How long is an ESTA valid for?

The ESTA validity period is 2 consecutive years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. Holders of passports that are due to expire in the following 2 years will receive their ESTA with a validity period that coincides with the passport expiration date.

During the period of ESTA validity, its holders may make multiple trips to the United States. There is no need to make another ESTA application between trips during the 2 years after first receiving the travel authorization. Each separate visit to the US can last up to 90 days.

When Does an ESTA Become Invalid?

Those who overstay their ESTA may not be allowed back in the United States on the same travel authorization. Additionally, an overstay might lead to future visa/permit application complications.
An ESTA will become invalid if the applicant has:

  • Changed any of his/her names
  • Received a new passport
  • Changed his/her gender
  • A new country of citizenship

In any of those situations, a new ESTA application will be required in order to enter the United States. However, if the application was made through this website, you will not need to make a new application. Instead, please contact us and one of our immigration specialists will assist you with your case.

Note that if your ESTA expires while you are in the United States, this will not affect your departure in any way, as long as it meets the requirements mentioned above.
Travelers who are unsure if their ESTA is still valid can check the status of the travel authorization.

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