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Unread 12 May 19, 05:10 PM  
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Glad that I found this thread to ask on here! My mum applied for her ESTA's today and realised that she has not put anyone's middle names. We go on holiday in August. Can she change this, and/or is it possible to re-apply? Not sure she wants to risk it on the chance that they are funny about it.
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You can choose to just do a new one but it's a personal choice. I wouldn't, but if it causes your mom any stress then it may be worth paying again.
Thank you - she's really stressed about it but I've recommended that she emails the embassy and fingers crossed they will respond the same. That way she can print the email and take it with her
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If anyone can point me to anything anywhere that says this was a change last year, then great. This must be something that literally only affects people on this forum as this issue exists 0 other places, Google is a dead end, nada. If it was a problem it would be all over the place, but there is literally nothing, including enforcement of it. Having been to LA and Orlando and not an eye being batted, and 0 reports of anyone anywhere being refused, I certainly won't be paying again any time soon to redo,
As previously mentioned, it isn't 'all over the place' or newsworth (yet!) as the DHS/CBP haven't fully enforced travel doc's match, whether they will/place a banner on the ESTA application home page, only they know. What we do know, albeit not when the update was applied, the DHS updated the ESTA application outlining their requirements behind the name ? As others have said, it would assist if they amended the visual question to clarify full names(s) vs behind the ?

One can discuss/be irritible re this update, or complain; 'I don't read the whole application, or ?'s, because nothing has changed for me'... irrespective of opinions/indignation/grumblings, the DHS/CBP have laid out their requirement, it's not open for second guessing travellers. The US aren't trying to frustrate travellers but they do expect one to fully read, and abide by, their ESTA application. There's a very simple alternative for those who object/chose not to abide, don't travel to the US.

Having fallen foul of a US imigration officer error, I'd prefer holidaymakers navigate immigration trouble free Being officer accompanied to Secondary is concerning at best, it was a harsh reminder that none are infallible.
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Will just mention that we did Estas in February this year and travelled in April getting back two weeks ago. I didn't include middle names (as didn't click on the ?) and we had not questions or issues.
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Thank you - she's really stressed about it but I've recommended that she emails the embassy and fingers crossed they will respond the same. That way she can print the email and take it with her
Why would they say anything other than the instructions that are contained in the ESTA?
They will say that you should have all the names as per instructions.
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I got esta's done back in March 2018

We are going again in feb 2020 and are back 24th Feb.

Will they still be valid for travel - we didnt put middle names in - as they where not required then, but believe this has now changed.

Has anyone traveled on an old Esta recently?

Any advice welcome.

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I got esta's done back in March 2018

We are going again in feb 2020 and are back 24th Feb.

Will they still be valid for travel - we didnt put middle names in - as they where not required then, but believe this has now changed.

Has anyone traveled on an old Esta recently?

Any advice welcome.

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Your ESTAs are valid.

If the middle name rule is enforced before you travel AND this is retrospective to all existing ESTAs then you will need to reapply.

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Originally Posted by thedriver View Post
I got esta's done back in March 2018

We are going again in feb 2020 and are back 24th Feb.

Will they still be valid for travel - we didnt put middle names in - as they where not required then, but believe this has now changed.

Has anyone traveled on an old Esta recently?

Any advice welcome.

TIA
Assuming that you haven't changed your passports since March 2018 and none of your other personal details have changed (eg. you haven't since been arrested for a serious crime), then the ESTAs will still be valid.

It is worth going onto the official ESTA website and checking that the ESTAs are still authorised (or accepted or whatever the term is). Just in case the status has changed.
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