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Homeland Security (DHS)

ESTA Information

If you wish to register with ESTA then please visit Before attempting to register, please first check your eligibility to travel under the Visa Waiver Program.
If you are looking for background information on ESTA including the What is ESTA videos then please look at our About ESTA page.

Bureaus within DHS

  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP) As the single unified border agency of the United States, the CBP mission is vitally important to the protection of America and the American people.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Protects the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and publishing immigration service polices and priorities.
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation's border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.
  • U.S. Secret Service The Secret Service protects the President and Vice President, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, Vice President's Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events.

Planning to Immigrate ?

  • If you plan to immigrate to the United States or are seeking information on immigrant visas, then you need to see the Immigrant Visa section.

Travelers Redress

  • The DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS-TRIP) is a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during their travel screening at transportation hubs--like airports and train stations--or crossing U.S. borders.

    Full information on this program is available on the DHS-TRIP website.