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How to apply for ESTA

Updated: Jan 21, 2024 | 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 of how to apply for ESTA. Visit the FAQ to learn more or start your application now. Apply for ESTA Time Allow at…

ESTA approved and then denied

Updated: Nov 01, 2022 | Tags: ESTA Application, ESTA Status

Introduction Having an ESTA approved and then subsequently denied is an unfortunate yet frequent outcome for many Visa Waiver Program visitors of the United States. Countless numbers of holidays and business trips have been ruined because ESTA applicants had failed to confirm the status of their ESTA approval prior to traveling by air, land or sea to the United States. U.S. bound travelers who are…

Visa for Chicago, Illinois USA

Updated: Aug 24, 2023 | Tags: ESTA, USA Visa

Introduction Chicago, the Windy City, stands as a testament to American ingenuity and resilience. Known for its impressive skyline, rich cultural history, and gastronomic delights (deep-dish pizza, anyone?), Chicago is a top destination for both international and domestic tourists. But before you can dive into all that this great American city has to offer, there's some essential paperwork to sort…

What are the ESTA Eligibility Questions?

Updated: Aug 23, 2023 | Tags: ESTA Eligibility, ESTA Questions, ESTA Application

The nine ESTA eligibility questions are intended to help the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to determine the admissibility of an applicant into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. Each of these questions is highly important as an applicant’s answer on aspects such as personal health, criminal history, drug history, terrorism-related activities, U.S. employment aspirations, U.S.…

Visa for San Francisco, California USA

Updated: Aug 24, 2023 | Tags: ESTA, USA Visa

San Francisco, fondly known as the "City by the Bay," is one of the most picturesque cities in the United States. Famed for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, historic cable cars, vibrant cultural scenes, and diverse cuisine, the city is a must-visit destination for travelers. However, before you can dive into exploring San Francisco, you'll need to sort out your travel documentation. Depending on your…

Trump Administration attempts to extend travel ban to other countries

Updated: Sep 27, 2017 | Tags: USA Immigration, USA Visa, ESTA

The Trump administration's widely criticised 'Muslim ban' on nationals and dual passport holders from five (previously seven) Muslim majority countries is potentially being extended. Now, it will include nationals from Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela, and as a result this piece of USA immigration and ESTA news is likely to have a highly negative effect both on the USA's relationships with these three…

What are the ESTA Questions?

Updated: Aug 23, 2023 | Tags: ESTA Application Guide, ESTA Form, ESTA Application, ESTA Questions

The ESTA application form is managed and administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of the form is to gather a substantial amount of information so that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can cross check an applicant’s details across numerous international terrorism, no-fly and criminal databases. However, DHS and CBP are considerate of the time applicants need to…

Visa for Key West, Florida USA

Updated: Aug 25, 2023 | Tags: USA Visa, ESTA

Key West, the southernmost point in the United States, is a sun-soaked paradise known for its tropical climate, rich history, and vibrant culture. Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, this island city is a tourist hotspot that promises a unique blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and a laid-back lifestyle. But before you get swept away by the charm of the “Conch Republic,” you'll need…

Can I renew my ESTA?

Updated: Oct 15, 2022 | Tags: ESTA, ESTA Renewal, ESTA Expiry

If you are wondering how to renew an ESTA application, U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not currently allow ESTA application renewals through the Visa Waiver Program. Thus, if you have checked your ESTA application status and the status is either “application expired” or “application not found”, you will need to submit a new ESTA application. Similarly, if you have recently obtained a new passport,…

Sanctuary Cities Are Once More Making USA Visa News

Updated: Aug 03, 2017 | Tags: USA Visa Requirements, USA Visa, ESTA

A recent piece of ESTA and USA immigration news relates to sanctuary cities. On July 26th, it was announced that sanctuary cities would need to meet tougher conditions in order to receive their grant money. There have been widespread protests stemming from this new development in the USA immigration system. Protesters argue that it will make the already harsh USA immigration rules surrounding undocumented…