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What is an ESTA Application Number?

Published on: Apr 23, 2019, Last Edited: May 09, 2019 | 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…

Considerations when traveling to the US on an ESTA

Published on: Jul 31, 2018, Last Edited: Jul 31, 2018 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA

Introduction Ever since he started to run for president, Donald Trump has made no secret of the fact that he intended to tighten the USA immigration policy to make it more difficult for people from other countries to live and work and even, in many cases, visit the USA. While certain changes are taking longer to implement than Trump expected, many people who would previously have…

How long does it take for ESTA Approval?

Published on: Jun 18, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Duration, ESTA Application Time, ESTA Form

Introduction An ESTA application is processed instantly online and a majority of applications are approved within a minute of submission. However, there are cases where a decision on an application may be delayed by up to 72 hours. Once an ESTA application is approved,…

When to apply for ESTA

Published on: Jun 04, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Application Time, ESTA Status, ESTA Application Guide

Determining when to apply for ESTA gives applicants a good idea of timing on when to start an ESTA application. If approved, an ESTA is issued for a period of two years or the date of the applicant’s passport expiry, whichever date is sooner. Thus, if an applicant is planning…

Is there a Fast-Track or Emergency ESTA Application?

Published on: May 28, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Fee

Unfortunately, there is no special fast track or emergency ESTA application process regardless of any urgent traveler circumstances. Websites offering fast track or emergency ESTA services are misleading visitors and customers. Although applicants are advised to apply for an…

Is there a Free ESTA?

Published on: May 21, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Fee, ESTA Application

Prior to September 8th 2010, ESTA was free for eligible U.S. visitors. However, currently there is no longer a free ESTA. There is now a fee charged per ESTA application which was brought into effect by the 2009 Travel Promotion Act. The Travel Promotion Act called…

Minimize common ESTA application errors

Published on: May 01, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Form, ESTA Application

ESTA application errors can be costly or worse, they can limit a traveler’s ability to travel to the US by making them not authorized to travel under the visa waiver program. Thus, ESTA applicants should fill out their form with care given the numerous types of errors that…

Electronic Visa for USA

Published on: Apr 03, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: USA Visa, ESTA Application, ESTA Eligibility

The United States does not currently offer foreign nationals electronic visas for USA travel. The only form of ‘electronic authorization’ for travel to the United States is the ESTA. Thus, an electronic visa for travel to the United States does not currently exist given the…

ESTA website problems

Published on: Mar 01, 2018, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Website Down, ESTA Website Problems, ESTA Application

ESTA website problems are rare but can be frustrating for travelers on tight timelines. Website technical issues are inherent to any online system, especially those supporting a high volume of users. Although the ESTA systems maintains a high uptime of over 99%, Customs and…

How to apply for ESTA

Published on: Nov 27, 2017, Last Edited: Mar 18, 2019 | Tags: ESTA Application Guide, ESTA Requirements

Want to learn how to apply for ESTA? To apply for ESTA, applicants should ensure they are prepared by scheduling 15-20 minutes to complete the form, gathering the necessary documents, and allocate time to pre-read and understand the questions. Below we have put together a checklist…

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