The ESTA that I entered the States on back in October was due to expire on January 8th. As I wished to stay a little longer (an extra couple of weeks) I searched the internet to see how this was possible.
On another forum I read that you could create a new ESTA, resetting the 90 days, by just filling in a new ESTA form and paying another $14, over-riding the dates already in place. I did this at the beginning of December, thinking it would give me until the end of February to leave the country. I now see that this was not intended for use as an extension and that it is instead intended for people who have not yet entered the country and wish to change their dates.
If I now attempt to 'retrieve' my ESTA online using the original application number it states that is has expired. I guess because I over-rode it with a new application. Am I now in breach and does this mean I will not be able to re-enter the country?
Also, I wanted to fly to Mexico, and then travel around Central and South America and then come back to America (maybe sometime in May or June) and fly home. I understand that Mexico is included in the visa waiver region - even though I will be travelling to other countries, will this also affect my ability to return to the country? Would it be better for me to fly to another country (I've heard Costa Rica is not included in the visa waiver region) and then travel to Mexico later - would this make a difference?
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.