FAQ

 

 

ESTA FAQ

 

What is the Global Entry Program?

Global Entry is a fast-track U.S. entry scheme run by the CBP as an alternative to ESTA or a visa. Low-risk travellers are pre-approved for expedited entry to the U.S. and then use special automatic kiosks at major airports...

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How is the Global Entry information used by the CBP?

Travellers who are part of the Global Entry Program must initially go through extensive vetting by the U.S. CBP...

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How does the DHS use any new information collected?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security handles all information, including any new facts about a person, in the same way as all other data collected via visa and ESTA applications...

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What are the latest eligibility requirements for the U.S. Visa Waiver Program?

Under the VWP Improvement Act of 2015, some travellers are ineligible for the Visa Waiver Program and will need to apply for a visa before being allowed to travel to the USA. These include...

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In what circumstances are the new VWP requirements waived?

Anyone who has travelled to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen on military or official government business will still be able to enter the USA via the Visa Waiver Program...

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I have visited one of the 7 listed countries and am exempt from the VWP. What should I do?

The new VWP Improvement Act does not mean you cannot travel to the USA, but you will need to obtain a visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate before you can do so. This will involve attending the Embassy or Consulate for a personal interview as part of the visa application process...

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Are there any other countries that might affect VWP eligibility if I have visited them?

On 18 February 2016 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security updated the Act by adding Libya, Somalia, and Yemen as three countries of concern for U.S. national security...

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Will travellers with no ties or prior travel to Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen have to reapply or update their ESTA application?

No. Unless you are now in breach of the new ESTA eligibility requirements of the Act or have had your ESTA revoked, you will not need to reapply for a new ESTA authorisation until your current one expires. However..

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How do you define a “dual citizen” or “dual national”? What if I was born in a country, but never lived there? Am I automatically a national or citizen of that country?

CBP determines your nationality in “grey” areas in accordance with U.S. legal standards and practices, and the laws and practices of foreign governments...

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In February 2016, what new questions were added to the ESTA application?

The following questioned were added or modified to read...

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In June 2016, what new questions were added to the ESTA application?

The following questions were either added or modified as part of the ESTA application...

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In October 2016, what new question was added to the original ESTA application?

The following question was added to the ESTA application form and to Form I-94W Arrival/Departure Record Card...

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How will U.S. Customs and Border Protection use any information collected about social media through these additional optional questions introduced in October 2016?

Any information found on social media regarding an ESTA applicant will be used as part of the ongoing security vetting process for potential visitors...

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Is there currently a protocol for informing current ESTA holders of any new changes or requirements to prevent misunderstandings and complications?

In a continued effort to keep the public updated on any changes, the CBP continues to work with the Departments of State and Commerce...

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How does the CBP notify travellers about changes to ESTA?

Currently, any changes to the ESTA application process are communicated via the CBP website at www.cbp.gov...

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How Long Does ESTA Last?

If you want to travel to the United States, the chances are you’ll either need a visa or an ESTA visa waiver in order to enter the country...

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How Much Is An ESTA Visa From Ireland?

The cost of an accepted ESTA visa can vary between $14 to $90 (depending on service used) paid by credit card during the online application process. Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Maestro, Discover, JCB and Diners Club are currently the most common forms of payment accepted...

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Who Qualifies for ESTA?

Citizens of countries that fall under the United States Visa-Waiver program qualify for the ESTA. These countries include for example Ireland and the United Kingdom...

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