How can I check my ESTA is still valid?

You can check the status of your ESTA application at any time. Visit the governmental website, click on the "Check Existing Application" option, which will take you down to the "Returning Applicants Check ESTA Status" section.
From here, you click either "Check Individual Status" or "Check Group Status", depending on the type of ESTA form you wish to check. If you are checking your individual status, fill in the application number that is unique to your application, along with your passport number and date of birth. If you do not know your application number, click on the "I Do Not Know My Application Number" option and you can access your application by providing other details, including passport number, date of birth, family name, first (given) name, and country of citizenship.
If you are checking for a group status, fill in your Group ID, family name, first (given) name, email address, and date of birth to retrieve your group application. If you do not know the Group ID, provide your family name, first (given) name, email address, and date of birth, and the Group ID will be emailed to the email address you provide. Once you have received this, you may use it to retrieve your group application.
Alternatively, you can check the status of each individual. Should you encounter any problems with any process, you can get in touch with us for assistance.
Remember that your ESTA application is valid for 2 years, so it is always best to keep a saved or printed version of the form showing approved authorization, so you know when you applied for your ESTA and how long your application is valid for.
Be aware that if your passport expires, your ESTA application also becomes invalid. If this occurs, you should apply for a new ESTA once you renew your passport.

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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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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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