There are several styles of MRP issued
over the past years, thus you must ensure yours is
of a valid type:
Applying for a US Visa is a lengthy process, can take several weeks and may require a visit to the US Embassy in London. Therefore it is strongly recommended that all UK nationals who hold a non-machine readable passport should obtain a MRP before their next visit to the USA.
A MRP has the holders personal details, e.g. name, date of
birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at
the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON ELIGIBILITY FOR V.W.P.
You must make yourself aware of any possible restrictions that would stop you entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Programme - please use the following link for more details and to determine whether you need to apply for a Visa through the US Embassy:
QUALIFICATIONS FOR VISA FREE TRAVEL
There is also now a handy Visa Waiver Wizard to help you
determine whether you are eligible to use VWP or not:
More information can be found elsewhere on the USA Department of Homeland Security
Electronic System for Travel Authorisation
This system requires all
passenger details to be entered into an on-line system
before arriving at the airport and leaving the UK,
and if accepted will generate travel authorisations for
each passenger. Application requirements became
stricter during 2014 and 2015.
If your registration is successful, it will be
valid for multiple applications for two years or until the
date on which your passport expires, which ever comes
More about ESTA:
BEWARE OF THIRD
PARTIES APPLYING FOR YOUR ESTA ON YOUR BEHALF - YOU WILL
BE SHARING PERSONAL INFORMATION AND THEY MAY CHARGE YOU
FOR THEIR "SERVICE". AN ESTA CURRENTLY COSTS $14 DIRECT
WITH THE US CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION WEBSITE
Note: Green I-94W forms
will still be required at land points of entry
into the USA until further
Please visit the UK Passport Office website, by clicking on the logo to the right, for more details on this subject and information on how to apply for or renew an existing passport.
Last Updated: Monday 22nd December 2015