Find Out If You Need A Visa

visaAre you travelling to Australia? As of January 12, 2009 America’s new ESTA program requires Visa Waiver Program visitors coming to the U.S. for tourist or business purposes via a plane or ship to “register” online before entering the United States to see if they pose a law enforcement or security risk to the U.S. ESTA is not required for land crossings.

Working rights are limited to incidental employment of up to 6 months per employer to supplement your stay, which means that these are only really beneficial to backpackers and travelers, not people looking to establish themselves in the country on a long term basis.visa

Countries requiring passports with a validity of at least 3 months beyond the date of intended departure include Azerbaijan , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Montenegro , Nauru , Moldova , and New Zealand Similarly, the EEA countries of Iceland , Liechtenstein , Norway , all European Union countries (except the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom) together with Switzerland also require 3 months validity beyond the date of the bearer’s intended departure unless the bearer is an EEA or Swiss national.

Thai Residents reports that nationals of Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu are all exempt from paying the 2,000 baht fee for visas-on-arrival for visits of less than 15 days’ duration.

Withdrawal is subject to the discretion of the Attorney General however, “an alien applying for admission may, in the discretion of the Attorney General and at any time, be permitted to withdraw the application for admission and depart immediately from the United States.” INA § 235(a)(4).