If I have an ESTA and I apply for visa and the visa is denied, is my ESTA still valid?

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    We are assuming that it was a US visa you applied for. Please correct the question if that wasn't the case. Commented May 22, 2019 at 20:09

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You must reapply for an ESTA. The DHS's answer to the question "When do I need to reapply for an ESTA?" states

When do I need to reapply for an ESTA?

A new travel authorization may be required in any of the following circumstances:


  • The circumstances underlying the traveler's previous responses to any of the ESTA application questions requiring a "yes" or "no" response have changed.

One of the eligibility questions being:

Have you ever been denied a U.S. visa you applied for with your current or previous passport, or have you ever been refused admission to the United States or withdrawn your application for admission at a U.S. port of entry?

  • + Excellent answer Commented May 22, 2019 at 16:26
  • What if they apply for a visa to a different country? The OP never specifies that the visa is for the US. Commented May 22, 2019 at 17:13

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