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.

How the application process works

After you complete the ESTA form and submit it, along with the necessary payment, your application for authorization will be reviewed. This is done by checking your details against a number of databases containing persons who are not welcome or who are criminals in the U.S. When the review is complete, the status of your application will be updated accordingly.
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommend applying for ESTA at least 72 hours before your flight, or when you book your ticket. However, an ESTA application can generally be completed and processed in much less time.
You will not be informed when the reviewing of your application is complete, no matter what the result is. Any email on this subject specifically purporting to be from the CBP doing so is fraudulent and should be reported to the CBP immediately.
If you would like to check up on the status of your ESTA, you can get in touch with us.

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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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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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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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