What if I forgot my application number? The application number is contained in the confirmation e-mail sent after checking the e-mail address. To get the individual application, go to the ESTA home page, select "Check ESTA Status" in the navigation menu and click "Check individual Status". If you do not know your application number, enter your passport number, country of citizenship, date of passport issuance, passport expiration date, and date of birth. NOTE: The information entered for the application must match exactly the information entered in the ESTA application. Any discrepancy between the information entered to retrieve the application and the [...]
What do I do if my travel authorization was denied and I need to travel immediately? Unfortunately, the Department of State cannot guarantee next-day appointments due to changing demand for visas. Information on the appointment process can be obtained from the nearest consular office or on the Department of State's website. Therefore, travelers are advised to apply for an ESTA permit well in advance of their intended trip.
If approved, does my travel authorization guarantee me admission to the United States? If your electronic travel authorization is approved, this approval establishes that you are eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, but does not guarantee that you are admitted to the United States. Upon arrival in the United States, you will be screened by a Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry, who may determine that you are inadmissible under the Visa Waiver Program or for any reason under U.S. law.
How many days will my partially completed Individual application be retained? If the application is not completed and submitted within 7 days, your application will be deleted.
How long is my ESTA valid for? If not revoked, your travel authorization is valid for two years from the date of issue or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. The Permit Approved screen shows the expiration date of your travel authorization. Your ESTA authorization is normally valid for multiple trips for two years (starting from the date of authorization) or until your passport expires, whichever comes first*. This means that as long as you received your ESTA travel authorization, you do not need to reapply during the validity period. If your ESTA expires while you are in the United [...]
How do I renew my ESTA? If your ESTA has expired, you must submit a new application at https://estatousa.com/ Existing authorizations cannot be renewed. You do not have to wait until your ESTA expires to file a new application. You can do this at any time. If you get the message, "A valid, approved application was found for this passport with more than 30 days left to expire. Filing this application will require payment of this application, after which the existing application will be cancelled.", you will simply proceed with filing a new application. Your previous ESTA will be cancelled and [...]
How do I check my ESTA status? You can check the status of your ESTA as described below: Individual Application: To check your ESTA status, go to the ESTA home page, select "Check ESTA Status," and then click "Check Individual Status. You will need to enter either your passport number, date of birth and application number or your country of citizenship, passport issue date and passport expiration date. Group Application: To check your ESTA group status, go to the ESTA home page, select "Check ESTA Status," and then click "Check Group Status. You will need to enter the group ID, last [...]
Can I reapply if my application was denied? If a traveler is denied ESTA and his or her circumstances have not changed, a new application will also be denied. A traveler who is ineligible for ESTA is not eligible to travel under the visa-free program and must apply for a non-immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Repeated application with false information in order to obtain a travel authorization will make the traveler permanently ineligible to travel to the United States under the visa-free program.
Can I find out the reason my application was denied? DHS has carefully designed the ESTA program to ensure that travel authorization is denied only to those individuals who are ineligible for entry into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program or those whose travel would pose a threat to law enforcement or security. Although the ESTA website has a link to the DHS Travel Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP) website, there is no guarantee that a request for redress through DHS TRIP will resolve the ineligibility under the Visa Waiver Program that caused the applicant to be denied the ESTA [...]
Why do I need to fill out an ESTA application? The 9/11 Commission Implementation Act of 2007 (9/11 Act) amended Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement electronic travel authorization and other measures to improve the security of the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA adds another layer of security that allows DHS to determine in advance of travel whether an individual is eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program and whether such travel poses a risk to law enforcement or security.