USA: Evisa Considerations for Dual Citizens

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The United States is a tapestry of diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and endless opportunities for adventure. From the iconic skyline of New York City to the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon, traveling to the US can be an unforgettable experience. As you plan your journey, immersing yourself in the American way of life, visiting historical landmarks, and indulging in the vast culinary offerings are just a few of the delights that await you. But before you pack your bags, understanding the visa requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth trip. This is particularly important for dual citizens who may have different considerations when it comes to visa applications.

If you’re a dual citizen from a VWP country, you’re likely eligible to apply for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a more streamlined process than obtaining a traditional visa. This travel authorization can dramatically simplify your entry into the United States, saving you time and hassle.

ESTA: An Overview for Dual Citizens

First things first: What is ESTA? The ESTA is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), allowing citizens of participating countries to travel to the US for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. For dual citizens, it’s essential to know which passport to use when applying for an ESTA. The key is to use the passport from the VWP country. If you hold a second passport from a non-VWP country, that passport should not be used for the ESTA application.

Applying for an ESTA is a straightforward process:

  • Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes and you’ll need your passport close by.
  • Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types, including PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Credit Card.
  • Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorization and, just like that, you’re ready to travel!

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Important Considerations for Dual Citizens When Using ESTA

If you’re a dual citizen, there are several important factors to consider when applying for an ESTA:

  • Passport Selection: Always use the passport from the VWP country when filling out the ESTA application. Your travel to the US must correspond with the nationality you used when submitting your ESTA.
  • Passport Validity: The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (some exceptions exist).
  • Name Consistency: The name on your ESTA application must match exactly the name as it appears on the passport from the VWP country.
  • Additional Nationalities: You must disclose your additional citizenships on the ESTA application. Honesty in your application is critical to avoid issues at the border.
  • Previous Visas and ESTAs: If you have previously traveled to the U.S. with a visa or another ESTA under a different nationality, you will need to provide this information as well.

Benefits of Using ESTA for Dual Citizens

There are several benefits of using ESTA:

  • Speed: The ESTA application is processed quickly, most often within 72 hours, making for speedy travel arrangements.
  • Convenience: The entire process is online, eliminating the need for an embassy visit.
  • Duration: Once approved, an ESTA is valid for two years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first, and allows for multiple entries into the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does my second nationality affect my ESTA application?

If your second nationality is from a non-VWP country, it won’t impact your eligibility for ESTA as long as you apply with your VWP country’s passport. However, you must disclose all nationalities on your application.

Can I use my ESTA if I renew my passport?

If your passport expires, your ESTA will too. You’ll need to apply for a new ESTA with your new passport.

What should I do if my ESTA is denied?

If your ESTA application is denied, you may need to apply for a visa. For more specific advice, consider contacting a professional with expertise in travel or immigration law.


As a dual citizen, an ESTA can be your ticket to hassle-free travel to the United States. By paying attention to the details of your application and understanding the requirements linked to your dual citizenship, you can look forward to exploring the incredible diversity and beauty of the US. Always remember to make sure your travel documents are in order, and if you have any questions about the ESTA or the application process, we’re here to help. Travel smart, travel easy, and get ready for your next American adventure!

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