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If you have a valid ESTA you will not be required to re-register after the introduction of the fee.

No.  If you have a valid registration under ESTA, you will not be required to re-register on September 8, 2010 when the fee is introduced.  A regisration under ESTA is valid for two years from the date it is authorized or until the date on which the traveler’s passport expires, whichever comes first.  You ESTA Logowill be subject to the new fee, however, if your registration expires and you re-register on or after September 8, 2010.

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  1. Mrs Pamela Simpson
    Aug 17 2010

    Last year I had an ESTA approved for my travel to the USA in Sept 2009.

    I am travelling to Canada soon & there is a possibility that my trip my invoove a short visit to the USA (by land)

    Will I neee to apply for a new ESTA as I cannot find my printed copy.

    Ifd the old ESTA is still valid how do I obtain a new copy

    Thank you.

  2. Susan Plankmeir
    Aug 21 2010

    I’m a US citizen, my boyfriend is British. He applied for ESTA last year, everything went through fine and he made his trip to the USA. Since his last trip, he received a police caution for ‘Common Assault’- This was a domestic dispute. I was the victim/witness. We have since reconciled

    Does he need to re-apply for ESTA? Does he need to apply for a B-2 visa?

    Can you tell me the scoop about post ESTA cautions?

    Thanks,
    Susan

    • Aug 24 2010

      Susan – if your partner has been arrested, cautioned or convicted of a crime, he will be required to apply for a visa. More information about non-immigrant visas, including how to apply, is available from the Embassy website.

  3. Claire Johnson
    Aug 31 2010

    Hi there,
    I filled out ESTA’s for my whole family last year (even though we still had to fill out the green cards on all flights since!) which expire next August. Can i renew them or apply for new ones before the fee becomes applicable at all? Seems unfair that even though I was on-the-ball and organised last year, I will only get one year’s cover for free and not 2 if I were to have left it and applied this August…
    Thanks

    • Sep 1 2010

      Claire – ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. Once approved, authorizations are generally valid for multiple entries into the U.S. for up to two years or until the applicant’s passport expires or other specific circumstances give rise to a need to reapply, whichever comes first. Under the new interim final rule, travelers with an approved ESTA will not need to pay the ESTA fees when updating an ESTA application. However, travelers with new passports and re-applying for an ESTA will need to pay the ESTA fees.

  4. Michelle Partington
    Sep 1 2010

    Hi
    we have approved application number valid until 16/2/2011 (as we applies in 2009)
    can we re-apply again now to save paying as we are missing out for a year. or will this cause problem because US customs system will have 2 entires for us?

    • Sep 2 2010

      Michelle – ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel. Once approved, authorizations are generally valid for multiple entries into the U.S. for up to two years or until the applicant’s passport expires or other specific circumstances give rise to a need to reapply, whichever comes first. Under the new interim final rule, travelers with an approved ESTA will not need to pay the ESTA fees when updating an ESTA application. However, travelers with new passports and re-applying for an ESTA will need to pay the ESTA fees.

  5. John Hickey
    Sep 5 2010

    Hi, My daughter is at present travelling around the states on a 90 day visa, with tickets booked to travel on to New Zealand. Due to a mix up with the booking company she will exceed her 90 days permit, how/or can she extend her visa by about 10 days.

    Many Thanks

    • Sep 8 2010

      John – If your daughter entered the United States under the Visa Wavier Program, she cannot extend her stay. If your daughter overstays the permitted period in the United States, she may experience difficulties when traveling to the United States in the future.

  6. Tom Mann
    Sep 6 2010

    I am taking a group of students to the States next February. They have all had their ESTAs approved but I don’t have the original application numbers because I was told that these were not required for entering the country. Do these ESTAs need anything doing to them following the changes on this Wednesday? And if so how should this be done?

    • Sep 8 2010

      Tom – provided that all the students ESTAs were approved, they are not required to take any action following the introduction of a fee on the 8th September. If any student’s circumstances change and they require a new ESTA, they will be required to reapply and pay the appropriate fee.

  7. adil ali
    Sep 6 2010

    I have a British passport and have been living and working in the US for the past 5 years with an E2 visa. I am in the process of renewing my visa. At my interview the officer picked up on the question “Have I had my fingerprints taken.” Whilst in the US I was stopped by the police when driving, and took a blood test at a police station. The results were negative and there were no charges or convictions.

    The officer at the embassy put my visa application into administrative processing and requested a medical examination. I undertook a medical examination and the results were sent to the embassy over 4 weeks ago. The form I was given stated that processing can take anything from 5 days to several weeks?

