Posted on February 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM at my own website:
Topic: The ESTA program - which is used by non-visa non-Americans required to register when they are planning to travel to the U.S.
Sub-topic: The ESTA program's reminder
I thought I should publish a short note to let those interested know that, although the ESTA online registration process may have its challenges in the user-friendliness category, it scores well for (1) knowing what date you registered last, and (2) notifying you by e-mail 30 days before your registration is about to expire with useful information.
The notification would remain a problem for anyone who has not continued to use the same e-mail address with which they registered with ESTA earlier. We do have a tendency to move, change employers, etcetera.
Thus, if you are registering online with ESTA for the first time, I suggest that you use an e-mail address that you can plan (in advance) to continue to use, regardless of changes in employer, internet service provider, etcetera. Examples of such: yahoo.com, gmail.com (Google), or hotmail.com.
Other tips are appreciated - feel free to e-mail me with your ESTA story, problem or solution.