Grounds for Ineligibility
- From time to time, potential travellers may be denied the ability to fly, even if they seem to have matched all the ESTA requirements. This can be due to several issues, including past criminal records or specific medical problems. It can also be those who have had issues with visa abuse in the past, or those who have had prior instances of deportation from the US.
- Guests may also encounter difficulties if they visited the countries of Yemen, Iran, Somalia, Syria, North Korea, Iraq, Libya, or Sudan during or after the date of March 1, 2011.
- Finally, folks with dual nationalities from countries such as Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria are completely barred from participating in this program.
Even if you find that you do not meet all of the above-listed criteria, there may still be options for you. It is up to you to research the many different travel & visa options that may still be available.
If you are looking to stay inside of the country for longer than the ESTA is valid, earn a college degree, or become a working member of the United States, it is required that you pursue alternate visa options.
Ultimately, any applicants who have been denied the ESTA Application are more than welcome to apply to any alternate visa options available to them. Generally speaking, applicants who have received a denial are also sent additional instructions & possibilities for successfully traveling to the US.