    I was due to travel back to the US at the end of August which has now past. I am also now ineligible to travel on the visa waiver program until my current application has been processed. This is incredibly frustrating, considering I have been living in the US for the past 5 years.
    I feel the interview officer unjustly deferred my case to administrative processing without listening or giving due consideration to my individual case.

    Can you please advise?

    • Sep 8 2010

      adil – if you are concerned at the time your visa application is taking to process, you may wish to contact the Embassy’s operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  8. Dawn Hillyard
    Sep 7 2010

    I travelled to the USA in 2009. Reading the latest information I understand that I do not need to complete ESTA again as my previous ESTA is valid for 2 years, but how can access my record to find out this is the case and perhaps obtain a print out as a proof?

    • Sep 8 2010

      Dawn – if you need to amend your ESTA registration, you may do so by accessing the ESTA website and inputting your registration number and passport number. You are not required to carry a printout of your registration number.

  9. Anthony Fahy
    Sep 7 2010

    I presently hold a valid B-1 Non-Immigrant Visa and am travelling to the U.S. later this year. Do I also need an ESTA Visa or is my existing Visa sufficient?

    • Sep 8 2010

      Anthony – ESTA registration is only for travelers under the Visa Waiver Program. If you have a valid visa, you will not require registration under ESTA.

  10. Kenneth Tsai
    Sep 7 2010

    Hi

    I have a visa issued at us embassy london do I need to apply for an ESTA as well or is the visa sufficient?

    • Sep 8 2010

      Kenneth – ESTA registration is only for travelers under the Visa Waiver Program. If you have a valid visa, you will not require registration under ESTA

  11. Gillian Corker
    Sep 7 2010

    I applied for an ESTA for a visit to the US in Feb 2010, I am going to Florida in Feb 2011 but do not have acopy of the ESTA or my application number. I know it is still valid – do I need a paper copy of my ESTA? How do I get this. Thanks

    • Sep 8 2010

      Gillian – you are not required to carry a paper copy of your application.

  12. mart
    Sep 7 2010

    I have just applied for my ESTA and been denied access due to the fact that i’m HIV positive.
    Well done USA for failing yet again.
    I now need to make an appointment with the American Embassay, pay additional fees and possibly be denied access. Why maybe all HIV positive people should just boycott the USA.

    • Sep 8 2010

      mart – as of January 4th 2010, HIV was removed from the list of communicable diseases and you should answer ‘No’ to the question “Have you ever been afflicted with a communicable disease etc” on the ESTA registration form. If you did so, and your application was still refused, you will be required to apply for a visa.

  13. alannah
    Sep 8 2010

    I DID MYSELF AND THREE OTHER PEOPLES APPLICATIONS IN JANUARY THIS YEAR I HAVE MISSPLACED THE APPLICATION NUMBERS SO I HAVE TRIED TO RECOVER, THEM THE FIRST TWO WERE NO PROBLEM,BUT WHEN I PUT MY OWN AND MY HUSBANDS DETAILS IN IT SAYS NO APPLICATION FOUND,SO I WENT ON TO APPLY,AND THAT SAYS THERE IS A APPLICATION WITH MORE THAN 30 DAYS LEFT AND TO CANCEL! BUT I STILL CAN NOT GET MY APPLICATION NUMBERS HELP!!

  14. Mark
    Sep 8 2010

    My wife and I got ESTA authorisations last year and are about to travel to the US again soon. I no longer have the application numbers but have seen that these can now be retreived from today. Upon trying the ESTA web site advised no applications for either of us so I started to re-apply and was then advised by the site that ESTAs with more than 30 days were already assigned to both our passports. Am now concerned as one part of the system says it can not find our ESTAs and another part says they are already there – is there a problem with the ‘Retrieve your application number’ part of the service? Can I trust this to still just turn up at the airport without knowing our application numbers and be sure they will be available for checks?

  15. Barbara Riley
    Sep 12 2010

    My husband applied for an American visa 60 days ago (14/7/2010), we are due to holiday in early October and are both getting concerned as the visa has not yet arrived. Can you tell me how long we should wait before reorganising our holiday as we find we cannot afford to lose such a large amount of money

    • Sep 13 2010

      Barbara – if you are concerned about your husband’s visa application, please contact the Embassy’s operator service on 09042 450 100 (£1.20/min) for assistance.

  16. Sharon
    Sep 14 2010

    Hello, we are travelling to US soon. The airline that issued our tickets isn’t the airline we are flying on (i think it’s something to do with codeshaing) on our esta (we have valid esta) do I put in the issuing airline or the airline we are lfying on as carrier? Thank you.

    • Sep 17 2010

      Sharon – Please enter the details of the airline with whom you are flying.

