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The procedure to follow to renew an ESTA authorisation

The renewal of your ESTA is not an automatic procedure. In this article you will learn how to proceed with a renewal of this travel authorisation and when is the ideal time to complete this procedure.

If you have already had the opportunity to benefit from an ESTA travel authorisation to visit the USA and you wish to learn how to renew this travel document to again visit this country then in this article you will find the answers to all the questions you may have on this subject. We do of course cover all the major points such as the renewal of an ESTA after its expiry date or even during its validity period when this is necessary and you will find practical explanations on how to proceed with this renewal.


Is an ESTA automatically renewed when it comes to its expiry date?

Firstly let us start this article with a reminder of the validity period of an ESTA authorisation. In fact, once you have obtained a positive response to your ESTA application this authorisation is legally valid for a period of two years. This means that apart from certain cases that we shall examine later you do not need to renew your ESTA during this period and can therefore use it for several visits, stopovers and transits through the USA.

But what happens at the end of this validity period? In other words, is it necessary to renew your ESTA after these two years or is it automatically renewed? In truth there is no automatic renewal of your ESTA authorisation. It is therefore up to you to renew this travel authorisation when you need it by completing a new application online as if it was your initial application.

Of course, you are not required to renew this travel document as soon as your ESTA reaches its expiry date unless of course you plan to travel to the United States shortly afterwards. You can therefore wait to renew it until you really need it as you will be required to completely repeat the entire procedure in any case.


The cases whereby you need to renew your ESTA before the end of its validity period:

Now that we have explained that the ESTA is not renewed automatically at the end of its two year validity period let us examine particular cases whereby it is necessary to complete a renewal of this travel authorisation before its expiry date is reached.

In fact, although theoretically you can use your ESTA as often as you wish to travel to the USA during its two year validity period as long as you respect the underlying conditions of the ESTA system, it is necessary that all major personal details do not change from your initial application during this time. For example if you have changed your address, passport or your family name or if one of your answers to a question asked on the application form is no longer applicable then your ESTA, although technically valid, will not be considered as such and your boarding or right to enter American territory may be refused during your travel or on arrival.

Of course, certain information on your ESTA file can be modified without the requirement to renew this travel authorisation. However, the information that can be modified is limited and it is generally necessary to entirely repeat the application procedure.

This can be simply explained. For example if your passport number has changed following a renewal of your passport that has expired or been lost or stolen it is logically necessary to also complete a new ESTA application given that this electronic travel authorisation is digitally linked to your passport number. It is also imperative that the information relating to your identity on your ESTA is identical to that stated on your passport.

In the same way and given that the responses that you gave in the online questionnaire are used by the American authorities to examine the validity and conformity of this application and therefore evaluate your right to enter American territory, it is clear that any different answers will require a new examination of your application.


How does an ESTA renewal work and what is the procedure to follow?

Let us continue with the practical side of things by explaining how to renew your ESTA travel authorisation. When your ESTA expires or information on it has changed your right of entry onto American territory is subject to a new complete application and needs to be submitted for evaluation in the same way as with your first application.

You should therefore again visit a website that offers the application form in your native language such as the website we recommend here in order to complete the application form. In fact, no information from your previous ESTA application questionnaire will be kept and you will be required to answer each and every question asked. Do remember that you will be required to supply the number of your valid passport which should cover the entirety of your visit.

Once you have carefully completed your questionnaire you will need to submit it after completing the online payment of the costs and fees relating to your application. You will then need to wait a maximum of 72 hours before receiving a response from the American authorities by email to the address that you have given.

It should be noted here that if you plan to travel to the USA with your family or friends you can complete an ESTA group application to complete the procedure more rapidly and efficiently.


Why is a new payment required for an ESTA renewal?

Although the fees payable for an ESTA application are not excessive certain people may however ask why it is necessary to pay the entire amount again when it comes to the renewal of an existing travel authorisation. This is because that whatever the reason for the renewal and even if this is completed during the validity period of this authorisation payment is still obligatory. There is also no special price or discount for a simple renewal of an ESTA; it always costs the same as the initial application.

This is simply explained by the fact that an ESTA renewal is processed in exactly the same way as an initial application. Consequently, the American authorities, as well as the website you use to complete your application, need to complete the same work as with your first application so it is therefore logical that this new application is payable at the same rate as the first. 

It is however important to note that the price of your ESTA can vary from one website to another and it is therefore important to carefully choose the website you use to complete the application form by following the advice and recommendations we give later on.


Do you systematically obtain an ESTA when you apply to renew it?

Let us now pass on to another question that is asked by many visitors that wish to renew their ESTA and this relates to the probability of obtaining a positive response to your application. In fact, just because you obtained your ESTA with a previous or initial application this does not guarantee a favourable response to a later application. This renewal is actually an entirely new application and only the American authorities responsible for this system can decide whether or not to grant you the right to visit the USA.

However it should be noted that if nothing has changed in your situation since your previous application and the USA immigration laws have not changed then it is probable that you will again obtain the right to enter American territory with an ESTA.

The cases in which you risk obtaining a refusal relate to the non-respect of certain conditions implemented by this system such as a visit that is too long or an invalid reason for a visit. In these two particular cases you will still have the possibility of completing a visa application to visit the United States. But in other cases, such as litigation problems since your previous application, or health problems, or you have moved to another country that is not recognised by the American immigration authorities, or if you have been banished or expulsed from the United States during a previous visit then there is a strong probability that you will not be granted an ESTA or a visa.

It should however be remembered that, in the case to the contrary, an initial application that led to a refusal by the American authorities does not mean that you will obtain another refusal to this new application.


In which cases will you be required to apply for a visa instead of a renewal of your ESTA?

If you wish to renew your ESTA for a new visit to the United States you should first ensure that your situation and the reason for your visit comply with this programme’s conditions. In fact in certain cases it may be best to simply apply directly for an American visa instead of an ESTA travel authorisation.    

Concerning your situation, it should be remembered that the ESTA is only for citizens of member countries of this programme. If you have moved to another country since your initial application that is not a signatory to this agreement then you cannot benefit from this system but you can apply for a traditional visa, with the exception of certain countries.

Concerning your visit, it should also be remembered that this period must not exceed 90 days if you wish to use your ESTA. A visit for longer than this will require you to apply for a specific visa.

Finally, if your visit to the USA is for another reason other than tourism or business, or you wish for example to stay longer than three months or for permanent residency, working or following studies then you cannot renew your ESTA to do so and must follow the standard application procedure for a visa.

If you are in one of the situations that we have stated above then don’t waste time by applying for an ESTA, go directly to the visa application website. It is important to remember here that the visa application procedure often takes far longer than for an ESTA as it requires certain documentary proof and may even require a visit to the consulate or Embassy.


Should you renew your ESTA on the same website you used for your initial application?

To conclude this article relating to a renewal of your ESTA authorisation let us look at another question that is frequently asked by visitors relating to the website you should use to complete this renewal. In fact, many people ask if it is necessary to use the same website they used for their original application.

In reality it does not matter as this renewal procedure is identical to that of an initial application. You are therefore free to choose the website that you wish to use. For this we recommend that you take into account the following points:

  • The quality of accompaniment and the possible presence of a customer assistance service online to assist you with any queries.
  • The fact that the application form is available in multiple languages.
  • The rapidity of the transference and processing of your file to obtain an ESTA fast.
  • The amount of fees payable.
  • The possibility of obtaining a refund in the case whereby your ESTA application is refused.

The website that we have selected for you and that we recommend on our website reunites all these aspects and it therefore a judicious choice for renewing your online ESTA travel authorisation.