Usefulness of the ESTA Certificate
All nationals of the VWP countries must obtain an ESTA license before flying to the United States. This formality, mandatory since 2009, has the advantage of being able to be carried out online: a few minutes are enough to obtain his certificate.
The conditions to respect to obtain your ESTA certificate
If you plan to stay in the United States, take stock of your profile and especially, the conditions of your stay.
Indeed, to obtain this authorization, you must make sure to travel with an airline or cruise recognized by the American government . You must also prove that you will not stay more than 90 days on US soil. To do this, you must be able to provide a return ticket.
An ESTA certificate will not be issued to you if you have ever been in trouble with US law during a previous stay or if you have already been denied an Esta application in the past.
An ESTA certificate does not guarantee entry into the US
While it is essential to apply for an ESTA certificate at least 72 hours prior to departure for the United States, it is important to note that this document does not guarantee entry into the United States. Here are explanations for the French about ESTA .
The ESTA certificate is a prior travel authorization. The final decision belongs to the immigration services who will welcome you upon your arrival on American soil. However, an accepted ESTA application is considered 99.9% guaranteed to be eligible to enter the United States .
ESTA certificate: what it authorizes, what it prohibits
Before applying online, take stock of what the certificate authorizes you but especially, on what it prohibits you!
Having an ESTA authorization allows you to stay for 90 consecutive days in the United States . During this period, you will be able to circulate as you please in the country, whether you are alone or in a group.
If you feel like it, you can participate in social activities organized by organizations or in sports, music and cultural activities. To be in agreement with the American law, only one imperative: to be voluntary. Your Esta certificate does not allow you to receive any remuneration . If you go to the US without well defined projects, find out by reading this article.
You will also be able to register for courses, provided they do not give you credit for a university degree.
If you are traveling for business, you will be able to attend professional meetings, conferences, conventions and also register for short courses. Again, these different activities should not give rise to any remuneration. Of course, you will also be able to negotiate and sign contracts .
If you lost your document ESTA , nothing serious, you do not have to present with the arrival in the USA.
Attention: whatever your profile and the reason of your stay, the ESTA certificate does not allow you to look for a job on the American territory , to participate in programs of studies in order to obtain a university degree or to seek to obtain an immigrant status. Logically, you also agree not to stay more than 90 consecutive days on American soil.