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ESTA Visa Questions and FAQ

This ESTA Questions page is created with the aim of providing additional information about the most frequently asked questions, regarding ESTA applications. Go through the selected list of ESTA FAQ below to find all the necessary information, related to ESTA travels to the U.S under the Visa Waiver Program:

ESTA Application Proccess

Find out everything you need to know about the ESTA application process. This includes information about how to fix mistakes on submitted applications, questions about eligibility and being denied an ESTA, as well as clarification regarding deadlines.

Will my ESTA be denied if I leave a mandatory field blank? I’ve already submitted my application for a Travel Authorization, but I made a mistake. How can I fix it? What can make my ESTA application ineligible? When should I make the ESTA application?

ESTA Information

Learn the answers to some of your most frequent ESTA questions, including information about what an ESTA actually is, how to apply for an ESTA with a new passport, and whether American citizens need an ESTA. Also, learn about the Visa Waiver Program, eligibility issues, and other ESTA advantages.

Do I have to apply for a new ESTA if I have a new passport? Can I leave the airport with an in transit ESTA? Do I need an ESTA if i am a US citizen? What is ESTA? Who needs to Apply for ESTA? What is the Visa Waiver Program? Is my personal data being protected? How long is an ESTA valid for? Can I apply for ESTA if I have been previously denied a visa? Can I make a new ESTA application if my first one was denied? Can I apply for ESTA without having made specific travel plans to the US? Am I guaranteed to enter in the US if I have been granted an ESTA? Can I make an application on behalf of a close family member? If I am from an eligible country and travel with my family, do all of us need to apply for an ESTA? What advantages does the ESTA provide?

ESTA Status

Read about ESTA application statuses and what they mean. This includes information as to what a pending application means, and how to know if your authorized ESTA is still valid before you board your plane.

Why is my ESTA application pending? Is my ESTA still valid?

Other USA Visas

Have other USA visa-related questions? Find out if you need an ESTA with a B1 or B2 visa and if the Visa Waiver Program affects you. Also, learn the difference between an ESTA and a  traditional visa and whether or not you’ll need an I-94W form.  

I am a holder of a valid B1/B2 visa. Do I need to apply for ESTA? Can I still apply for the ESTA if I am not a citizen from a country part of the Visa Waiver Program? Am I still required to complete the Green Form I-94W if I have an ESTA? What is the difference between ESTA and Visa?