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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions will answer your inquiries and questions regarding to ESTA electronic visa.
Q What is ESTA?
A To reinforce safety of travel to America through Visa Waiver Program, conditions for travel without visa have intensified since January 2009. People in the nation joined in Visa Waiver Program can travel America without visa, but they have to obtain ESTA before entering America.
Q What is the Visa Waiver Program?
A The Visa Waiver Program allows foreign nationals from certain countries to travel to the United States for business or pleasure, for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Travelers admitted under the Visa Waiver Program must agree to waive their rights to review or appeal, as explained in the Prior consent section of the Application screen.
Q Who is required to have a travel authorization?
A All passengers traveling under the Visa Waiver Program are required to have an approved travel authorization prior to traveling to the United States by air or sea. Even non-ticketed infants are required to have an approved travel authorization, if they do not have a visa for travel to the United States. An application may be submitted by a third party on behalf of a Visa Waiver Program traveler.
Q When do I need to apply for a travel authorization?
A Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the United States. The Department of Homeland Security recommends that travel authorization applications be submitted at least 72 hours prior to travel. Unless revoked, travel authorizations are valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.
Q Does a travel authorization guarantee me admission to the United States?
A If your electronic travel authorization is approved, this approval establishes that you are eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, but does not guarantee that you are admissible to the United States. Upon arrival in the United States you will be inspected by a Customs and Border Protection officer at a port of entry who may determine that you are inadmissible under the Visa Waiver Program or for any reason under United States law.
Q What if a Visa Waiver Program applicant is found to be inadmissible?
A Travelers applying for admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program who are determined to be inadmissible to the United States will be denied admission and returned to their country of origin, or a third country from which the traveler holds a round-trip ticket, aboard the carrier on which the traveler arrived in the United States.
Q Do travelers need to bring a paper printout of their travel authorization to the airport?
A No. DHS will be able to communicate a traveler's ESTA status to the carriers. However, DHS recommends that travelers print out the travel authorization application response in order to maintain a record of their traveler authorization application number and to have confirmation of their ESTA status.
Q Does a traveler ever need to reapply for a travel authorization through ESTA?
A Yes, there may be instances when a new travel authorization via ESTA would be required. A new travel authorization may be required in any of the following circumstances:
- The traveler is issued a new passport
- The traveler changes his or her name
- The traveler changes his or her gender
- The traveler's country of citizenship changes
- The circumstances underlying the traveler's previous responses to any of the ESTA application questions requiring a "yes" or "no" response have changed
Q My travel authorization is valid for travel to the United States but will expire before I depart the US. Do I need to apply for a new one before my trip?
A No. ESTA travel authorization needs only to be valid upon arrival in the United States.
Q What information can I update?
A Prior to submitting an electronic travel authorization application with the required payment information, you can update all application data fields except the passport number and passport issuing country. Once an application is complete and submitted with all the required payment information, you can still update any one of the following fields: •E-mail address •Address in the U.S.
Q How can applicants correct a mistake on their application?
A The Web site will allow applicants to review and correct their data prior to submitting the application, including reconfirming the passport number. Prior to submitting an application with the required payment information, you can correct all application data fields except the passport number and passport issuing country. If an applicant made a mistake on their passport or biographical information he or she will need to submit a new application. The associated fee will be charged for each new application submitted. Any other mistakes may be corrected or updated by using the update function.
Q What should a traveler do if he or she is not approved for travel through ESTA?
A If you receive a Travel Not Authorized response to your travel authorization application, but wish to continue with your travel plans, please visit the United States Department of State Web site at www.travel.state.gov for additional information about applying for a visa. The denial of a travel authorization only prohibits travel under the Visa Waiver Program and is not a determination of eligibility for a visa to travel to the United States. In the event you are not approved for a travel authorization, no court shall have jurisdiction to review an eligibility determination under ESTA.
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