LEXICON | DISCOVER THE TERMS RELATED TO ESTA
Before ordering your ESTA , it may be useful to know the terms that are very often linked to this document. To make it easier for you to understand our articles, we have listed the most frequently used words relating to ESTA authorization. Find out what they mean now, and at the same time consult the help pages, news and FAQs !
The embassy is a foreign structure that acts as a diplomatic representation in the country where it is located. The main roles of an embassy are: firstly, to maintain the relationship it maintains with the host country and secondly, to provide support to expatriates when necessary.
It is an organization in charge of relations with expatriates in the country of residence. The consulate has missions similar to those of a town hall. Among others, it identifies, assists and provides its nationals with official documents such as: passports, identity cards, etc.
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES
This department is responsible for security checks on American soil. After the September 11, 2001 attack, 22 federal agencies were brought together to form this department. When you make an ESTA request, they are the ones who will decide whether to grant you authorization.
DEPARTMENT OF STATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Like the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United States Department of State is responsible for international relations. It is thanks to the collaboration of the United States Department of State with the Department of Homeland Security that ESTA was created, allowing travelers to simplify procedures and enhanced security.
In connection with the American Department of Homeland Security, customs are in charge of the security of the country by fighting against terrorism, the clandestine entry of firearms as well as that of drugs, illegal immigrants and any other prohibited product.
CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM 6059B
The form is also called “blue form 6059B” because the blue document is issued on the plane. Previously, you were instructed to complete the fields relating to your personal information. You also had to specify what you are carrying. This document is no longer relevant today.
ESTA is the abbreviation for Electronic System for Travel Authorization; this completed form is sent to the American authorities who decide to issue or refuse the ESTA authorization, preventing you from entering the USA. This allows authorities to check your identity, your criminal record and your health.
When requesting an ESTA authorization, you are asked to pay the sum of $ 14 which is equal to the filing fee. This sum helps to finance the Department of Homeland Security of the USA and to promote American tourism. You cannot get ESTA without paying this amount.
It has been implemented to avoid duplication since it is more difficult to imitate than its electronic counterpart, thanks to a strengthening of data security. Its content is identical to that of its predecessor: it contains your identity, your size, the color of your eyes, your nationality, etc. The microchip contains your personal information, your fingerprints and a scanned photo.
DIPLOMATIC SECURITY SERVICE OF THE UNITED STATES
This service is responsible for the security of the State Department site, but not only. Indeed, it also deals with diplomatic missions, consular offices abroad, it protects American diplomats outside American soil and foreign representatives visiting the USA.
It is an essential official document for travelers who wish to visit the United States but who are not eligible for ESTA. The visa is proof of your personal data and the motivations that prompt you to make the trip. This document is issued by the authorities of the country in question.
It is possible to apply for a B1 visa for a business trip. Indeed, it can be issued to you, if you have to go to American soil to negotiate a contract, participate in a conference, training or sports competition. If the American authorities refuse you the ESTA authorization and you have to travel for the reasons mentioned above, the B1 visa may be an alternative to consider for your trip.
The B2 visa is intended for people wishing to go to the USA to visit and discover the country, or for medical reasons and who do not meet the requirements of the ESTA authorization.
The permanent visa, or permanent residence card, is more generally known as the Green Card. It allows its holder to live, work, study, etc. to USA.
VWP (VISA WAIVER PROGRAM)
More commonly known as the Visa Waiver Program, this agreement brings together no less than 38 participating countries. Nationals of member countries benefit from simplified procedures for traveling to the USA: they do not have to apply for a visa at the embassy but must obtain an ESTA online.