Applying for a USA Visa: A Guide for Australian Citizens

The allure of the United States for travelers is timeless. From the vibrant cityscapes of New York to the sun-kissed beaches of California, it presents a rich tapestry of experiences to Australian visitors. Culture, business, or pleasure – no matter what draws you stateside, ensuring you have the correct travel authorization is paramount. For Australian citizens, the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) offers a streamlined way to enter the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Here’s everything you need to know about securing your ESTA, enabling you to immerse yourself in the adventure and opportunity that the US promises.

Understanding the ESTA for Australian Citizens

The ESTA is not just a travel document; it represents your hassle-free gateway to the United States. As an Australian citizen, you are privileged to be part of the VWP, which allows you to travel to the US for tourism, business, transit, or medical reasons without the need for a traditional visa. However, obtaining an ESTA is a critical step in planning your journey. Let’s unveil the process and essential details Australian citizens must be aware of when applying for the ESTA.

Navigating the ESTA Application Process

Ready to experience the grandeur of the US? The application form for an ESTA is simple and efficient, designed with your convenience in mind:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorisation and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you are in need of your ESTA quickly, don’t worry. We offer expedited processing options for those requiring urgent travel authorisation. Select your preference at checkout and rest assured, we’ve got your travel needs covered.

ESTA Validity and Requirements for Australian Travelers

An approved ESTA is valid for two years from the date of authorization or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. During this period, you can visit the US multiple times without reapplying, as long as each stay does not exceed 90 days. To be eligible for an ESTA, you must:

  • Be a citizen of a VWP country, such as Australia.
  • Plan to stay in the US for 90 days or less.
  • Travel for business, pleasure, or transit.
  • Have a valid passport that is recognized by the United States.
  • Arrive via an approved air or sea carrier; if entering by land from Mexico or Canada, an ESTA is not required.

It is crucial to keep in mind that an approved ESTA does not guarantee entry into the United States; that decision ultimately lies with the Customs and Border Protection officers at the point of entry. However, having your ESTA in hand simplifies the process greatly.

Common Do’s and Don’ts for ESTA Holders

Once you have your ESTA, there are a few important guidelines you should follow to ensure a smooth travel experience:


  • Apply for your ESTA at least 72 hours before departure.
  • Keep a printed or digital copy of your ESTA with your travel documents.
  • Update any changes in your travel plans or personal details on your ESTA profile.


  • Overstay your 90-day limit under the VWP.
  • Attempt to work or take up long-term study on an ESTA authorization.
  • Forget to check the validity of your passport and ESTA before booking your travel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our dedicated team understands that preparing for your trip to the US may prompt a number of questions regarding the ESTA:

Can I extend my ESTA while in the US?

No, you cannot extend an ESTA. However, you are allowed multiple entries over the two-year validity period or until your passport expires.

What if my passport is set to expire soon?

Your ESTA is linked to your passport number. If your passport expires, so does your ESTA, and you will need to reapply with your new passport.

Does an ESTA authorize me to work in the US?

An ESTA does not permit employment. If you wish to work in the US, you will need to obtain an appropriate work visa.

Plan Your US Adventure with Confidence

Securing your ESTA is the first step in your US travel journey. Remember that as an Australian citizen, you have the privilege of entering the United States with ease thanks to the Visa Waiver Program and the ESTA system. We, at eVisaUS, are here to ensure that your preparation is as seamless as the experiences awaiting you in America. So ready your passport, and let the excitement for your upcoming US adventure begin!

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