Abisola Fikayomi

Fikayomi Abisola


Abisola is an accomplished writer interested in the US travel and immigration niche. She has always been passionate about exploring new places and cultures and is willing to share her experiences and findings with others. This longing passion is her primary drive for specializing in the travel and lifestyles niche.

Abisola has a unique enthusiasm for travels, tours, and tourism and loves to educate travellers about the criteria involved in international travelling. She has vast knowledge and exposure to inter-border requirements, best travelling routes, best practices and tips, and transport booking processes. She keeps up to date with the latest information and trends about different countries and relays this information to her audiences in relatable terms.

Abisola enjoys writing about the ESTA Visa Waiver Program, the US travels and requirements, passports, and travel tips concerning travel and immigration to the US. She is an ESTA Travel and Immigration writer with several years of writing experience in the industry.

When Abisola is not writing, she takes a nap, surfs the internet, watches a movie, or hangs out with friends. She also enjoys watching Nat Geo world, Food Network, historical travel documentaries, listening to travel podcasts, and keeping up to date with the latest trends and news from all over the world.

She loves to talk a lot about travelling and gives travel advice when anyone needs her opinions.

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US to allow Europeans to travel

From November, vaccinated people from the EU will be able to enter the US, with the US administration recently announcing that travellers from 33 countries will be able to travel to the US.

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Travelers from UK Require Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test to Enter US

Following the discovery that a new variant of the coronavirus in the UK, with what seems to have a higher transmission rate, the US CDC authorities have made the decision to request proof that air passengers from the UK have had a negative COVID-19 test result pre-departure. The test requirement was introduced on 27 December and must be completed in the three days before the flight to the US.

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United States’ European Travel Ban Closer to Ending

Today the US opened up more airports for international flights, following the removal of the enhanced screening process that was being carried out at 15 selected airports. Previous to this, international flights were funneled to one of the 15 airports that had been set up for the enhanced screening procedures.

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The US Will No Longer Do International Traveler Covid-19 Screenings

The CDC has just announced that it will stop performing the enhanced screening for international travelers when they arrive in the US. For the last few months, any travelers arriving from what is determined to be a high-risk country would be required to have a screening which included presenting a health declaration.

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Australia to USA: Traveling Tips in the Midst of a Pandemic

Wherever in the world you are, any travel plans must be carefully considered in the current situation of a health pandemic affecting the majority of countries around the world. Whereas a year ago, you might only have needed to worry about getting your passport and other travel documents such as an ESTA for travelling to the US, now it is a very different picture.

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Latest Travel Information for Travelling to US from the UK

For the majority of 2020, travel plans have been put on hold or certain restrictions applied, as part of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the virus first became a worldwide concern after starting in China, countries around the globe have had to react to the rising number of cases by going into lockdown and enforcing international travel restrictions.

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US Immigration Fees Increasing by $500

Fee increases for visas and other changes have been steadily introduced over the last few years under Trump and now the cost of online naturalization applications rocket from $640 to $1,160, rising by $500.

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US Tech Companies Say H1B Visas Are Vital for Economy Recovery

In response to news that the US government is thinking about suspending types of employment visas such as the H-1B, tech giants including Google, IBM and Amazon are calling for the US government to scrap these plans. The tech industry relies heavily on highly skilled immigrants and tech companies say these workers are critical to the recovery of the US economy post COVID-19.

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US Border Restrictions Extended Indefinitely

Since the COVID-19 pandemic first appeared in the US, there has been a great amount of disruption and uncertainty, as the Government seeks to balance the US economy’s best interests whilst also trying to prevent the wider spread of the virus.

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US Announces Extension to Canada and Mexico Travel Restrictions

Following the initial travel restrictions announced between the United States and Canadian and Mexican borders, the US officials have just announced that they will extend the restrictions by a further 30 days due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has been so devastating in the US.

