How to Renew an ESTA: A Step-by-Step Guide to USA Travel eVisa

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The allure of the United States as a travel destination is undeniable. With landscapes ranging from the sun-kissed beaches of California to the bustling streets of New York City, it’s a country that beckons travelers with a promise of adventure and opportunity. Yet, for visitors from Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries, ensuring travel authorization via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is vital. If you’ve enjoyed the ease of visiting the US with an ESTA and are planning another trip, it’s important to understand the process and requirements for renewal.

Understanding ESTA and Its Validity

An ESTA is not a visa but a required travel authorization for travelers originating from VWP countries wishing to enter the United States either by air or sea. It’s typically valid for two years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. With a valid ESTA, you can stay in the US for up to 90 days per visit for tourism, business, transit, or medical reasons.

Knowing When to Renew

Renewal of your ESTA is necessary if any of the following applies:

  • Your ESTA authorization has expired.
  • You received a new passport since your last ESTA application.
  • Your name, gender, or country of citizenship has changed since your last application.
  • Your answers to any of the VWP eligibility questions have changed since your last application.

The ESTA Renewal Process

Just like your initial application, renewing your ESTA is uncomplicated and can be done in a few simple steps:

  1. Fill out our easy-to-use online application form. The application takes about 10 minutes. Make sure to have your passport handy.
  2. Submit & Pay for your application. We accept all payment types. PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay & Credit Card.
  3. Get your ESTA emailed to you within 72hrs. We’ll email you your approved travel authorisation and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you need your ESTA in a hurry, you can choose from our two expedited processing options. Simply select your add-on at checkout.

Information Required for Renewal

When renewing your ESTA, be prepared to provide the following details:

  • Your valid passport from a VWP country.
  • Contact information, including email and address details.
  • Employment information, if applicable.
  • Valid payment method for the processing fee.

Tips for a Smooth ESTA Renewal

  • Ensure all information is accurate and matches your passport details.
  • Renew your ESTA well in advance of your next trip to the United States. While authorizations are usually received within 72 hours, delays can happen.
  • If your passport is close to expiry, it’s advisable to renew it before applying for a new ESTA.

Differences Between ESTA Renewal and Reapplication

It is important to note that there’s no formal renewal process for an ESTA. When we talk about renewing an ESTA, it essentially means reapplying for a new authorization. So, each time you are required to obtain new authorization, you must complete the standard ESTA application process.

FAQs on ESTA Renewal

Can I extend my ESTA while in the United States?

No, you cannot extend your ESTA while in the US. It is crucial to leave the country before your ESTA or the 90-day admission period expires.

How do I know if my ESTA is still valid?

You can check the validity of your ESTA on our easy-to-use platform or refer to the expiration date provided in your authorization email.

What if my information has not changed, do I still need to reapply for ESTA?

Yes, if your ESTA has expired, you need to reapply even if your information remains the same.

In conclusion, staying current with your ESTA is essential for a hassle-free return to the United States. We, at eVisaUS, aim to make the process as streamlined and straightforward as possible, ensuring that your travels are filled with excitement and not bogged down by paperwork. Renewing—or more accurately, reapplying for—your ESTA is simple, and by following our outlined steps, you can look forward to your next American adventure with peace of mind. For further assistance and to apply, visit our dedicated ESTA application page and let us help you with your travel plans.

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