When to apply for a visa instead of an ESTA?

  • If you intend to arrive in the United States aboard a non-signatory air carrier.
  • If you intend to visit the United States for more than 90 days.
  • If you believe any grounds of inadmissibility of the Immigration and Nationality Act § 212(a) apply to you, you should apply for a nonimmigrant visa before traveling to the United States.
  • If you are traveling to the United States for a purpose other than short-term tourism or business.

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A travel authorization is valid for two years after the application date or until the passport expiration date whichever happens first.

Find my ESTA

If you obtain a new passport or change your name, gender or country of citizenship, you will be required to apply for a new travel authorization.

Renew an ESTA

If your ESTA has expired, you must reapply by submitting a new application.

Your ESTA must be valid when you enter the U.S., if it expires during your stay it will not affect your departure.


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