If you wish to travel to the US from a Visa Waiver country, you need to to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before you travel.

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Travelling to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to attend a job interview

I am a UK citizen who has been invited to the US for the purposes of an onsite interview in a few weeks' time. I have been looking online for an answer to this question and have found many conflicting ...
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90 Day rule on the US Visa Waiver Program not expiring if you go 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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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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How short notice can you fly to USA?

Is it possible to fly to the US this upcoming Thursday (todays Tuesday so about 3 days)? We've (My Dad and me) never flown to the US before, but my passport is valid and up to date. We're from the UK, ...
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Multiple visits to USA

I have visited Los Angeles, USA on 3 long stays using the ESTA programme, purely as a visitor. I have a British Citizen passport. The stays began in September 2012 and I left the last time in August ...
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My ESTA is expiring - how does one go about renewing it?

I got an email from the Department of Homeland Security(!) to say my two-year ESTA is expiring at the end of next month. Is there a way to just renew it, or do you have to go through the complete ...
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Overstaying ESTA Visa waiver in the US

I recently discovered that I will be over-staying my 90 day visa waiver by 2 days. My question is about leaving the country as I fly from NYC to LA before flying home to Australia and I'm wondering ...
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Can you re-enter USA on an ESTA?

I am visiting the US in August 2014 for a week, returning home to the UK & will then be visiting for another 2 weeks in October 2014. My question is, can I use the same ESTA or would I need to ...
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ESTA Application, what's it for, really?

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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Do you need to get a new ESTA when your passport is renewed?

A bit over a year ago I applied for (and got) an ESTA for travel to the USA, valid for two years. That validity takes the ESTA to pretty close to the end of the passport validity. I've just renewed ...
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ESTA Rejection on Arrival on Dual Passport?

The ESTA site has a stern warning: Important Reminder: Neither possession of a visa, nor meeting the basic requirements for traveling visa-free on the VWP guarantees admission to ...
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Do I need an ESTA for changing airplanes in Puerto Rico?

I'm a European citizen (from Germany) and I have a flight from Germany to Chile via Puerto Rico soon. I have a three hour stay at the airport and need to change the airplane (and flight operating ...
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Residence has changed - Must I re-apply for ESTA?

I have an old, but still valid ESTA, with the country of residence showing my home country. However, I have recently moved for education in the UK. Do I have to apply for a new one? Nothing else has ...
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ESTA application: country where I live

I'm a Lithuanian citizen, studying in the UK (though I did not officially change my country of residence here at Lithuania, so I guess I'm still officially living here) going on a research visit to ...
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What is the minimum passport expiry period when travelling to USA on an ESTA authorization from a previous visit?

I've heard that when travelling to the USA your passport must not expire within 6 months of travelling. Is this the case if you have a valid ESTA visa waiver program authorization from a previous ...
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Personal enrichment course for 90 days after 20 days stay under Visa Waiver Program

I just came back from my first journey to the US; I've been there for 20 days. Now I'd like to attend a personal enrichment course in music production that takes 88 days or so to complete. Ideally, ...
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ESTA - 90-day Visa Waiver for Australian

I am Australian and traveling on an Australian Passport, too. My current ESTA expires in September 2015 My 90 day VWP will be up at the end of June. I have spent the whole 90 days in both AZ and OR ...
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Do I need an ESTA to leave the USA?

I am a British Citizen who will be travelling to Canada and then onwards to USA by train and then returning to Canada by air. I am aware that I do not need an ESTA to enter the USA by train but do I ...
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Can I apply for B1-B2 visa if ESTA is still valid?

My daughter and I have ESTAs for USA, but for our upcoming trip I'd like to stay 5 months, I have previously held a B1-B2 visa, can I apply for a B1-B2 visa now if my ESTA is still valid (*until Oct ...
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ESTA approved on the same day as B-1/B-2 visa denied

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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With the ESTA visa-waiver for the US, what if you have a reason to need more than 90 days?

So I was looking at some long distance hiking trails in the US - the Pacific Crest and the Appalachian. Both require 5-7 months to hike the whole thing. This is fine for locals, but what about ...
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Have I invalidated my own ESTA and if I fly to Mexico does that mean I will not be allowed back into the States?

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 ...
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What happens if my ESTA expires on the day of arrival?

I'm French and will travel the 14th of June to the US. My ESTA expires the 14th of June 2013 and I'm wondering if my ESTA will be valid when I'll land in the US on the 14th of June 2013. Does ...
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Visa/ESTA with a dual passport

I currently have both an Australian and a British passport. I am studying in the United States, however, my visa expires on Dec 21 (there is a grace period until the Jan 21) but I am not allowed to ...
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UK citizen, living in India and working in India: Can I use an ESTA to work for 2 months in US?

