Starting from 2009, the following nationalities are excluded from needing a traditional/paper visa to enter the United States for travel, transit, or business purposes. Passport holders of these countries must apply for an Online US Visa.
Online US Visa or ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) is a new entry requirement for foreign nationals with visa exempt status who are planning to travel to United States by air, land or sea for visits of up to 90 days. The Electronic Authorization is linked directly to your passport and is valid for a period of (2) two years. Online US Visa is not a physical document or a sticker in your passport. You must travel to the US with the same passport that was used in the Online US Visa Application. You are required to furnish the passport to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry into United States.
Applicants of the eligible countries list below must apply for an Online US Visa Application minimum 72 hours in advance of their flight.
To enter the United States, Canadian citizens simply need their Canadian passports. However, Canadian Permanent Residents may need to apply for an Online US Visa if they aren't already citizens of one of the nations listed below.
Citizens of the following nationalities are eligible to apply for an Online USA Visa:
Applying for an Online USVisa is a straighforward process and whole process can be completed online. However its a good idea to understand what are essential requirements before you begin the process. Learn more at Online US Visa Application Process.
Apply for a Online US Visa 3 days in advance of your flight.