Special characters and accents on your ESTA-Application.

People from Denmark, Belgium, France, Sweden, Germany and other countries that use special non-Latin characters often wonder how they should be written on the ESTA application form. Since the English language doesn’t use any accented characters, a completed ESTA application may only contain English (Latin) characters.

The ESTA website is capable, however, of dealing with the vast majority of French, German and Swedish accented characters by automatically transliterating them into the Latin letter equivalent. A German name like…


Chile soon to join the U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Citizens of the South American country of Chile will soon enjoy the same visa-free entry that travelers from 37 other nations currently have access to, making it easier for them to travel to the USA for business and pleasure.

"Expanding visa-free travel from allied nations to the United States is a proven path to increased economic prosperity for communities all across America while also enhancing our national security," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel…


What about Visa Reform?

In 2004 Congress required the U.S. State department interview 100% of all visa applicants.  In addition to the proper visa application, visa applicants must secure an appointment with the local Consulate Office for a personal interview to determine risk and intent to stay in the United States.

The Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, recently introduced by Congressman Joseph Heck, proposes new procedures and policies to facilitate travel for viable non-risk visitors. Some of these…

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