How do you fill the Esta form?
The ESTA form can be filled out very quickly. It takes less than 10 minutes. It is useful to know a few things:
- – As the Esta request has a cost, you must have a VISA, Master Card, Discover or American Express credit card or a Visa/Master Card debit card. Pay Pal is also accepted.
- – You also must have a working email address. If you don’t have access to your email address, you should create a new one or use someone else’s account to which you have access.
- – Filling out all the required fields (marked with a red asterisk *), as the country of issue of the passport, address residence, and so forth. It is always useful to verify the inserted data before making the payment as many fields can’t be modified after submitting. The only editable fields are those inherent the momentary residence in the United States, in order to allow to update them in case of reuse of the document. If you you make an error filling out the uneditable fields, you will require a new module, with a new payment attached.
- – It is better to save the number of practice issued with the authorization of the ESTA in case you need to recover it.
- – You will get a reply in shortly after applying. In some cases, the system will take longer but the DHS (Department of Homeland Security, the American immigration authority) will respond within 72 hours.
In order to achieve a better understanding of the ESTA filling process you will find explanatory captions by clicking on the question mark next to each field you want to complete. Within the ESTA form request it will be issued:
1. Demographic data: Name, surname, date and place of birth; sex; names of parents. In this step you can also declare a pseudonym in the case you have it.
2. Passport data: Passport number, date of issue and expiration; country of issue and citizenship. Here you can also declare if you possess other passports.
3. Contact information: E-mail, phone number, residence address, including the city and the country where you live.
4. Emergency contact information: Name and surname of your emergency contact, including phone number and e-mail.
5. The trip information: If you are not in transit, you will need to declare the name of the place you are staying, also providing the address, the city and the state. Moreover it will be released the phone number of address (if you are not sure you can fill this field with two zeros 00).
6. The job information: in case you want, it is possible to release the job information such as the name of the company / employer, address of the same phone number, and working position. The last two are optional fields.
7. Finally, you will have to answer some questions about your entry into the United States.
If you don’t know any of the answers, you have the possibility to write “UNKNOWN” where requested (in case of doubt, check the explanatory captions available by clicking the question mark on the side of the field in question). This option, in fact, is only valid for some fields.
8. After entering all the required fields and clicking “apply“, you have the possibility to review the information you entered. The page will ask you to review your answers and information. If during the review you notice an error, clicking the “EDIT” button you can edit the error without losing the data already entered. Otherwise you can continue to the payment page.
9. Then, you will have to make the payment. From here onwards the application will be processed by the system to determine whether you have the right to go to the United States with an ESTA.
10. Once approved, the ESTA application will be sent to the email address provided at the time of the online request.
Since the Visa Waiver Program (the travel without visa program) is connected with the CBP and APIS, it is not necessary to bring the ESTA. However, it is wise to have a copy at hand or the practice number during your trip.
We recommend to print the received attachment on the email inbox and keep it with their travel documents.
Albert lives in Manchester and just retired, and he decided to go for two months in Santa Monica, where his daughter Lauren has been living with her whole family for several years.
Albert is not particularly familiar with the Internet world, he doesn’t even have an email address.
Since having an email address is necessary to obtain the travel document for the US, our protagonist came up with the idea of asking to use her nephew’s email address which lives in the same city, to use it in order to receive the ESTA.
Once the grandson Thomas received the grandparent’s Esta, he proceeded to print it and give it to his grandfather.
Hannah works as a seller for an American multinational firm, what constantly keep her daily working routine very busy.
The next month he is going on a business trip to Seattle, where the headquarter of the company for which he works is located.
In renewing his Esta, Hannah accidentally inserted the wrong passport number.
After contacting our customer service via email, our protagonist had the unpleasant surprise to be informed that the Esta he obtained was not valid, and that he would have had to apply for a new travel document associated with the correct passport number.
As a guideline, we recommend to pay particular attention when you fill the online form out. You should also pay attention to the data confirmation page, which offers a further chance to double check.