Published on: Feb 09, 2015, Last Edited: Jan 14, 2019
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 are most likely due to the following reasons:
NOTE: If you made a mistake on your ESTA application, you probably want to read this article and watch the video as well: https://www.official-esta.com/blog/fixing-a-mistake-on-your-esta-application/
It is important to note that your eligibility alone does not grant you admission to travel to the US under the visa program, nor grant you entry into the United States. Due to past criminal or immigration history on your record, you may not permitted to travel under the visa waiver program and under no other circumstances will this change. The government system performs many cross checks across numerous databases to ensure applicants are screened properly. For one reason or another, yours has been declined. Unfortunately, the US Department of Homeland Security does not provide reasons for ESTA application denials nor are they obliged to.
If you have been denied an ESTA, you may be eligible 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 https://usa-visas.com/