Reasons for refusal of ESTA
One of the fundamental roles of ESTA is to improve the security of the country as well as American airports. For this reason, any application by ESTA is subject to verification by US immigration officials to determine the eligibility of the applicant to enter the United States. To avoid seeing your ESTA request denied , please see our article below.
How to avoid rejection of your ESTA application?
The conditions for granting such an authorization are particularly limited and if one of the conditions of acceptance is not fulfilled, the application may be refused.
To begin, it is good to remember the conditions for obtaining an ESTA travel authorization:
- You must be a national of one of the countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program;
- The national of an authorized country must not have dual nationality with any of the following countries: Iran, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.
- Your passport must be valid during your entire stay;
- Your passport must be of the “electronic” or “biometric” type;
- Your trip must not exceed 90 consecutive days;
- You want to go to the United States for touristic or professional reasons;
- You have purchased your return tickets in advance of your ESTA request;
- The airline is officially recognized by the US government;
- You have not broken American law in the past;
- A USA visa application has not been refused recently.
If all of these conditions are met, then you are eligible to receive a valid ESTA travel authorization for two years. Be careful however, filling out the application form remains an essential step and you are required to provide it in an honest and truthful manner. Indeed, the slightest typo or the wrong passport number can lead to an immediate refusal of your ESTA request.
Reminder: If you want to travel to the United States by land , from Canada or Mexico, for example, you do not have to have an ESTA.
What to do in case of refusal of your ESTA request?
In case your ESTA request has been refused, you will be able to know the reason by writing to the DHS Travel Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP). This national security service is the only body authorized to send you information on this subject. Unfortunately, neither the embassy or the consulate can assist you in this process.
If your ESTA request was declined due to a typing error or a wrong passport number, you will be able to complete the ESTA form again to correct your information, but you will have to pay file ($ 14). If no error is found during the seizure, your last resort will be to obtain a traditional visa from the embassy or the green card.