You are about to access a Department of Homeland Security computer system. This computer system and data therein are property of the U.S. Government and provided for official U.S. Government information and use. There is no expectation of privacy when you use this computer system. The use of a password or any other security measure does not establish an expectation of privacy. By using this system, you consent to the terms set forth in this notice. You may not process classified national security information on this computer system. Access to this system is restricted to authorized users only. Unauthorized access, use, or modification of this system or of data contained herein, or in transit to/from this system, may constitute a violation of section 1030 of title 18 of the U.S. Code and other criminal laws. Anyone who accesses a Federal computer system without authorization or exceeds access authority, or obtains, alters, damages, destroys, or discloses information, or prevents authorized use of information on the computer system, may be subject to penalties, fines or imprisonment. This computer system and any related equipment is subject to monitoring for administrative oversight, law enforcement, criminal investigative purposes, inquiries into alleged wrong doing or misuse, and to ensure proper performance of applicable security features and procedures. DHS may conduct monitoring activities without further notice.
Collection of the information solicited on this form is authorized by Title 8 of the United States Code, whether or not codified. Specifically, Section 711 “Modernization of the Visa Waiver Program” of the “Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007” (“9/11 Act”) (110 PL 53) modifies the visa waiver program under section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187) to authorize this collection of information. The Secretary of Homeland Security is authorized to create the electronic travel authorization system and require aliens under the program to “electronically provide to the system biographical information and such other information as the Secretary of Homeland Security shall determine necessary.” (8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(11) as amended by 110 PL 53 sec. 711(d)). Collection of this information is mandatory for people from Visa Waiver Program countries who wish to travel to the United States.
The primary purpose for soliciting this information is “to determine the eligibility of, and whether there exists a law enforcement or security risk in permitting, the alien to travel to the United States. Upon review of such biographical information, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall determine whether the alien is eligible to travel to the United States under the program.” 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(11).
The information solicited on this form may be made available as a “routine use” to other government agencies to assist the Department of Homeland Security in making determinations about the alien’s eligibility to travel without a visa and for law enforcement and administration purposes. The information may be made available to the Department of State in the event the application is not approved, so that a determination can be made for issuance of a visa. Finally, the information may be made available to the carrier for verification of authorization to travel. A complete list of the routine uses can be found in the system of records notice associated with this form, “Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection - DHS/CBP-009 Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) System of Records.” The Department’s system of records notices can be found on the Department’s website at http://www.dhs.gov/system-records-notices-sorns.
Providing this information is not legally required to gain admission to the United States. However, aliens traveling without an electronic travel authorization will require a visa to gain admission to the United States.
When you browse, read pages or download information on The Department of Homeland Security's websites, we automatically gather and store certain technical information about your visit. This information never identifies who you are. The information we collect and store about your visit is listed below:
When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies. Some cookies collect personal information to recognize your computer in the future. This is not the case at Department of Homeland Security, where we only use non-persistent cookies or “per-session cookies.“ These cookies do not collect personal information on users and they are erased as soon as you leave our website. Per-session cookies serve technical purposes like providing seamless navigation through Department of Homeland Security. These cookies do not permanently record data and they are not stored on your computer's hard drive. Department of Homeland Security cookies are stored in memory and are only available during an active browser session. Again, once you close your browser, the cookie disappears.
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) protects the personal information the federal government keeps on United States citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) in “systems of records” (SOR). A SOR is a group of records that includes personal information an agency controls that is retrieved by the individual’s name or some other personal identifier. The Privacy Act regulates how the government can use, disclose, share, provide access to, and maintain the personal information that it collects. DHS, as a matter of policy, extends the administrative rights of the Privacy Act, including the rights of access and amendment, to aliens when dealing with mixed-use systems (systems housing information about both U.S. citizens/LPRs and foreign nationals). Not all information collected online is covered by the Privacy Act. Some of the Act’s major provisions require agencies to: