If you will be departing for the United States soon, and you are not from Canada, you will need to get approval to come in. You have a couple of options. You can apply for a visa which is a time-consuming process. The other option is to apply through the Visa Waiver Program. Within that program is something called the USA ESTA program which is much faster. Approval times can be just a few minutes. Even better, this approval will be attached to your passport digitally. You will not need to have your passport stamped or bring additional documentation.
How Do You Get This Done?
Accomplishing this is very easy to do. You simply login to the Department of Homeland Security website. You will go to the section where the Electronic System for Travel Authorization Form is. It is a digital form that you will fill out in real time. This digital document takes about 30 minutes at most. As long as you have your passport handy, and a credit card to make a $14 payment, you can be done literally in minutes. Subsequent to that, if all goes well, your approval will go through.
When Should You Get This Done?
Although it can be a very simple process, if there are any complications at all, you will want to get this done as quickly as possible. This means that you should apply at least a few weeks before you are planning to depart. Once the form has been submitted, if there are problems, you will have a couple of weeks to provide everything. After that is done, you can look forward to traveling into the United States using your USA ESTA that will be legitimized digitally on your passport. This is a much better strategy to use, especially for a short visit, instead of going through the process of getting a visa.