Things You Don’t Need To Do For Your ESTA
March 6, 2017
Finding out how to fill out the ESTA and making sure that you have everything in order can be stressful, but you can take some of this stress away by understanding the things you don’t need to with your authorization. Read more about visto USA.
First, you do not need to re-apply for two years unless something changes or you get a new passport. Changes such as a disease that requires reporting, a new country of citizenship, a new name, a new gender, or a criminal conviction are the only reasons that you need to apply for a new authorization. If you have nothing big happen in your life and decide to make multiple trips to the USA, you don’t need to worry about re-applying.
You don’t need to re-apply if you are going to be in the USA when your authorization expires. If you want to make another trip after you leave you will need another authorization, but the information is only needed for you to enter the USA. This is one of the many ways that it varies from a visa.
You don’t need to bring a printed out copy of the authorization with you. Anyone who needs the information will have access to it within a computerized system and will not need you to provide proof. However, you should print off a copy for yourself to make sure that you have your records in order. This is also a great way to check when it expires and to make sure that all of your information is correct.
You do not need to wait until the week before you are going to leave to apply. While most places will say you should apply within the week before you leave, you can apply at any time once you know you are traveling. If you find it too stressful to do things the week before you leave, you can do it a few weeks or even a month ahead of time. Just remember that the clock starts counting down on the validity once you are officially approved to enter the country.
Finally, you don’t need to fill out the form I-94W when coming into the USA. You will still need to declare anything that you are bringing in to customs, but you can skip one of the longer forms. This is one of the ways that the ESTA actually simplifies your life.