Department of Homeland Security

Established in 2002, in response to the attacks of September 11, the US Department of Homeland Security has a well – defined role: in charge of organizing but also ensuring the country ‘s internal security , it includes no less than 15 agencies. and remains in the service of President Donald Trump. He is indirectly responsible for the management of formalities for the USA .


What is DHS?

The missions of DHS are varied but it is, among others, responsible for managing the visa waiver program (VWP) . By filling out their ESTA form, travelers submit their personal information to the DHS which processes it and validates or not their requests for a specific purpose: to prevent terrorist attacks and prevent all acts that could come to disturb public order.

The ESTA has a double advantage for travelers benefiting from the VWP program: it facilitates the steps to be taken before short trips and, above all, it guarantees border security for the well-being of all.

Here is a screenshot of the header of the DHS website for you to identify and discover the main menu of the site:

Homeland Security Department website header
Homeland Security Department

Security and information sharing

The confidential information collected under the ESTA is secure and subject to the strictest controls . However, they can also be shared with the State Department (DOS) if a claimant, having been denied his ESTA, ultimately applies for a visa from the US Government. DHS may also share this information if it considers that it contributes to the enforcement of civil rights or criminal law .

Regardless of the context or reason for these communications between offices, federal agencies or local agencies, any sharing will be done under the privacy legislation and the registration notice system (Federal Register of June 10, 2008). ).

Note: If your personal information is changed during the validity period of your ESTA, you will have to renew your authorization request to modify the information sent to the US authorities.