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US Travel Ban for Europe Excluding UK

With the number of coronavirus cases and deaths rising each day in the US, Donald Trump has just announced that all travel from Europe is now banned for 30 days, with the exception of UK and Ireland.

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Australians to Face 3000% Visa Fee Hike for E1 and E2 Visas

As part of the Trump administration’s approach to making immigration policies stricter, there have been several fee increases affecting different types of US visa. Visas that impact non-immigrant workers have been a big focus of these increase and now it has been announced that Australian citizens face an astronomical visa fee increase of 3000%!

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The Huge Impact of the New US Visa Rules in Immigrant Communities

As Trump’s latest travel ban has been brought into effect, immigration communities are growing increasingly concerned about the impact it will have on being reunited with their families. There are many cases where family members of US naturalized citizens were getting close to the position of being able to join their family in the US but the introduction of the travel ban has put their futures on hold.

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All Information about ESTA in 2020

Historically, travelling to the US was much more complicated and required attending the US Embassy for an interview to obtain a US visa. The process was very lengthy, with long forms to complete and could take weeks or even longer to get a visa.

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US to step up ban on 'Birth tourism'

Donald Trump has been busy making lots of changes to the US immigration system over the last few years, in his quest to protect the US with a stricter approach to allowing foreign citizens to enter the US.

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Trump outlines plans to expand travel ban to 7 more countries

US President Donald Trump has announced that he will add seven more countries to his US travel ban during an interview this week with the Wall Street Journal. Trump first introduced the controversial ban in 2017, which banned Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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The criteria for countries being eligible to join the Visa Waiver Program is regularly reviewed and we have seen with the recent addition of Poland into the VWP and the US government is continually working with other countries to help get to a position where they can join.

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72 Hour ESTA Rule Catches Out Travelers to the US

The ESTA system that is available to citizens of the Visa Waiver Program can usually be processed very quickly but there are times when this is not possible. Earlier this year, the US government updated their guidance to state that people traveling to the US should apply at least 72 hours before the departure time.

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Poland Nominated for Visa Waiver Program

There is good news for Polish citizens who want to enjoy an easier process for visiting the US. Currently, any Polish citizen looking to visit the United States must apply for a visa to grant entry permission...

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US Immigration






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How Hard Is It To Get US Citizenship?

Getting US citizenship is not quick and it is not easy. Not everybody is eligible to apply for US citizenship and it can be a very long process to get US citizenship, regardless of how you qualify.

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Retiring to USA from UK

Many UK citizens have dreams to retire in another country, some choosing to retire to warmer areas of Europe and others want to retire further away, such as in the US.

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US Travel Guide


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Is Hawaii Expensive?

Hawaii is every tourist’s dream destination. You can’t help but fall in love with the state’s beautiful coastlines, skylines, mountain ranges, amazing weather, and abundant side attractions.

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Best Hawaii Island to Visit

With a beautiful landscape, an unending view of nature, fantastic sights, towering mountains, inviting beaches, and historical tourist centres, the Hawaiian archipelago is every tourist's dream.

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New York vs Chicago

New York vs Chicago is a widespread comparison, and although they are compared regularly, they cater to the needs of varying demographics of people. New York city's population is the largest in the US and one of the highest in the world.

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Boston vs New York

Both Boston and New York have a lot to offer in terms of opportunity and culture. They are the two largest cities in the northeast, which explains why there is a lot of comparison between these two cities.

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New York Hidden Gems

New York City's rich heritage, design, and culture attract millions of tourists annually. The city is home to breathtaking sceneries, historic landmarks, and iconic monuments like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and many more.

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What Is New York Famous For? Top 17 NY's Amazing Attractions

New York City is a popular destination in the United States and is a dream destination for many. It welcomes upwards of 66 million tourists annually. These tourists visit NYC to experience the numerous skyscrapers, famous landmarks, affluent neighborhoods, and a culturally diverse melting pot.

