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Old 09-16-2009, 12:19 PM   #16
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Any change of name or passport details means that you have to apply for a new ESTA authorisation.
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:10 PM   #17
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Hi all,

I have just completed my ESTA's - the next screen after the questions is the reference number that is issued, you make a note and then click apply. The reference number is handy if you need to progress the application ( should that situation apply) However, all ours were fine.

Just a quick word of warning also, before I knew the official site, the one that Pegasus posted, I saw quite a few unofficial sites asking you to apply through them, but asking for a fee ( and then of course getting your passport details) PLEASE DO NOT USE, the correct site is FREE,
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:59 AM   #18
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Hi all,

I have just completed my ESTA's - the next screen after the questions is the reference number that is issued, you make a note and then click apply. The reference number is handy if you need to progress the application ( should that situation apply) However, all ours were fine.

Just a quick word of warning also, before I knew the official site, the one that Pegasus posted, I saw quite a few unofficial sites asking you to apply through them, but asking for a fee ( and then of course getting your passport details) PLEASE DO NOT USE, the correct site is FREE,
Thank you for updating this and letting people know what to expect after the screen shots on the OP.
Also very good advice about making sure you go to the official site. There are a lot of sites out there offering to fill in all the forms on your behalf for a fee - and you have no idea what will happen to your details once you submit them.
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Old 09-29-2009, 11:38 AM   #19
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the next screen after the questions is the reference number that is issued, you make a note and then click apply.
Just to clarify (as I've just completed applications for my daughter and her family), after inputting all the information you're taken to a screen which requires you to check it all and re-input the passport number. The screen after that then quotes the reference number, which you're advised to make a note of before hitting the "apply" button. You're then taken to a screen which confirms that authorisation has been granted and you're given an opportunity to print the ESTA (which contains all the information you've input, together with the reference number). I fully intended to take screen grabs of all the stages, but completely forgot once I got into it.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:51 PM   #20
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well done Kenny!!!

You're all very lucky to be from a visa waiver country!!

My daughter in law just had to apply for an actual visa to the US (she's from Chile).

Poor girl had to go into the US Embassy for an interview all by herself.
My son thought he'd be able to go in with her (that was what he was told when he spoke with someone there). But when they got to the embassy, she had to go in by herself. It's a very daunting place with almost no signs at all - and given that she doesn't speak English, what few signs exist are of no help to her.

anyway, she was in there for 3 hours - 2 of them just waiting for her interview (for which she had an appointment - but still you wait).
The interview was easy of course, since after all, she IS married to an american. Once she said they were going on their honeymoon to the US and the counsel noticed that her husband's an american, the interview took no time.
then she had to wait in line to pay and fill out the courier forms for her passport to be sent back to her.

Meanwhile, my poor son was walking the streets for 3 hours as he waited for her, not knowing what had happened (no cellphones permitted in the embassy).

anyway, long story short, she received her passport back within a week - with her shiny new 10 year multiple entry visa inside.
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and now they're all ready to see the mouse - once they finally have a break from work and school that is. But at least they know uncle sam will let them in
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That is good - it all worked out well in the end.

I have heard of people going to the embassy in London for their visas and having to wait hours, despite the fact that they have an appointment.

It does make me feel lucky that we have the waiver system - though how long that will last is anybodys guess
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:04 AM   #22
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We got ESTA'd last year and I have very stupidly not kept a record of the numbers. Is there any way of finding out what they are or can we simply apply again?
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We got ESTA'd last year and I have very stupidly not kept a record of the numbers. Is there any way of finding out what they are or can we simply apply again?
The following link will take you direct to the US Customs and Border Protection FAQ regarding this question.

https://help.cbp.gov/cgi-bin/customs...i=&p_topview=1

As you will see it says that if you have lost, or cannot find, your authorisation number then you will have to reapply and your old number will be automaticaly cancelled.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:27 AM   #24
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The following link will take you direct to the US Customs and Border Protection FAQ regarding this question.

https://help.cbp.gov/cgi-bin/customs...i=&p_topview=1

As you will see it says that if you have lost, or cannot find, your authorisation number then you will have to reapply and your old number will be automaticaly cancelled.
Many thanks. Phew!
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Old 10-09-2009, 11:46 PM   #25
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Thanks for posting this

My friend & I are going to New York early next year. We haven't finalised dates but can we apply for the ESTA now or do we have to wait until its booked. Also what is the turn around time for approval?

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You don't need specific dates to do your ESTA as it lasts for 2 years and can be used for multiple trips.
The approval should come with seconds of you submitting your application however in some cases people have had a to wait a couple of days.
I'm not sure why there is sometimes a delay but one thought is that your name is the same as someone elses who has maybe been a bit 'naughty', so it needed a bit of time to check that everything as OK.
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You don't need specific dates to do your ESTA as it lasts for 2 years and can be used for multiple trips.
The approval should come with seconds of you submitting your application however in some cases people have had a to wait a couple of days.
I'm not sure why there is sometimes a delay but one thought is that your name is the same as someone elses who has maybe been a bit 'naughty', so it needed a bit of time to check that everything as OK.
Thanks for that. The TA was implying to my friend it can take 12 weeks to be approved We should be fine as we are both police checked for our jobs
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Thanks for that. The TA was implying to my friend it can take 12 weeks to be approved We should be fine as we are both police checked for our jobs
Maybe it would be an idea for all TAs to submit their own application purely so they can have some idea as to what they are talking about.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:15 PM   #29
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Thank you for all this info
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I know this probably sounds a very thick question but we applied at the beginning of the year for our trip to California. Now we are going again do we have to update anything on our ESTA? ie address where we're staying etc? I'm pretty sure I know the answer but I just want my (And DBf's) mind setiing at rest!
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