  17. kristyna
    Sep 15 2010

    hi..i would like to go to the USA (just traveling) and i live in GB… is there any chance to apply for the visa on the internet so i dont have to go to london..?and do i need a credit card for entering the USA..?

    • Sep 17 2010

      Kristyna – If you wish to travel to the United States on holiday, you will require a B-2 (tourist) visa. Alternatively, if qualified, you may be eligible to travel visa free to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. For further information, please refer to the Embassy website, at: http://london.usembassy.gov/b2.html

  18. Matthew C
    Oct 19 2010

    Hello, I am a British national with a B2 tourist visa issue date: 28 sept 2009 exp date: 24 Sept 2019. I used the visa to travel the states for 6 months, ending in May 2010. I am about to go to New York for 4 days do I need to go through the ESTA or will my visa alone be sufficient? Even though I have already used it for 6 months travel this year? I fly on saturday so would love to know asap please! Thanks in advance… Matthew

    • Oct 20 2010

      Matthew – if you have a valid visa you do not require an ESTA authorization. The final decision to admit or deny all applicants entry to the United State rests with immigration officials at the port of entry.

  19. D Patel
    Oct 24 2010

    I am a British Passport holder. I registered for ESTA Visa in June for travel this November, and at the time successfully recieved an authorization approval without the need for any payment. Yesterday I spoke with a friend who is also travelling to the US in November (also a British passport holder). She applied for the ESTA Visa this week and was required to make a small payment. Since I did not make a payment when I obtained my Visa, will my Visa still be valid for travel in November.? Why did my friend have to pay now, whereas I did not have to back in June?

    Thanks.

    • Oct 27 2010

      D Patel – Travelers with an approved ESTA will not need to pay the ESTA fees when updating an ESTA application. However, travelers with new passports and re-applying for an ESTA will need to pay the ESTA fees.

  20. Stephen Durant
    Dec 4 2010

    Sir/Madam,

    I travelled to New York in May 2010 and recieved an authorization approval without the need for any payment. I’m travelling again this month and was unsure whether my previous ESTA application was still valid or do I need to re-apply and pay the fee? I don’t have my previous application number but the website is saying I have a valid application with more than 30 days left. I’d rather pay again than struggle to get into the country!

    Steve

    • Dec 15 2010

      Stephen – ESTA authorization is valid for two years, or until your passport runs out, whichever is sooner. If your ESTA authorization is still valid, you are not required to re-register.

  21. Fiona
    Dec 15 2010

    Hi,
    I’ve read all the way through and am probably asking a silly question – I have an ESTA valid till June 2011 – but am flying next weekend back to the US and just need to know if I should update my ESTA with the new flight details as this time I am flying to a different city from last time, or if the originals from my flight last year are fine on it?
    Hope this makes sense!
    Thanks
    Fiona

    • Dec 16 2010

      Fiona – you are not required to update the flight information each time you fly, although you are not prohibited from doing so.

      • Fiona
        Dec 17 2010

        Thank you!

  22. Santiago I.
    Jan 4 2011

    I succesfully registered for the ESTA on a flight from UK to US for Dec 2010 and count with a print out document. Unfortunately, the flight got cancelled eventually and I couldn’t fly. Now I am travelling on January to USA, but that ESTA shows a different Flight airline and number (as it was done on a previous cancelled flight). Is my authorized ESTA document printout still valid?
    Thanks for your prompt response

    • Jan 5 2011

      Santiago – you are not required to provide flight details when applying for an ESTA, this part of the form is optional. The ESTA is valid for two years, or until your passport expires, whichever is sooner.

  23. marjorie barnaby
    Jan 19 2011

    can you help me please my visa weaver runs out
    on the 16/02/2011 HOW DO I RENEW IT. thank you in advance

  24. John Wallis
    Jan 25 2011

    I have a B2 visitor visa and previously had an ESTA which is due to expire.
    Do I need to re submit for a new ESTA or is my B2 visa sufficient to travel to the USA?
    Last time I entered the United States my ESTA was not asked for when it was realised that I had a B2 visa.

  25. Alan Livett
    Jan 26 2011

    If I have a B2 visa do I still need an ESTA

    • Jan 27 2011

      Alan – If you hold a valid U.S. visa you are not required to register under ESTA. ESTA applies only to those traveling visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program.

  26. Marian Smith
    Feb 4 2011

    My husband and I obtained ESTAs last February for travel to Florida, they expire on 03/02/2012. We did not get there because of the Ash cloud. We have now booked to go for three weeks in May 2012, by another carrier but staying at the same place. Are our ESTAs still valid or do we need to update them, if so are we required to pay a fee?

    • Feb 16 2011

      Marian – You are not required to update your ESTA registration with details of your new travel itinerary. However, if you wish to do so, please visit the official ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov

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