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What Is Miami Known For? 16 Attractions You'll Fall in Love With

Miami is located in Florida, the most southeastern state in the United States.It is particularly famous for its wonderful beaches. In fact, Miami has 16 great beaches within its borders. Each of them has different vibes and aesthetics. Some are dog-friendly, while others make for great family time.

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London vs New York: What’s the Difference?

London and New York are big cities that attract millions of tourists annually. There are no doubts about their beauty and magnificence. Both cities are unique with their foods and beautiful in their cultures. London, famously known as “The Big Smoke,” is famous for its rich history.

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Orlando vs Miami: Where Should I Live?

There have always been concerns for people moving to Florida if they should live in Orlando or Miami, two of the most popular cities. Each has its strong and weak points, making each ideal for a different set of people.

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New York vs Los Angeles: What Is the Difference?

Statistics show that more than 70 million people visit the United States annually. And New York receives the highest number of tourists, with over 10 million visits, while Los Angeles comes third with over 4 million visitors. These two cities have excellent sites and structures that welcome visitors every time.

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Travel Guide: Miami vs New York City

For most people, when thinking of the next city to live and work or the next vacation spot in the United States, Miami or New York City are two top spots. The reason for this favoritism is not far-fetched: both cities offer the best regardless of how long you choose to stay in the city.

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Living in Miami Pros & Cons

Miami is a much sought-after location both for holidays and to live, work and retire to. From the warm temperatures and stunning beaches to the cultural attractions around the historic district, there are many reasons to move to Miami. Apart from that, wages and salaries grew more than anywhere else in the US during 2021.

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Best Travel Credit Card

When you are planning to travel abroad, you will need to decide your preferred method for paying for hotels, daytrips, eating out and all other expenses while you are on your trip.

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New York Holidays and City Breaks

There are many reasons why so many people dream of taking a New Yorkholiday, from the iconic landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty and The EmpireState Building to the chance to watch a show on Broadway or spend time in Central Park.

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Global Entry: Apply for Faster Entry to the USA

Low-risk individuals who need entrance into the USA frequently can do so through one of the following; Global Entry, SENTRI, TSA PreCheck®, FAST, and NEXUS.The Global Entry Visa program allows eligible applicants to enter the US freely withoutpassing through the border officials.

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Best States to live in the USA

The best state to live in in the USA can be very relative. Asking any random person, the best state to live in would lead to a variety of different answers. They may reply with a city they live in, or one they once lived in, the city with the cleanest streets they have been to, or even their dream state.

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Christmas in New York: Guide, Requirements & Information

Christmas is almost here again, after a long wait. Long wait? Yes. The months felt so slow like there was some conspiracy. Whatever the reason may be, the fact remains that Christmas is around the corner. For places like New York, Christmas is heavenly.

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Best Christmas Vacations in the USA 

Christmas is literally "the most wonderful time of the year". And what would make it even more memorable is a Christmas getaway at a good destination. However, choosing a preferred vacation spot for the yuletide season can be a hassle. There are thousands of vacation spots present all around the world to choose from.

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Vaccination Passport Hawaii Requirements

Hawaii is a dream holiday destination for many people, but it has been off the cards for most travelers since the start of the health pandemic, when the US introduced travel restrictions to try and prevent the infection rates from increasing.

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Vaccination Passport New York Requirements

Since the start of the pandemic, the US banned travellers from high risk countries entering the United States and since then, have continued to monitor the risk represented by each country, to determine whether to allow travellers from each country to visit the US.

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The Impact of Coronavirus on ESTA USA

The tourism industry has also been highly impacted by coronavirus, withtravel restrictions being enforced and flight schedules being very limited sincethe pandemic reached the US and Europe.

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My Travel Diary: Travelling Around the US Using ESTA

Not long after finishing my university studies, I decided I wanted to travel somewhere exciting with a range of different experiences. I had three weeks to plan my travels into, as I would soon be starting my first full-time job. I looked at a number of travel options, including Australia but with really long flight times and the more expensive flight tickets that came with that, my budget wouldn’t stretch that far.

