Prepare your stay in the USA
Do you want to travel to the United States for business or simply for tourism? Whatever the reasons for your stay, don’t take your trip lightly and take stock of all the formalities and documents required to enter the United States, including the ESTA.
Formalities and documents to obtain before leaving
French travelers wishing to visit the United States do not have to go through many formalities because France is one of the countries benefiting from a visa waiver through the Visa Waiver Program. The U.S. Department of State initiated this program, which is the basis for the creation of ESTA, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This process makes it easier for nationals of beneficiary countries to travel safely without having to apply for a visa. On the other hand, there are certain conditions to respect in order to enter the American territory:
- Present a valid biometric or electronic passport
- Present a return airplane ticket
- Travel with a company validated by the US government
- Present a valid ESTA certificate
- Do not plan a stay of more than 90 days
If you are worried about obtaining an ESTA certificate, if you are afraid of making a mistake, of wasting time or if you simply have difficulties with the administrative formalities, take your time to consult all of our advice and then apply for an ESTA online in a few minutes.
The ESTA is required forentry into the USA by land, sea or air.
Going to the United States: the same destination for sometimes very different profiles!
There are 1001 good reasons to visit the United States! Don’t forget about American manners at the same time.
Are you one of the travelers who want to visit the country for tourist reasons? Whether you want to visit the West Coast, go on a road trip in the heart of the country or stroll the streets of New York, the United States is an ideal destination for a couple’s trip, a family trip or even a vacation with friends. In addition to cultural visits, sports activities can also be done in the heart of a country that is home to beautiful national parks.
Many travelers also start the trip for work/business reasons. Are you one of them? You can take advantage of your stay to sign contracts or to participate in various meetings and trainings. Please note that you are not allowed to look for a job during your stay. If you wish to find a job in the United States, you must meet specific conditions to obtain a temporary work visa or immigrant visa.
Of course, you can also consider this stay for your studies. What could be better than perfecting your English and hoping one day to enter an American university? This experience will be a notable asset on your resume.
Becoming an au pair
Becoming an au pair in the United States and discovering the American way of life for one or two years while living with a family allows you to combine work and tourism. Living in the U.S. will require certain administrative steps, such as obtaining a U.S. social security number.
Travelling in the United States: what to see, what to do?
The United States is a huge and contrasting country. When visiting the United States, depending on the destination, it is possible to have a very different stay! Health insurance for the USA is highly recommended for safety reasons.
If many cities are available to travelers looking for a change of scenery and discovery, New York City remains one of the most attractive for Europeans, especially for its American cuisine. It is home to a series of iconic monuments and museums that are impossible to miss. One thinks of course of the Statue of Liberty but also of Ellis Island, located nearby. Central Park, Broadway, the Guggenheim and MOMA museums, the High Line and the Williamsburg neighborhood are also must-sees.
After the East Coast, we head to the West Coast with cities no less attractive such as Las Vegas or San Francisco with the Golden Gate Bridge, its Victorian-style terraced houses or the Golden Gate Park.
Sacramento or Santa Barbara are also part of the Californian cities that will seduce you during your stay, unless you decide to fully enjoy the attractions of Los Angeles. The second largest city in the United States after New York, L.A. is home to iconic sites such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Sunset Boulevard.
You may also opt for a stay in sunny Cuba or Florida? Located on the southeastern Gulf Coast of the United States, this state is home to the cities ofOrlando and Miami, which also promise many sightseeing opportunities.