waiver.
You may also be ineligible if you have travelled to, or been present in, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen or Iran since 1st March, 2011, for reasons other than military service or official governmental duties.
Applicants who have dual nationality with any of the aforementioned countries are also ineligible for the VWP and, as of February 2016, any existing ESTA will be revoked. However, you may still be able to visit the US on a standard non-immigrant visa. Please contact us for further information or assistance making an application.