In this post, we share exciting news for Israeli nationals. The U.S. government recently designated Israel as the 41st country to join the Visa Waiver Program (also known as ESTA) effective November 30, 2023.
In this video attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses what this means and how it can benefit you.
If you want to know more about this exciting news, please keep on watching!
To travel under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) you must:
- Be a citizen or eligible national of a Visa Waiver Program country.
- Not be in possession of a visitor’s visa.
- Your travel to the USA must be for 90 days or less.
- You must plan to travel to the United States for business or pleasure.
- Not be inadmissible to the USA nor previously denied a U.S. visa
Did you know that the United States operates a Visa Waiver program? This special program allows nationals from participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes without a U.S. visa, for a period of up to 90 days. Temporary stays under the Visa Waiver Program cannot be extended for periods longer than 90 days.
Recently, Israel was given the privilege of participating in this program. That means that starting November 30th Israeli nationals will be able to apply for travel permission to the United States online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTA). Once approved, this travel permission is valid for a period of two years once it has been issued. You cannot travel to the United States until your ESTA has been approved and issued to you.