USA: Complete Guide to Avoiding Evisa Application Mistakes

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Traveling to the United States is an exciting experience, filled with landmarks that are recognizable worldwide, a diverse cultural tapestry, and landscapes that range from urban skylines to untamed wilderness. If you’re planning to visit the US and you are a citizen of a VWP country, you’ll likely need to obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before your journey begins. An ESTA allows travelers to visit the US for tourism, business, or while in transit for up to 90 days without the need for a visa.

While the ESTA application process is designed to be straightforward, applicants can sometimes make mistakes that may lead to delays or even denials. By providing clear answers to the most commonly asked questions, this article aims to help you navigate the process successfully and with ease, ensuring your American dream doesn’t hit any snags.

Understanding the ESTA Application Process

First and foremost, familiarize yourself with the ESTA application process. To get your ESTA, follow these 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 authorization and that’s it, you’re ready to go!

If you’re short on time, select one of our expedited processing options during checkout for faster service.

Avoiding Common Errors on Your ESTA Application

A small glitch in your application can cause significant setbacks. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:

  • Passport Information Errors: Ensure that the passport number and personal details match exactly with your passport. Discrepancies can result in a denied ESTA.
  • Incorrect Trip Information: Providing accurate travel details is crucial. Even if your trip is uncertain, give your best estimate and update it later if necessary.
  • Typos and Inconsistencies: Double-check your entire application for typos before submitting. Consistency in the information provided across all documents is key.

Handling Changes After Submission

Once submitted, certain details on your ESTA cannot be changed. If you’ve made a mistake with your name, passport number, or other critical information, you may have to apply for a new ESTA. For changes to your email address or travel details, you can update your existing ESTA. Always ensure that the details are accurate at the time of submission to avoid the need for reapplication.

Understanding ESTA Eligibility

Not every traveler can apply for an ESTA. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a VWP country. Other eligibility requirements include having a passport with a digital chip, and your purpose of travel must be within the prescribed reasons (tourism, business, or transit).


What if My ESTA Application is Denied?

If your application is denied, it means you are not eligible to travel under the VWP and should apply for a visa through the appropriate channels. A denial does not mean you cannot travel to the US, just that you must follow a different application process.

How Long is an ESTA Valid For?

An ESTA is valid for two years from the date of authorization, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Within that period, you can make multiple entries into the US without having to reapply, provided each visit is under 90 days.

Can I Extend My Stay in the US on an ESTA?

You cannot extend your stay beyond the authorized 90 days on an ESTA. If you wish to remain in the US longer, you will need to apply for a visa that suits your circumstances.


Making sure you avoid common mistakes when applying for your ESTA will save you time and stress, allowing you to focus on the excitement of your upcoming travels to the United States. Should you need more guidance, we are here to help every step of the way. Start your application journey today by filling out the application form. Safe travels!

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