When applying for the ESTA it is of extreme importance that you complete your form as accurately and as honestly as you possibly can. If you fail to do so you may find your application denied.
To help you, we have compiled a comprehensive list of the most common mistakes made when applying for the ESTA visa.
To avoid having your entry to the USA denied you must carefully and truthfully complete your ESTA application and must always revise it before its submission.
Some of the most ESTA common mistakes include wrongful passport information, incorrect answers to the eligibility questions or if you previously overstayed on a visa.
You must have a biometric and current passport. If you are not sure your passport is biometric or to learn more about it please read this article about biometric passports. It is of extreme importance that the expiry date of your passport does not exceed the duration of your stay.
If the passport used on your ESTA is stolen or lost and you report this you will need to submit a new application even if you later retrieve it.
Your ESTA may be rejected if you fail to understand and truthfully answer the eligibility questions. Please note that committing fraud on your ESTA application is considered a serious offense and you can face a permanent ban should you board a plane or try to enter the USA based on misleading information.
In case you have doubts about how to truthfully answer any of the eligibility questions do not hesitate to contact us with your queries.
If you previously overstayed on a visa, your ESTA will be declined even if this happened a long time ago. Once you receive your ESTA you should always revise it to make sure all the information is truthful and accurate. If this is not the case, and for example your passport or biometric information is incorrect, the only way to rectify this is by reapplying.
A new ESTA application will void any existing ones.
If your ESTA application is declined, this does not mean you will not be able to travel to the US.
If this is your case you must apply for a nonimmigrant visa at the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the United States of America.