Will my ESTA USA be denied if I leave a mandatory field blank?

All mandatory fields of the ESTA application must be completed.

Although U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have not explicitly stated that leaving a mandatory field blank will result in denial, it is a highly probable consequence, since omitting any of the mandatory fields will render your ESTA application invalid.

Furthermore, such an action may require manual adjudication, which will result in slowing down the application process.

The most common ESTA denial reasons are as follows:

  • The ESTA application contained errors or inconsistencies in the information provided by the applicant.
  • The traveler previously overstayed the maximum period permitted per single trip, which is 90 consecutive days.
  • The details of a passport previously reported lost or stolen were entered in the ESTA application.
  • The traveler was previously denied a visa application or entry to the US.
  • The applicant engaged in unauthorized activity, such as work, on a previous visit to the United States.

Note: Should an ESTA application be denied, the traveler may still be able to travel to the US by applying for a nonimmigrant travel visa, class B1 or B2. However, this is a longer process, which involves going to a US embassy and may take weeks or even months to be approved.

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