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How much money do I need to enter USA?

When you visit the US on certain types of visa, you may be asked to provide financial proof that you will be able to afford living expenses during your stay and the cost of your return journey

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Which Visa is Best for US?

If you want to travel to the US, the first factor you must consider is what type of visa you must obtain. To enter the US, you must have a valid form of travel authorisation, which would either be an ESTA, or a relevant type of US visa.

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What is DS-160 Form?

Form DS-160 is the online non-immigration visa application form that must be completed for people wishing to visit the United States on a temporary basis.

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Do Aussies Need a Visa for USA?

Australian citizens travelling to the US do not need a visa, provided that they match the criteria for the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

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How much is a visa for Hawaii?

If you are thinking of travelling to Hawaii in the future, there are a few things to consider that you will need to prepare in advance of your trip.

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Related FAQs

How Long Does It Take for ESTA Approval?

The maximum processing time of an ESTA application is 72 hours but applications are often processed much quicker than this. Once you have completed the application and paid the ESTA application fee, you will soon receive a response, this can sometimes take just minutes but can take a few days at most.

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Do I need to print and bring my ESTA to the airport?

It is not compulsory to print and bring your ESTA but it is recommended as a precaution. When your ESTA form is processed and authorised, you can see this immediately by checking your form. The procedure is normally complete within minutes, but may occasionally take longer.

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Is my ESTA still valid?

You can check the status of your ESTA at any time. You can contact us at any time to check on its status. If it has been less than two years since you applied, and your passport is still valid, then your ESTA should be valid too.

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Can I extend my ESTA while in the U.S.?

When you are travelling to the US on an ESTA and it is due to expire, the ESTA can be renewed, not extended. There is no option for an ESTA visa extension.

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Can I travel without an ESTA?

If you’re planning on visiting the US in the future, then you will need some form of travel authorisation if you are not a US citizen. The quickest and easiest way to get travel authorisation is through an ESTA, which is available for citizens from Visa Waiver Program countries to apply for.

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Can children fly with ESTA?

If a child is the citizen of a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program then they will require a valid ESTA to travel to the United States. This applies to children of all ages, including infants, in the exact same way that adults require an ESTA for permission to enter the US.

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Can a third party fill out my ESTA application for me?

Yes, a third party can fill out your ESTA form for you, as it is not compulsory for the person whose name appears on the form to complete the form themselves. It is acceptable for a third party such as a friend, parent, partner or travel agent to fill out all or part of the form on your behalf.

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My ESTA application expires during my trip. Does it have to be valid the wholetime I’m in the U.S?

Your ESTA authorisation needs to be valid for when you enter the U.S. and will allow you to stay within U.S. territory for up to 90 days from when you land. Therefore, it is okay if your ESTA does not remain not valid throughout your stay in the United States as long as you do not overstay the limit of 90 days.

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Can ESTA be extended?

It is not possible to extend your ESTA but you are able to renew your ESTA. To renew your ESTA, you must submit a new application, in the same way, that you submitted your previous one.

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Can I fix a mistake on my ESTA application?

Prior to payment, you can amend all the details in your application. Once you have paid and submitted your ESTA application, there are some mistakes that you can amend but the majority will require for you to submit a completely new application.

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Can I use my post-dated passport?

If you are a UK citizen and have a post-dated passport that won’t be valid until a certain date (due to name change for example), you will not be able to apply for ESTA, as you need to apply using a passport that is valid at the time the application is submitted. Since a post-dated passport

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Do I need a digital passport for ESTA?

Yes, all applicants for ESTA must have unexpired, up-to-date, and valid digital passports. This also applies to children of all ages, including infants. The passport must remain valid for the entire duration of your stay in the United States.

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Do I need a new ESTA application if my name has changed due to marriage,divorce, or another legal proceeding?

