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Reasons why an ESTA application gets denied

Published on: Feb 09, 2015, Last Edited: Jan 14, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Denied, ESTA Travel Not Authorized

Getting denied on your ESTA application can be a big let down. However, don't get too discouraged as you can still apply for a B1 Business Visa, B2 Tourist Visa or a mix B1/B2 Visitor Visa. So why does an ESTA application get denied? There are a few common reasons why an ESTA gets denied, or "Travel not Authorized" as they officially call it at the US Customs and Border Patrol. These denial reasons…

Denied for a US Visa

Published on: Feb 04, 2015, Last Edited: Feb 04, 2015 | Tags: Denied for US Visa

Has your US visa application been recently denied? While the vast majority of visa applications are approved, there are cases where visa case officers don't have enough information or there exist circumstances that make an applicant ineligible. Checkout this video to find out more information about why visa rejections happen and what you can do next in the event you are rejected for US visa…

Getting a US Visa with a Criminal Record

Published on: Jan 23, 2015, Last Edited: Mar 01, 2017 | Tags: Visa with Criminal Record, ESTA

Want to get a USA Visa but have a criminal record? If you’ve got a criminal record, in addition to completing your DS-160 application form you'll need to complete the VCU-1 Form as specified in the links below:

Fixing a mistake on your ESTA Application

Published on: Jan 19, 2015, Last Edited: | Tags: Mistake on ESTA, ESTA

The ESTA, or visa waiver, application may seem like a simple application, yet it is quite common to make a mistake. The most common mistakes are incorrect birthdate, passport expiry/issuance dates or passport number. If you find you've made a mistake on your ESTA application, here's what to do (checkout the video for a brief summary):

Scheduling your US Embassy Appointment

Published on: Jan 18, 2015, Last Edited: Jan 18, 2015 | Tags: USA Embassy Appointment

There are a number websites in existence that offer appointment scheduling with a given US embassy, however you need to make sure you schedule your appointment at the right website for the US embassy location nearest to you. It can be confusing to determine which of the many US government run websites is the right one to schedule your embassy appointment, (or embassy interview as others may interchangeably…

Tips for your USA Visa Embassy Appointment

Published on: Jan 13, 2015, Last Edited: Jan 13, 2015 | Tags: USA Visa, USA Embassy Appointment, USA Visa Application

Preparing for your embassy appointment can be a daunting task. You may have difficulty gathering the right documentation, or even understanding what needs to be brought along with you. You may also be unsure of how to conduct yourself, what to wear or what types of questions you'll be asked. Hopefully, with our list of USA embassy appointment tips, you'll be better prepared to handle your interview…

Requirements for a USA Visa or Visa Waiver (ESTA)

Published on: Jan 11, 2015, Last Edited: Jan 13, 2015 | Tags: ESTA, USA Visa, USA Visa Requirements

The recent changes to the USA Visa Waiver (ESTA) program highlight the US Customs and Border Patrol's growing concern of strengthening border security by preventing individuals who are deemed a security risk from entering the USA. Your ability to obtain a USA visa or ESTA, comes down to your applicant profile and ability to fulfil a number of requirements.

Do I need to apply for an ESTA if crossing the Canada border?

Published on: Nov 20, 2014, Last Edited: Feb 07, 2019

If you fly to the United States and you are eligible to apply for an ESTA, this is often the best option. However, if you are crossing the border from Canada or Mexico, you will not require an ESTA visa. The ESTA is only required if you arrive by air or cruise ship.



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