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I am citizen of Turkey and I have tourist visa for Canada. But my flight is from İstanbul through New York than Toronto. So, do I need a US visa to for my transit journey. By the way We are not ESTA member? What should I do? thanks alot

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Yes, you need a visa. The United States does not recognize the idea of visa-free transit, you will have to go through Immigration and then go out again.

http://canberra.usembassy.gov/transit-visa.html

The US has a C-1 Transit Visa that's supposed to be used for cases like yours, but this is apparently just as is difficult, time-consuming and expensive to get as a regular visa.

Is there any way you can change your flight not to go through the US? There are plenty of direct flights from Canada to Europe.

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