If your name has changed but you have not yet submitted your application, then you should make your changes and submit it. Although the form can be completed in minutes and the process of obtaining authorisation is usually quick, the U.S. authorities recommend completing the form at least 72 hours prior to your flight, or at the time of booking.

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Do I need any other documents apart from ESTA?

Yes, you require your passport to travel to the US as well as your ESTA asthe authorisation is centred around your passport number. This must be an electronicpassport (ePassport) with a digital chip containing biometric information about thepassport owner and that also has a machine readable zone on the biographic page.

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Do I need ESTA to visit the USA?

If you are a citizen of one of the VWP countries and you are travelling to the USA by air or sea using your VWP country passport, you must apply for ESTA, which has been mandatory since 2009. This includes if you are visiting the United States for business, pleasure, or in transit

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Do I need specific travel plans to apply for ESTA?

You do not need specific travel plans when you are applying for an ESTA, you just need to fill in the address where you will be staying. If you’re travelling around the U.S. then you can just write the first place you’re staying at as a point of reference.

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Do I need to apply for an ESTA application if my flight passes through U.S. airspace?

No. As long as the plane you are on is not landing in any continental United States territory you do not require any ESTA authorisation (or visa) as you won’t be passing through U.S. customs and immigration or setting foot on U.S. soil.

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Do I need to apply for ESTA if I have a stop-over in the United States?

Yes, even if your final destination is not the United States and you’re stopping at an airport in the U.S. for just an hour or two, you will still need to get an ESTA authorisation. You may not even be able to board your flight if you do not have a valid ESTA, as your airline will request this before your departure.

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How can I check my ESTA application if the application number doesn’t exist anymore?

Once your ESTA permit has expired, you will not be able to check it and the number will no longer exist, therefore you will have to apply for a new ESTA authorisation. This means you will have to fill in the form once again and you will have to repay the fee.

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How does ESTA differ from other USA visas?

Any foreign nationals wishing to enter the US must first of all obtain some form of visa that provides the relevant permission required from the US border control authorities. Different types of visas are available for different types of reasons for travelling to the US.

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How long does it take to obtain an ESTA?

An ESTA is the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation that enables visitors from ountries within the Visa Waiver Program to enter the US. Before planning any trip to the US, travellers must obtain some form of visa to get permission to enter the US border.

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How long is my data stored?

Your ESTA application data remains active for the amount of time that your approved ESTA is valid, or until your passport expires, whichever date comes first. The Department of Homeland Security then keeps this information for a further year, after which it is archived for 12 years.

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How secure is my data?

The ESTA websiteoperates under the rules and regulations that are outlined in the United States Privacy Act insure the privacy of your information. In fact, the U.S. Code § 552a - Records maintained on individuals states the following regarding the conditions of disclosure: No agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a...

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How to apply for ESTA

If you are travelling to the US and are from a country that is part of the Visa Waiver Program then you will probably need to apply for an ESTA, unless you have an alternative form of visa to permit you to enter the US.

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I forgot my Group Identification number. How can I log in to check my status?

If you do not remember your group identification number, there are a couple of ways you can retrieve the number. One option is to get in touch with us to retrieve your group identification number here.

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Why was my ESTA application denied?

There could be a number of reasons why your ESTA application was denied. Here are some of the more common reasons why your application might have been given a "Travel Not Authorised" response...

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What are APC kiosks?

Automated Passport Control (APC) is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that makes the entry process for American, Canadian, and eligible Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travellers easier by providing an automated process through the CBP’s Primary Inspection area.

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What do the responses mean for my ESTA application?

There are three responses that you can get once you retrieve your ESTA application, as listed below: Authorisation Pending: This means that your application has been received, but it has not been decided whether to authorize or reject it yet.

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What does it mean if one of the group requests is "pending"?

