Electronic System for Travel Authorization. This is a requirement if you wish to travel to the US from a designated "Visa Waiver" country.

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How, exactly, does the ESTA system work - specifically on arrival?

I am travelling to the US next week and want to check I have it right about how the ESTA system works. Other answers like this this one, describe what the process is and how to apply, but do not ...
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Returning to US with ESTA for second time

First of all, if similar question already exists, I apologize - please provide a link to the other question. Situation: I have been living in US for over 10 years (green card holder). My girlfriend ...
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EU citizen: my ESTA was not authorized, can I go to US by land?

I'm German citizen, planned to visit my gf in US and my ESTA wasn't authorized. I think I did stupid mistake while applying, didn't check properly my answers, contacted ESTA authorities to fix mistake ...
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Leave and return to Canada from the US and stopover in the US

I'm a German student and I will do a semester abroad in Canada (less than 6 months so I will not apply for a student permit, but only an eTA). I want to do weekend trips to the US (overland) at the ...
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Visit to US before F1 using the Visa Waiver Program

I am going to start a phd at the US with an F1 visa. University told me that I could enter the US only 30 days before the date on I-20. Since English is not my first language (and this would be a big ...
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Extending an ESTA

I am currently holidaying in USA and have entered the states on a ESTA visa waiver, I booked my return ticket two weeks after the 90 day ESTA expires (my fault) naively thinking it wasn't a big deal, ...
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Dual nationals under new US legislation, is my visa still valid?

I am a dual national of Iraq and UK, my ESTA was denied in 2010 for unknown reason. No explanation was given, therefore I had to go for visa in US embassy and I was granted 10 years valid visa with ...
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How could I have traveled to the US without having my ESTA checked? Is it really needed?

So I went on holiday to the USA last summer. I filled out an ESTA application online, which cost me 14 dollars due to processing costs and whatnot. I printed a copy of the approved PDF and put it in ...
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VWP entry from USA to Canada then back to USA

I am currently in NYC and by the time I intend to fly (2nd August), I will have been in the USA for 90 days. My plan is to go to Canada for a few weeks to visit friends and then return to USA for 2 ...
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Refused tourist visa And ESTA more Than 2 years ago, can i apply for ESTA Again?

I have a question about visiting USA. I am Lithuanian who lives in UK since 2007. I visited USA with ESTA waiver visa 3 times in 2010-2012, never over stayed or broke any rules, after my ESTA ...
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Travelling from USA to Canada and return [duplicate]

I have an esta. I am flying into USA, staying overnight before travelling to Canada by land arriving in Canada 12 hours later. I will be in Canada 100 days. Will I be able to return by land to USA to ...
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I had a ESTA, then applied for a US B-1/B-2 visa and was denied. Is my ESTA now void? [duplicate]

I only wanted to visit my son and new grandson and spend time with them. I feel now I cannot go an visit. The woman at the embassy did not even ask for any documents; she just basically said no, and ...
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Passport control: what airport is this?

I'd like to know what airport this is. In the image there seem to be three lines (besides the two clearly visible ones, the far left one says it's for US citizens, with some other text, and for ...
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eTA Application: Does declined US ESTA application count as “refused visa or permit”?

This question follows on from my previous question (see here for background). After having my ESTA (US visa-waiver) application declined, I did not apply for a full B-1/B-2 visa in order to attend the ...
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Do I need to change my ESTA address when visiting the US again?

I have an ESTA for my visit last Sept to NY and I know it is valid for 2years. I am going to Las Vegas in May, do I have to update the address at which I will be staying?
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Visiting the US after overstaying as a minor 13 years ago

I can't seem to find a story related to mine so here it is. I am 25 and a german citizen. In 1998 when I was 7 years old my family moved to the states and we stayed until early 2002 and left ...
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USA Global Entry member travelling with ESTA-only companion

Can a Global Entry-registered person choose to use the standard immigration lines? Context: My wife and I travel to the USA occasionally, sometimes together, sometimes separately. Currently we both ...
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Apply for ESTA during end of J1 grace period [duplicate]

I am a UK citizen currently working at a university in the US on a J1 visa. The 2 year visa period ends mid-September at which point I will also be finishing my job and returning to the UK. However, ...
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Does the 90 days VWP rule ever expire if you travel from the US to Canada?

I'm on a New Zealand passport. From most US Embassy webpages: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K., to travel to ...
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I'm arriving to the US by air, but departing via land. How do I end form I-94 now that it is only electronic?

I need to end my visa waiver period when leaving States to Canada so that I don't exceed the period of 90 days. But form I-94 is no longer a physical card, it's only online. How do I know or ensure ...
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Invalid mother's name provided in ESTA application. Do I need to reapply?

Just got my ESTA approved and realised for my parents I've put my mothers maiden name not her married one. Do I need to reapply?
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Travelling to the US on an L2 visa when separated

I have an L2 visa that's still valid and would like to visit my friends in the US in the next couple of weeks but unsure I'm able to use it. Unfortunately, I'm separated from my husband who has the ...
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Whilst on ESTA I was stamped a 6 month B2 visa, would this be considered overstaying?

I flew to Houston early last year on an ESTA waiver, and upon arrival the officer stamped me in writing B2 on my stamp with 6 months validity. I stayed 1 month and then travelled overland to Canada. ...
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ESTA approved on the same day as B-1/B-2 visa refused

I am writing because I have a question regarding my ESTA application and because I could not find a similar case online that would help me at this stage. I have never been to the U.S. so this would be ...
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Can I visit the US under the terms of VWP after previously being in Iraq for business?

