ESTA for Slovakian Citizens
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Slovakia became a member of the Visa Waiver Program in 2008, which means that citizens of Slovakia are able to take advantage of their rights to apply for an ESTA instead of a US Visa.There are many different benefits of doing this for any citizens of Slovakia that wish to visit the US for tourism or business purposes.
ESTA Requirements and Important Information
- ESTA is limited to visits of up to 90 days
- Can be used for business, tourism, medical and transit purposes but not employment
- Children must have their own ESTA
- Travel authorisation such as ESTA or visa is required for non-US citizens entering the US
- Valid for up to 2 years or when the passport expires (whichever is soonest)
- Same ESTA can be used for multiple visits to the US
Benefits of Applying for ESTA for Slovakian Citizens
As part of the Visa Waiver Program, citizens from Slovakia have numerous benefits compared to citizens of countries that are not in the VWP. Visiting the US for tourism, business, medical or transit purposes can be authorised by obtaining an ESTA instead of a US Visa. The key benefits are that it is much quicker to obtain an ESTA in comparison to a US Visa. The entire process is much simpler, there is no need to attend an interview at the US embassy and everything is processed digitally.
In most cases, the ESTA will be processed in less than 24 hours. However, there can be delays so it is advised that applicants give at least 72 hours before they intend to travel when they apply for the ESTA.
Another big benefit of applying for an ESTA instead of a Visa is that the ESTA can be used on multiple visits to the US, provided that the passport that it has been electronically linked to is still valid. As long as the passport is still valid the ESTA can be used for two years, with a maximum stay of 90 days at any one time in the US.
The ESTA application form is fairly short and can usually be completed in less than 20 minutes whilst the US Visa application form is considerably longer.
How Slovakian Citizens Can Apply for ESTA
The process of applying for an ESTA for Slovakian citizens is very straightforward, all they need to do is visit the ESTA website and fill in the online form. They will need to submit information such as name, address, date of birth and their parents’ details. In addition to this, there is a section on medical history and any criminal convictions they may have. This information will be used to determine whether the ESTA is approved.
What to do if ESTA is Declined
If the ESTA is declined, then there is still a possibility that the applicant will be able to visit the US. Firstly, if they suspect they made a mistake on the original application, they can resubmit another one and pay the additional application fee. Or the other alternative is to apply for a US visa and attend the US Embassy for an interview.
US Embassy Address Slovakia
U.S. Embassy Bratislava
P.O. Box 309
814 99 Bratislava
Benefits of ESTA for Slovakian Citizens:
- Quick application process
- Can be used for multiple US visits
- Apply via mobile or desktop
- Used for a maximum stay of 90 days
- Short application form
- Cheaper application fee than visa