A visa can be a lucrative investment for Australian travellers who have never visited the US before.
But if you don’t have a US Visa or have one issued under a different name, the visa is not valid.
“They can’t issue a visa if they don’t know the name of the country you’re from,” said David Anderson, who has been living in Australia for seven years.
“So if you’ve got no US Visa, they can’t apply for a visa to come here.”
Mr Anderson said he had no idea why he was being denied entry to the US.
“I thought, I’m being deported, so I was not going to say anything to the Border Force, I was just going to walk out of the building,” he said.
“It’s quite a long way from here to here.”
If you’re on a travel visa or have been issued a visa under another name, you can apply for the visa under the “Citizenship” section of the US visa application form.
The visa can cost as little as $1.25 and can be extended for up to three years, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
You can apply online to get your visa or mail in a completed application form to the embassy of your choice in the US, but you will need to return it within six months to avoid any delay in processing.
Mr Anderson and his girlfriend, who is from New Zealand, said they applied for their visa in June, but were rejected.
“There was a big gap in the application, so they just didn’t have anything,” he explained.
“We had to send in a bunch of documents.
There was no way we could have got it processed in six months, so it was just a bit of a big shock.”
Mr Jones said he would apply again in July.
“When you’re going through that process, you want to apply in stages,” he told the ABC.
“If we applied in June it would have taken us five months to get our visa.”
Mr Evans said he and his partner, who was born in the UK, would not be able to apply again until July.
A visa for the UK is issued through the UK Border Agency and is valid for up 3½ years.
If you are from outside the US and have a valid US visa, the embassy will notify you if it has issued a US travel visa.
However, if you are a non-resident, you will not be allowed to visit the US for a maximum of 12 months.
Mr Evans and his wife will apply again on July 1.