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CBP proposes additional data and image capturing on ESTA application forms

Published on: May 31, 2022, Last Edited: May 31, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Requirements, ESTA Form

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed a number of changes to enhancing the security screening procedures of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), which is used for issuing travel authorizations for eligible visitors of the Visa Waiver Program. How does CBP typically propose changes for the ESTA? Typically,…

Travelers entering the U.S. by land will soon need an ESTA

Published on: Apr 11, 2022, Last Edited: Apr 11, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Application Pending, Border Security, ESTA Requirements

On April 7th 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revised the requirements for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers entering the United States by land. When will ESTA be required for Visa Waiver Program travelers entering by land? Starting October 1st 2022, all travelers entering the United States by air, sea and now land, will need…

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,…

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…

What is the experience of traveling on an ESTA?

Published on: Dec 06, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Experience, ESTA Application

Introduction The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) provides travelers with the option to travel visa-free to the United States using a streamlined and automated process. An ESTA can be used by travelers arriving to America by air or by sea. It permits stays of up to 90 days and is issued for a period of two years, or the date of passport expiry. An alternative form of travel…

Should I apply for an ESTA before booking my itinerary?

Published on: Sep 30, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Questions

Introduction Visa waiver eligible U.S. bound travelers can apply for an ESTA before booking transport or hotel accommodation. Exact travel dates and accommodation details are not required at the time of submitting an application, although providing such information may aid in the processing of a traveler’s application. …

Can an ESTA be used for multiple entries to the United States?

Published on: Aug 28, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: Multiple Entry ESTA, ESTA Rules, ESTA Application

Introduction An ESTA can be used for multiple entries into the United States. However, approved ESTA applicants should be aware that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has the right to deny any traveler admission at the U.S. border. Thus, if the CBP officer is led to believe that an ESTA applicant is abusing the conditions of the Visa Waiver Program,…

ESTA for a family or group of travelers

Published on: Jun 28, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: Family ESTA, Group ESTA Applications

Introduction If you are needing an ESTA for a family or a group of travelers, then you can apply as a group of applications. To apply for a family or group ESTA, all U.S. bound travelers in the group must hold a passport from a visa waiver eligible country.

What is an ESTA Application Number?

Published on: Apr 23, 2019, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: ESTA Application Number, ESTA Submission

Introduction An ESTA application number is generated once an application is submitted to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The application number is a unique identifier used by CBP to identify traveler profiles. The ESTA application number is an alphanumeric string of 16 characters. The sequence of characters is random and does not represent any attributes of an applicant. The application…

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