There are a number of ESTA requirements that applicants must meet to secure an approval of their travel authorization applications. Many of the ESTA requirements are consistent with those introduced by the Visa Waiver Program in 1988. This page is continuously updated to reflect the most recent changes to the rules laid down by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Electronic Chip in Passport
Digital Photograph on Passport
Machine Readable Code on passport
If you do not meet all the above requirements, you will need to apply for a visa. Visit https://usa-visas.com for more information.
If you wish to stay longer then 90 days in the U.S., or, wish to study for college or university credit, gain employment, work as a member of the foreign press, radio, film, journalists, or other information media, or become a permanent U.S. resident, you must apply for the appropriate visa as your travel purpose does not fall under the Visa Waiver Program guidelines. Visit https://usa-visas.com for more information.
If your ESTA application has been refused you will need to apply for a visa if you wish to travel the U.S. Visit https://usa-visas.com for more information.
If you made a mistake on the ESTA application, you will need to send an email to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in order to have the change amended on your ESTA application. Visit CBP for more information:
Foreign nationals with minor traffic offences, yet without an arrest and/or conviction, should first apply for an ESTA in order to travel via the VWP, assuming all other requirements are met.
For foreign nationals with a criminal record, we unfortunately cannot comment on their individual circumstances or eligibility, however, all foreign nationals are recommended to apply for an ESTA before attempting to apply for a visa. Foreign nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries wishing to travel to the United States are not eligible is they meet any of the following criteria:
An ESTA visa waiver is required for tourism, business or transit travel of less than 90 days. Failure to obtain an ESTA can lead to denial of entry at the border and a large fine. It is advised to apply as soon as possible.