Receive Approved ESTA
Initially applying for an ESTA was free of charge. However, on the 8th of September 2010, the Government of the United States changed its policy, a requirement made by the Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (Sec. 9 of the US Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111-145). Starting on this period, a fee consisting of 2 separate parts was created: a processing fee of $4 plus an authorization fee of $10.
The ESTA cost charged by the US Department of Homeland Security is $14 every time an individual sends an application. The general understanding is this ESTA price will be paid once, however all costs need to be paid every single time an application is submitted, since it is not possible to modify any data once the visa waiver request has been sent. It is very important to fill all mandatory fields correctly and to properly answer to all questions in the required manner. Any mistakes may lead to having to repeat the whole process, a further investigation by the US Government may take place, which will delay the trip or in some cases lead to a rejection.
In case of rejection, the applicant must present a visa request that costs approximately $190.
In order to avoid delays and any possible rejection, many travellers choose to submit their application through online specialized immigration agencies that offer their professional services for an approximate ESTA cost of $70 to $100 (all government fees and mistake correction included). These agencies guarantee an error free application and present the request directly to the US Government on behalf of the traveller.
Beware of agencies whose ESTA cost is lower than $70. They may not be providing a professional service and proper review before the submission.
The application will not be submitted before successfully completing the payment. The most common method of payment is debit or credit card, such as Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
If the applicant experiences any problems during the application or payment process, he/she can send a notification message indicating their first and last names, email and passport number through an online form that can be found at this link in order to recover the application.