ESTA Travel permit online application

Check or Update ESTA Status

Visitors to the United States can check ESTA status online and can update certain information on their travel authorization if needed. Check ESTA status or update by clicking on the button that relates to your specific request.

If you have made a mistake while applying for your ESTA Visa (such as typing a wrong passport number, expiry date, issuing date, or name) then you will need to re-apply for a new ESTA. In this situation, your original application will become invalid once the new one is submitted. However, certain types of information can be updated after the application has been approved, such as your email address and address when staying in the US.

ESTA travel visa application in three easy steps:

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Step 1
Start Online ESTA Application
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Step 2
Make Online Payment
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Step 3
Receive ESTA By Email

What Information can you change when you update ESTA Application?

Prior to submitting an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) application with the required payment information, you can update all application data fields except the passport-related information. Once an application is completed and submitted with all the required payment information, you can change any one of the following fields:

  • E-mail address
  • Address while in the United States
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Can you check if your ESTA is still valid?

It is possible to review, renew, and correct the data of an application prior to submission. However, once an application is approved and your travel authorization is issued, you can only update your address while in the United States. If an applicant made a mistake related to passport details, a new application must be submitted and the ESTA fee must be paid again. Any other mistakes may be corrected or updated by using the update function.

Filling out ESTA without mistakes

  • Pay attention to your identification number. The National ID is a number that appears on an identification card, such as a passport or ID, issued by your home country. In the majority of the countries, identity cards should contain your personal information as well as a photograph. This document contains the National Identification Number.
  • Make sure you spell your first and last names correctly. Please keep in mind that the first name field should only contain your first name. The first name provided must be the same as the name on your passport. For example, even if your name is Anna Maria Rosario, only enter Anna.
  • Double check the information regarding your citizenship if you are a dual citizen. You do not need a second valid passport for the country in which you have dual citizenship. However, you should provide the country name in the form. If travelers do not hold a valid second passport, they should enter "DOES NOT APPLY" or "DOES NOT EXIST" in the field.
  • Please note that since November 2014, the flight details in an already approved ESTA cannot be changed. This means that if you return to the United States, you will be unable to update your departure/arrival ports. It is currently permitted to update the U.S. address listed on your existing ESTA.

Even if you are not flying to the arrival or departure ports specified in your accepted ESTA, your travel authorization remains valid for two years.

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How to find out and update ESTA status?

In most cases, New Zealand citizens can verify your ESTA NZ status instantly after making the payment. If that’s not the case, you should be able to confirm your status within 72 hours. In overall, there are only three alternatives for your ESTA application’s status:

  • Authorization Approved
  • Travel Denied
  • Authorization Pending

After you pay, you will see a number that you should write down. It’s the so-called “application number,” and you’ll need it to check the status of your ESTA. If you do not have your application number convenient for future reference, please ensure that you can provide the following information:

  • applicant’s name
  • date of birth
  • passport number
  • country of issue
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Why is my ESTA denied? Can I Update ESTA Application?

The most important aspect of USA travel plans for New Zealand citizens is obtaining an ESTA. It is critical that you finish your ESTA application properly in order for it not to be denied. You may believe that it cannot occur to you, however, there are a few circumstances that can result in an ESTA permission being denied.

The Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of ESTA, will not provide you with a particular reason to dismiss your application. The specifics of your ESTA rejection cannot be obtained from US embassies or consulates. The most frequent reasons for ESTA application denial are listed below:

  1. You have previously overstayed your ESTA or spent time illegally in the United States;
  2. An ESTA has been already denied, and your situation and personal information have not changed since that time.
  3. A previous visa application to the United States was denied; for instance, you filed an application for a B-1/B-2 visitor visa but it was rejected at the US embassy.
  4. The responses you presented in the ESTA application were inaccurate or intentionally false, for example, you lied about your nationality.
  5. You stated that you have no criminal history, but the US government discovers that you do have a prior conviction;
  6. You insert a passport number that does not complement the one you currently have. Even a simple error, such as swapping two digits in one’s passport number, can result in a denied authorization.
  1. If you answer yes to one of the security questions on the application by mistake, even though you try to correct it later, your ESTA will almost certainly be denied.
  2. You have a contagious disease or deny having a communicable disease, and the authorities in the United States discover it;
  3. An ESTA will be rejected if you've used or handled illegal drugs, illegally attempted to enter the United States or attempted to assist someone illegally entering the United States, are entering the United States to work, or have previously illegally worked in the United States, and have ever been engaged in terrorist activities, spying, sabotage, or genocide.
  4. You have dual citizenship in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria.
  5. Since March 2011, you have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya.

Since January 12th, 2009, nationals and passport holders of all Visa Waiver Countries, including New Zealand nationals, have been required to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) prior to traveling to the United States (USA) under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). ESTA is an electronic system enhancing security and allowing the American government to continue the program for travelers to enter the USA without a visa. Over 99% of all travelers who have applied for ESTA have been approved. You can easily apply for an ESTA online.

Complete, Check and Update your ESTA Application

ESTA applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel to the USA, but not less than 72 hours prior to the departure. Once the application is approved, it will be valid for up to 2 years. Approved travel authorizations are valid for multiple entries to the United States.

An approved application can be verified and updated online once successfully submitted.

Check Existing ESTA | Update Existing ESTA

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