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Information collected on the ESTA Application.

Since 9/11, the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) has evolved from a travel assistance program concerned with the risk of money laundering to stronger security systems that are intended to anticipate terrorists and other criminals from abusing the Program. The necessity for all VWP travellers to complete an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) preceding venturing to the United States was presented by The Secure Travel and Counter terrorism Partnership Act of 2007 (part of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, otherwise called the "9/11 Act") (Pub. L. No. 110-53) to enhance the screening of individual travellers from VWP countries.

The DHS must be skilful and watchful in adjusting to the advancing dangers and perils. The DHS has not made a huge move up to the ESTA application in the six years that the framework has been in operation, in spite of a critical advancement in terrorist and criminal threats to the United States. The DHS has discovered that the extra information fields on the ESTA application will improve the DHS's capacity to screen and more precisely and adequately recognise travellers who represent a potential security threat to the country.