01Mar2014

Visiting the USA during summer's 4th of July Celebrations

Note: All UK travellers visiting America must apply for the ESTA authorisation

Visiting the USA during the summer holidays this year? Don’t miss the 4th July celebrations and enjoy a day of true American patriotism. 

Having to pay substantial taxes to the British crown, the thirteen colonies of North America signed the Declaration of Independence on the 4th July 1776, seceding them from the United Kingdom, and thus marking the day a national holiday in the…

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01Nov2013

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…

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01Jun2013

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…

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01Mar2013

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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