It could be the case that one of the applications in the group is still processing. You can check the individual applications by searching for the details individually. To do that you would need the passport numbers, dates of birth, full names and nationalities of all the people in your group.

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What happens if your ESTA expires while you are in the USA?

If you are in the US and your ESTA expires then it is not an issue, as your ESTA must only be valid when you are entering the border of the US. This is when you will get checked by the border control authorities, so when you are returning to the UK or wherever else, there is no requirement to have a valid ESTA.

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What if my information has changed since applying for ESTA?

You might be able to edit the information on your ESTA form depending on what the change is and also depending on whether you have submitted and paid for your application. Before payment, you...

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What information does ESTA need?

When applying for an ESTA, the information provided will help the department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) cross check your information with no-fly and criminal databases. This is done in order to prevent individuals who might pose a threat to national security from entering the United States.

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What is ESTA?

An ESTA stands for "Electronic System for Travel Authorization" and is a system introduced by the U.S. Government to improve travel security in relation to persons entering the U.S borders. An ESTA involves providing information that will be assessed to decide whether the applicant is eligible...

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What is the difference between ESTA and the US visa?

The US visa system has been in place as far back as 1924 for any non-citizen to visit the US. Since then, the system has developed to help control the criteria for immigration to the US and to protect the US workforce...

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What is the I-94 form?

Form I-94, also known as the Arrival-Departure Record Card, is a form used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in order to keep track of the arrival and departure to and from the United States or people who are not U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

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What is the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)?

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which allows citizens of specific countries (to see the full list of countries, click here) to travel to the U.S. under certain conditions without the need to obtain a visa.

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When must I submit a new ESTA application?

You can submit a new ESTA application any time you like, even if you currently have an active ESTA authorisation. There are also some circumstances when you will have to submit a new one. Here are a couple of reasons why you would need to submit a new one:

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When should I apply for ESTA?

You can apply for ESTA any time you like but the U.S. government generally recommends people to apply for ESTA 72 hours before their trip. Even though an ESTA can take just minutes or even seconds to be approved, there are some applications that can take the full 72 hours to process.

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Which are the Visa Waiver countries for the USA?

At present, to be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you must be a citizen of a country that has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, as a “program country”.

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Who can access the data on my ESTA application?

Generally, your application and information are only accessed by government officials on a "need to know" basis. The information on your ESTA application is stored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and they control the database with any information collected by applications.

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Why isn’t my ESTA valid for 2 years?

If you have obtained your ESTA authorisation, but your passport is due to expire before the end of the 2-year validity period, then your ESTA will expire automatically with the expiration of your passport.

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Will I be informed by email if my application is successful?

No, you will not receive an email notification and you will need to check the status of your application online.

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Will strikes and delays affect my ESTA application?

If airlines go on strike and your flight is cancelled, this shouldn’t affect your ESTA application. Once your ESTA is approved it remains valid for 2 years or until your passport expires, this depends on which one comes first.

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Can I speed up my ESTA application?

The short answer to this question is no, you cannot fast track an ESTA application. However, by ensuring that your ESTA application is completed with all of the correct information, there is a much better chance that it will get processed quickly and approved.

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How Do You Fill Out an ESTA Application?

Filling out an ESTA application is a fairly quick process but there are some questions and parts of required information that can complicate the application more if the applicant does not have the information, or is not sure which information to provide.

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How Long Does an ESTA Application Take?

One of the key benefits of applying for an ESTA instead of applying for a US visa is that the processing time is much faster. The whole process is completed online, which means that the administration elements are much quicker. Generally, an ESTA application will take less than 72 hours to get processed but in many cases, it is much quicker than this, even taking a few minutes in some applications.

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What Information Is Required for ESTA Application?

The ESTA application is a very short form that you can complete digitally and you must provide the information for a set of questions that will determine whether your application is approved or not. Generally, it will only take around 10 minutes to find all of the required information on the application but your application will be quicker if you have all of the required information to hand.

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