International conventions, events, and why you need an ESTA to get there

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The tech world is never passive, and there are always events such as conventions, lectures or other forms of get-togethers where minds alike have the chance to discuss and learn from one another. While a great deal can be accomplished cybernetic ally, this is one of those things where you have to physically commit to attending the event. This shouldn’t pose a problem, although many have been surprised to find out that they need something called an ESTA in order to get to the U.S. You’re going to need one if your trade conventions take you there, but you need to know what an ESTA is, first. Find out on this article: What is ESTA?

To keep it short, this is something you will require, similar to a regular visa, if you are traveling to the U.S. by either air or sea.  If you plan on going there via land, you’re going to need the I-94W form if your ESTA didn’t come through.

It’s not a guaranteed pass of entry

It’s important to know that if you have an ESTA; it doesn’t mean that you will automatically grant you the right to pass into the U.S. While the ESTA does prove that you are entitled to do so, whether or not you will actually be able to pass into the U.S. lies with the authorities in charge such as the U.S Customs and Border Protection. Even if you have the ESTA, which you need to have, your application must also fit the bill.

How much does it cost?

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Being on the forefront of everything tech will cost you, but not a fortune. In fact, it’s very affordable to apply for an ESTA. You will need $14 for this purpose.  The application itself only costs $4, and the rest goes to U.S. Tourism.  In case you aren’t approved for the ESTA, you will only be charged the $4, and the other $10 will be refunded.

How long to fill in the application?

The process of applying for an ESTA is very simple and not at all time consuming. You will spend no more than 10 minutes on the website in order to get your application ready for the show.   If you are traveling as a group, it’s important to know that the application needs to be on a personal basis and not as a group application. You can apply on someone else’s behalf though, so if you’re traveling with someone you can help them out.

After you submit your application, it can take up to 72 hours for your status to come through some make sure you submit it with plenty of time left before you would have to depart. Also, while 72 hours is the standard waiting time, in most cases you will be able to get your status confirmed immediately.