5. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL THE ESTA ONLINE APPLICATION?
If you have all of the documents in place it should not take longer than 30 minutes to fill the online application form for ESTA.
After that, the approval process takes 72 hours.
The application requires to provide information about you, your work, criminal background and travel plans. You will also have to provide information from your passport.
6. WHAT ARE THE PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS FOR ESTA?
The most important thing to remember is your passport validity.
When traveling with ESTA, your passport shall be valid at least until the moment of the planed returning day.
At the moment of your passport expiring, your ESTA’s validity will also expire and you will have to apply for a new ESTA after obtaining a new passport.
For all of the Visa Waiver Program countries, additional requirements for passports are:
- The passport shall be an electronic passport. This means that the passport includes a digital chip, that holds biometric information about the person to which this passport belongs to;
- The biographic page of the passport shall contain a machine readable zone;
For some Visa Waiver Program countries more additional requirements have been set.
7. WHAT TO DO IF MY ESTA IS REJECTED?
There are many reasons for your ESTA application to be rejected. These include passport expiration and problems with criminal background.
Depending on what the reason for rejection is you might have to apply again or visit the nearest US embassy for additional information. For example, if your ESTA is rejected because of passport expiration, you should renew your passport and then apply for a new ESTA.
In case your ESTA application has been rejected because of other reasons, such as problems with criminal background or worries about your travel intentions, you might have to apply for a Visa. There is also a chance that no travel authorisation is granted at all.
8. WHAT IS ESTA GROUP APPLICATION?
ESTA group application allows for one person to apply up 50 others for an ESTA and make a single payment.
In this case, a single ID for all applicants will be issued, however that does not mean that all persons included in the group application have to travel together.
This makes application a lot easier for large groups of people like families.