ESTA Questions: What you will be asked?

If you are travelling to the US and you are a citizen of a country in the Visa Waiver Program, you are able to apply for an ESTA, which involves completing the online application form and answering some sets of questions. The information that you provide will determine whether or not you’re, your application will be accepted, and your information will be screened to ensure the information is correct.

If you provide incorrect information, your ESTA will be declined, even if you have made a mistake in error, so it is important to take your time when completing the form and check over your answers before you submit your application.

What questions are asked on an ESTA?

There are multiple sections that you must complete on the application, which are detailed below:

Applicant Details and Passport Information

This section includes:

  • First name and family name (plus any alias names)
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth
  • City of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Country of Citizenship
  • National Identification Number (if applicable in your country)
  • Passport issuance date, expiry date and issuing country
  • A further question regarding whether you have had a passport issued for another country andrelated details if yes.

The next section is related to citizenship of another country, if applicable.

There is also a question related to whether the applicant is a member of the CBP Global Entry Program, which requires the membership number to be provided, if applicable.

The next sections request:

  • Family name and first name of both parents
  • Your contact information (address, phone no. and email address)
  • There is also an optional section related to social media accounts
  • Employment details
  • Travel information
  • Your point of contact in the US (name, address, phone number)
  • Your address while in the US
  • Emergency contact information

Eligibility questions

In this section, there are questions related to drug use, diseases, criminal convictions, terrorist activity, fraud and travel to high risk countries. You also need to confirm if you have ever been denied a US visa, are seeking employment in US or stayed longer than you had permission for on a previous visit to US.

These questions are the ones that will decide whether your ESTA will be approved or declined and if any of the answers to these questions are ‘yes’ then your ESTA will usually be declined.

The final section includes a waiver of rights to appeal the decision and confirmation that you have answered the questions correctly to the best of your knowledge.

Once you have provided the information covered in the sections outlined above, you are required to make the ESTA application fee using an electronic card and you can then submit the application.

When and how will I find out about the ESTA decision?

You will receive the decision by email, to the email address you provided in the application form. You will usually find out within a matter of minutes, although some applications can take up to 72 hours to process, so it is advised to leave adequate time before you travel.

My ESTA was denied, what can I do?

There are a number of reasons your application could be denied, related to the eligibility questions. However, if you made an accidental error on the application, you can re-apply with the correct details. You may also be able to obtain a different type of visa if your ESTA is denied.


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