How to get the ESTA USA

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Recently, I'm receiving emails from visitors who have been "scammed", because they have been charged $ 80 for doing the ESTA USA process when in fact only worth $ 14 and is valid for 2 years. So that you can do it on your own, and do not be fooled, I have created this article where step by step I will indicate how you have to fill in the ESTA, how to pay it and how to know that you have been accepted for the trip.

What is ESTA USA?

For those who do not know what it is, the ESTA is a travel permit that is mandatory to travel to the United States, and that greatly simplifies the entire process because for stays less than 90 days does not require a visa. ESTA is only accepted for the following 37 countries: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands , New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan [1], United Kingdom.

If your nationality is not that of any of these countries, you will have no choice but to go to the United States Embassy in your country and apply for a visa.

How is the ESTA filled? Start of the process

To enter the application, you must go to the official website of the ESTA, https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ This is the page you arrive at, in the year 2018 looks like this. Have your passport and credit card handy to complete the process of ESTA USA.

We will press the button first New request to start the process:

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This will take us to an area of ​​the page, where we have to indicate the type of request, normally it will be our request, because we are not an agency, so we will press the button Individual Application:

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Before starting the process, we have to accept the following security notification, by pressing the button Confirm and Continue:

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And accept the disclaimer and the Travel Promotion Act, giving Si after reading the text and pressing the button Next:

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Step 1: Applicant data

In this step, we will ask for our personal data, so we will have to have our passport handy. We start by introducing our name and surname, as they appear in the passport:

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Next, ask us if we are known by any other name or alias, usually our answer will be no, but people who have changed their name should enter this information. Then asks us for all the passport information (date of birth, number, ...) that we must enter exactly as in the passport. In the field National identification number we must include, for example in the case of Spain, the NIF. Finally, they ask us if we have had another passport with another nationality, normally we will answer that No, but if you had a nationality before and now you have another, you must include this information:

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Here they ask you again if you have any other nationality, normally we will answer No, but if you had another previous nationality, you should indicate it. If you have access through the Global Entry program (usually diplomats) you must indicate it in this step, normally we will answer this question with a No:
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Next, you have to indicate the name and surnames of your parents, your current address and a contact email:

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Optional, you can indicate your users in the most well-known social networks (Facebook, Twitter, ...) Finally, you must give the information of your current job (name of the company, address, position and a contact number within the company)
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By giving Next, the following error will appear, but do not worry 😃

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The system normalizes the addresses you have entered, and will post a message of this format in each of them. If you forgot to fill something, it will appear in red:
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After reviewing it, we move on to the next section

2 Pass: Travel information

In this step we have to indicate the basic information of our trip. First of all, they ask us if we are only in transit or are we going to stay in the United States:
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Then, if we are going to stay in the United States, he asks who we are going to visit. If it is a family member or friend, we will give your information at the point of contact and the address where we will stay at the address of your stay, and if it is not and it is a tour of tourism we will give the information of the first hotel where we go to stay in the United States, both in the information of the point of contact and in the address during the stay:
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Finally, we will give the information of a contact person in case of any unexpected or emergency case, here I recommend you give the data of a direct family member, on the phone you have to indicate the international country code, which for Spain is 34:

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After entering this data, and give next, we again give an error message as in the previous step, not to be scared again 😃

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As before, the addresses entered have been normalized, revised and re-given to Next to continue to the next step:
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3 Step: Eligibility questions

Here they ask us some questions in which we have to answer with a Yes or a No:
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Finally, we have to accept the transfer of the data and confirm that all the data and answers are true:

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Step 4: Review of the request

In this step, we have to review section by section all the data we have given, and confirm again that they are correct. Please, check all the information correctly, an incorrect information such as the date of birth or the passport number will invalidate the ESTA:
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When you have reviewed the section, you must press the button Confirm and Continue:
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and when you have reviewed everything, this verification section will appear where you will have to enter some data again:

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5 Step: Payment

Before you check anything, you should proceed to pay the $ 14 that the ESTA costs. The following screen will appear, accept the disclaimer and press the button Pay now:
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You can pay with Paypal or with a Credit Card. If you pay with a credit card, you get this screen, in Country you must include your country in English:

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After entering the data of the card, you get a confirmation screen to authorize the payment:

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If the payment is ok, you will get this screen with the pending authorization, please print or download this screen because the application number will be needed to check the status of your request later:
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Check the status of your ESTA USA

Normally the response of the request is quite fast, but it can take up to 72 hours. To check the status, you must re-enter the official website of the ESTA, https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ but now press the button Verify Request in Process:

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It will send you to a screen where you will choose Verify Individual Status:

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This will take you to a screen where you will be asked for the information of your application, which you have in the request that you saved:
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If everything went well, and you have the authorization to travel, a screen like this will appear:
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Although it is not mandatory, I usually print this screen or the whole application, clicking on View, and here the whole process ends to obtain the ESTA USA. Here they also tell you what is the expiration of your ESTA, 2 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

And if I make another trip before the ESTA USA expires

In this step, you must enter the same as to check the status of your request, and in the last screen, click Update to change the data and include the data of your new trip, similar to a new application. The advantage is that you will not have to pay at the end of this update.