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Authorization Approved:

Your travel authorization has been approved and you are authorized to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. The system displays confirmation of the application approval and a payment receipt notice showing the amount charged to your credit card. A travel authorization does not guarantee admission to the United States as a Customs and Border Protection officer at a port of entry will have the final determination.

Travel Not Authorized:

You are not authorized to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program.

Authorization Pending:

Your travel authorization is under review because an immediate determination could not be made for your application. This response does not indicate negative findings. A determination will usually be available within 72 hours. Please return to this Web site and click “Check ESTA Status”. Your application number, passport number, and birth date will be required to check the status of your application.

 

Although the Electronic System for Travel Authorization will usually return an Application Status within 72 hours, you will need to check that status on the ESTA website. To check your ESTA status, go to the ESTA homepage and click “Check Existing Application” and then “Check Individual Status”. On the next screen, enter the passport number, date of birth, and application number. If you did not receive or cannot locate your application number, click “I Do NOT know the Application Number”. You will then need to enter your passport number, country of citizenship, passport issuance date, passport expiration date, and date of birth. The three possible responses to an electronic travel authorization application are:

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