Husband and I are going on holiday to Orlando with our kids in July. I was going to do our ESTA's online but because of new rules not sure if my husband needs a visa now. He works for an oil company ...
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Can I enter the US with a typo in my ESTA application?

I'm flying to the US in two days and just realized I made a mistake in my ESTA application (I'm a EU citizen). Specifically, I mistook an O (the letter) for a 0 (the number) when entering my passport ...
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ESTA Question: “have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by any other country”

If you changed your birth nationality and previously had a passport for the birth nationality, do you have to answer this question with "yes"? The difficulty is that the passport must be returned ...
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Traveling to US with ESTA but have an Iranian father. Do I need a visa instead?

I am a British citizen and have dual nationality with Hong Kong but my father is Iranian. Does this mean I also have Iranian nationality? I've never held an Iranian passport or traveled to Iran and he ...
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Using ESTA to enter the US, when I also have an expired K1

My fiancé and I decided we would not use the K1 visa as we were not quite ready to get married. It has now expired, but before it did, we told the embassy we were not using it, and the embassy said ...
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ESTA, first name confusion

I have gotten my ESTA approved, and understood that I were only to give the FIRST of our names listed under "Given names" in the passports. On the ticket and the passport information however, I ...
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If I have an ESTA approved for transit, can I visit a second time as a tourist?

I go to México in some time, and my fly tickets first I go from Peru to the US, because of that I require a visa to enter US. In my country I can apply for VWP, but I'm a little scared of getting ...
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Getting my J-1 authorised in the USA when I am travelling on an ESTA

I have a J-1 to start mid June 2016. I entered the USA to travel 28 days before its start date and had to get an ESTA. At the border they wouldnt do anything with my j1 as I am visiting at the moment. ...
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having Visa on expired passport & another valid pass and ESTA applicable which way to travel [duplicate]

A friend has a valid visa to enter USA but on expired passport. Also has a valid passport in a different country, this new country is allowed in ESTA. Issuing a new valid passport is complicated. ...
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I recently spent just over 2 months in the US using an ESTA visa, how long should I wait before re-entering? [duplicate]

I flew out to Seattle on February 13th and went to Canada April 11th, flew back to England April 19th. I would love to go to New York for a week on June 1st to attend a convention with some friends ...
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I was aprroved for an ESTA but THEN denied a US visa, can I still travel? [duplicate]

I applied for an ESTA and was approved, however the Question have you been arrested of an offence that caused serious damage to a person or building etc - I answered no as It was a fight I got into 18 ...
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Visiting the US twice under one ESTA? [duplicate]

I'm from the UK and will be visiting Florida for the second time this year to spend the summer under an ESTA. I have enough money to cover accommodation for two months and expenses without having to ...
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UK citizen, US company, living in UK: Can I use an ESTA?

So: I am a UK citizen I work for a US company I currently live in the UK and have no US visa What am I allowed to do when I enter the US on an ESTA? Am I allowed to work if I am getting paid in a ...
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Visa Waiver Program and working within the US [duplicate]

I am employed by a US company but live and work in the UK. I also get paid into a UK bank account. Can I travel to the US with an ESTA and remain under the VWP for business meetings or short term work ...
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Is my airport transit ESTA exceeded by staying Canada for 6 months? Can I travel back to USA? [duplicate]

Hello fellow travellers, I am a citizen of an EU country, currently studying an exchange program at a Canadian university. In January I flew from Berlin to Montréal via Chicago, where I waited 2 ...
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Can I reenter US with my ESTA? [duplicate]

I am traveling to USA in summer not with visa but only with ESTA. I will also be attending a wedding in Dominican republic which means leave for 2-3 days and then come back to US. Does my ESTA allow ...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

I wish to travel to the US and think I am eligible to do so under the Visa Waiver Program. I found a lot of information out there but am still having some trouble understanding how this works. What ...
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ESTA application status stuck at “Authorization Pending”. What can I do?

As a British citizen, I recently applied for an ESTA visa waiver in order for me to travel to and present at an academic conference in the United States. To my surprise, they have added additional ...
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Am I a repeat traveler in terms of ESTA?

I am currently travelling to the US and I have a EU passport. I also have a valid ESTA document. I fly from Germany to Chicago and continue with a domestic connection flight. Chicago Airport ...
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Do I need to provide a US contact when applying for an ESTA?

My friend has informed me there is a mandatory field for a 'US point of contact' (name and phone number) when he was applying for his ESTA. I don't see how they could make this mandatory as most ...
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12 weeks in America - What questions should I prepare for? [duplicate]

So, to put it simply I'm going to America for 12 weeks and staying with a friend and her parents the entire time. They've already agreed to feed me and pay for all my basic needs if necessary. I've ...
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Do I need to tell the USA I changed my name?

I changed my name recently (First and last due to simply disliking my birthname) and received my new passport. I visited the USA last year in December with my old passport and old name, do I need to ...
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Travelling to US under Visa Waiver Program using newly acquired citizenship

I am a Romanian citizen and I have recently acquired Hungarian citizenship as well. I was never a resident of Hungary. I have valid passports from both countries, but I have never used the Hungarian ...
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Visa waiver in US

I am in the US for 90 days on a visa waiver (ESTA). Can I leave the US for Mexico and return within the 90 days?
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Cruising from Canada to Alaska [closed]

We are flying to Canada and staying with friends, but during our stay we are cruising to Alaska and back. Do I need an ESTA?
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What is the purpose of asking the names of my parents on a USA ESTA application? [duplicate]

I have just applied (successfully) for an USA ESTA Visa Waiver as an UK Citizen. During the online application process it asked for the names of my parents as required information. What is the purpose ...