ESTA Visa Waiver Travel Not Authorized

Published on: Sep 14, 2015, Last Edited: Mar 01, 2017 | Tags: ESTA, Visa Waiver Program, ESTA Denied, ESTA Travel Not Authorized

Approval for travel through ESTA was denied, what should I do from here on?

If you still wish to travel even though your application was denied, then you will need to apply for a non-immigrant’s visa. You can visit for more information on how to go about applying for the appropriate visa. Luckily, in this situation, a denial of a travel visa through ESTA does not automatically revoke your eligibility for a further visa application with an embassy or consulate. If your application is not approved, the matter cannot be brought before a court in order to reconsider the application that was originally denied by ESTA.

Is it possible for a traveller to re-apply through ESTA if he or she has not been given authorization?

If your application has been denied, it’s highly unlikely that it will be approved the second time around if your circumstance have not changed since the date of the first application. Travellers who have not qualified for ESTA are not qualified to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, thus they will have to apply for a non-immigrant’s visa at their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

It is vital to note that re-applying with different or fake information in a bid to meet the requirements for a travel authorization will permanently disqualify the traveller for approval to go to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program.

 My travel authorization was denied and I’d like to find out why? How can I go about doing this?

You can make a request for redress online at the DHS Travel Redress Inquiry program website. However, because the ESTA program has been shaped in such a way so that only individuals who are not qualified to travel under the VWP, or whose travel to the U.S. would be a security risk, aren’t issued a travel authorization, there are simply no guarantees that you request will be successful.

Embassies and Consulates cannot give you any information, nor resolve issues regarding your travel authorization denial.

Is it possible to get an emergency visa appointment at a US Embassy or consulate in the event that the traveller’s application for travel authorization was denied, but the traveller needs to travel immediately?

The availability of next-day appointments simply cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, it’s imperative to apply for an ESTA approval well ahead of time. The suggested minimum is 72 hours before travel departure, however, to be on the safe side, do apply long before that. You can get more information about the visa appointment process at your nearest consular, or at

What should I do if my group is locked and I cannot use the Group ID to access my application?

You can navigate to the Retrieve Application Page where you’ll find a button for retrieving one application. You can use this option to access any individual application even when the group is locked.

If you have been denied an ESTA, you may be eligibile to apply for a B2 or B1 visa to visit the United States for tourism, business, medical or transit purposes. For more visa information or to start your application visit





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