Does ESTA send email about application status?

TL;DR: No.

I recently applied for ESTA, and just like Canadian eTA, I expected some mails to arrive on my inbox. Nothing appeared, so I checked my status after few minutes, and surprisingly, it was approved. Confused, I googled, and some source said “You should’ve got it”, and given I didn’t receive anything, I sent an email to CBP.

The response I got is as follows:

There are no emails sent during the authorization process, other than the group ID number if you have submitted a group application.

So, no. If you are applying as an individual, you won’t get an email about your status, and even if you are applying as a group, you will (probably) only get an email about your group ID1.

Copyright: Response of CBP (in blockquote) is assumed to be US Federal Government employee work for hire, thus probably in Public Domain in United States. (I’m not a lawyer, and this is not a legal advice)


  1. (probably) because I haven’t applied as a group yet.