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United States COVID-19 border controls set to be extended indefinitely

Published on: May 19, 2020, Last Edited: May 19, 2020 | Tags: COVID-19, Border Security, USA Immigration

The Trump Administration has indicated it is planning to extend new US border controls related to COVID-19 for an indefinite period. Critics have accused the president of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to tighten US immigration laws further and it is believed that he now intends to extend a ban on migrants until the health officials deem the public health crisis to be over. White House…

Potential Improvements for the ESTA

Published on: May 07, 2020, Last Edited: May 08, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Improvements, ESTA Application, ESTA Processing

The ESTA has been around for over a decade. During this period, the system has undergone a number of changes which have enhanced its security, usability and accessibility. Notably, there have been recent changes to the layout of the form. For example, it underwent a redesign to a be mobile responsive website, with additional security related questions. However, some changes have not been…

Data accuracy considerations when applying for an ESTA

Published on: Apr 23, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: Mistake on ESTA, ESTA Application

Introduction Travelers are gaining more awareness regarding online data collection practices of airlines, hotels, governments and other entities involved in providing travel related services. Many travelers now book hotels and other services using pseudo-names, aliases and other intentionally inaccurate data to gain a greater sense of privacy over their own personal information. However,…

USCIS visa extensions and COVID-19 impacts on H1-B visa holders

Published on: Apr 17, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: USA Visa Restrictions, USA Immigration, H1B US Visa, COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect international travel, it's essential to keep informed about the latest changes to US ESTA, visa and immigration rules. As well as travel from many countries being restricted or suspended, the US has closed its borders with Canada and Mexico to all but essential travel. The economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown is also having a severe impact on…

How coronavirus is impacting US Immigration

Published on: Apr 06, 2020, Last Edited: Apr 23, 2020 | Tags: USA Immigration, Border Security, COVID-19

Introduction With the coronavirus pandemic affecting many countries, it’s more essential than ever to keep an eye on the latest developments regarding USA immigration rules, visas, and ESTA. In an update on March 30, USCIS announced that because of the temporary closure of Application Support Centers, biometrics previously submitted will be reused to validate the application for…

Passport eligibility questions and answers on the ESTA application

Published on: Mar 23, 2020, Last Edited: Mar 23, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Passport, ESTA Requirements

Introduction If you are a citizen of a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program, you are eligible to apply for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA online. Whether you are visiting in transit or for business or leisure, a vacation, completing the ESTA application online avoids the need to apply for a visa…

Travel Restrictions from Europe to the United States

Published on: Mar 12, 2020, Last Edited: May 07, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Requirements, Travel Restrictions, Border Security, COVID-19

Trump Administration Travel Restrictions for visitors who have recently been in Schengen Countries On March 11th 2020, in response to the growing number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the United States, the Trump Administration has announced new travel restrictions. Starting at 11:59PM on Friday, March 13th 2020 Eastern Standard Time, travelers who have visited…

How will the social media information on my ESTA application be used by CBP?

Published on: Mar 09, 2020, Last Edited: Mar 23, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Data Privacy, ESTA Form

Introduction There are several questions on the ESTA application form that are optional. One of these questions is regarding social media account information. This question provides Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with a point of reference when checking applicant information matches an alternative…

Restrictions for Travelers entering the U.S. from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea

Published on: Mar 05, 2020, Last Edited: Sep 07, 2020 | Tags: Border Security, ESTA, COVID-19

Introduction In an attempt to control the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), the United States is introducing restrictions on travel for foreign nationals coming from China and Iran as well as introduced travel advisories for Italy and South Korea. Individuals with an approved ESTA or U.S. visa are considered to be foreign nationals, and are subject to the restrictions below: Foreign…

Why does the ESTA Application require Employer Information?

Published on: Feb 25, 2020, Last Edited: May 27, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Employment Information

Introduction Employment information is used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to help determine if ESTA applicants are intending to illegally enter the United States to become economic migrants. The specific section related to this law is in the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act Section 214b. ESTA applicants are required to provide employment information as evidence of having substantial…

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