So, I am an UK Citizen. Currently living & working in India. Can I use ESTA to work for 2 months in US for my employer's client in US? I will not be getting any salary or money for these 2 ...
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How to 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 dont surmount period of 90 days. But form I-94 is no longer physical card, its only online. How do I know or ensure that it ...
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Backpacking 46 days in the US with ESTA

I am a Greek citizen; this means that I have the chance to travel with ESTA. I have already bought my plane ticket and I will be in San Fransisco for 46 days, taking my backpack and travelling by bus. ...
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ESTA visa waiver program - choosing 'country where I live' while moving to another country

I'm travelling to Canada soon on a 2 year working holiday visa, and have a stopover in Chicago for which I'm required to obtain a visa waiver (I'm from Ireland). I need to enter the country where I ...
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Telecommuting with US with occasional visits on-site

I'm an independent European contractor and I'm currently working with a an Irish company who wants to send me to US for a couple of weeks in order to receive training from an American company (I work ...
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Going back to the USA on ESTA after K1 visa and marriage

I'm a US citizen and my wife is from Australia. About 3 years ago we applied for a K1 visa for her to come to the US and we had 3 months to get married, and we did that. However, after we got married ...
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Am I allowed to use my valid ESTA again for a short visit to the U.S. after being denied a B2 visa for 1 year?

I have a valid ESTA since February 2014 which is valid until 2016. I used it last month to visit the U.S. for 2 days. After that I applied for a B2 Visa to stay with friends for 1 year which has just ...
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Will I Need a Transit visa or ESTA for the US as a Canadian?

I'm a Canadian traveling from Toronto To Warsaw and I have connecting flights in New Jersey and Frankfurt. Will I need an ESTA or a Transit Visa?
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French student in Canada: going back home from NYC

I'm French, and I will continue my studies in Montreal during the next 3 years. Next year, I will go back to France for holidays, and I would like to take my flight from NYC. What are the ...
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I have ESTA. Do I need a visa for Costa Rica?

I am Taiwanese with Taiwanese passport. I will be traveling to USA with ESTA (not visa). However, my friends and I are planning to visit Costa Rica during our stay in USA. Would I be able to travel ...
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Traveling from EU to Canada with stop in US without return flight

A European citizen wants to fly from Europe to Canada with a change of airplane in the US. I already figured out that the the participation in ESTA is required (if the country is applicable). Does ...
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Transit in LA after 90 days in North America under VWP/ESTA

I am from NZ and have spent 90 days in the USA with an ESTA visa waiver, and I am going to Canada before returning to NZ. My return flight is from LA but I have already used my 90 days of my ESTA and ...
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I had a J1 trainee visa, can I go to Canada and come back with an ESTA?

I'm from Italy and I had a J1 visa for the US for a year and a half. Now it's expired (I'm in the grace period) but I want to stay longer in California to travel a little bit, because this year I did ...
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Australian living in canada, USA Visa Waiver Program?

I am an Australian citizen currently in the US on the VWP. My girlfriend (also an Australian citizen) and I are living in Canada on working holiday visas. We have been in the US for nearly 10 weeks, ...
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Crossing the US-Canadian border and back

My wife and I, citizens of Italy, will be traveling to New England for sightseeing. We will arrive and leave at/from New York JFK and rent a car. Since we would like to see Niagara Falls, we will need ...
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Visa J1 and ESTA during grace period

I am a French National and currently working in the US under a J1 visa. This visa will expire in May 30. I intend to leave the US to travel to central America and Mexico, then to reenter the country ...
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My ESTA approval if I have previously had a B1 rejection

I applied for a B1 visa to attend a conference in the USA in 2013. I had another nationality (Non- VWP) at the time and my B1 application rejected under section 306 of border security. I now can apply ...
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I am an Australian wanting to travel to Los Angeles for 3 months then south America for a couple of weeks before returning

If I leave to go to south America for say two weeks can I then return to America with a new tourist visa and a fresh 90 days?
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Is re-entry on a tourist visa after being in USA for ESTA for almost 3 months a problem?

I am in the States on ESTA, but I like it here and would like to stay longer and explore more, so I decided to travel to Canada to apply for a B1/2 visa to re-enter for longer period. MOST ...
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Overstaying on a US Visa Waiver Program [duplicate]

A friend of mine came from Australia on the WVP and stayed 92 days. I made a mistake booking Her flight scheduling a Saturday arrival/departure at DFW. This amounted to a 92 day stay and with no funds ...
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UK citizen travelling on ESTA program wants to make a side trip to Caribbean while in USA

My brother is a regular visitor from UK to USA and stays with me in NYC. We always take side trips maybe to Canada, Bermuda, Costa Rica etc and my question is will we be allowed a trip to Barbados for ...
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Vessel and carrier number on the ESTA form if travelling by car from Canada?

I am travelling by car to Michigan, US this summer but flying into Ottawa Canada. What do i put on the ESTA form? It seems to assume i'm flying into US. My initial thought was to put flight no. etc. ...
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Transiting US to Korea with ESTA

I visited(with ESTA) U.S. June-Sept(about 85 days) 2013 and revisited U.S. in Jan 1st 2014 and planning to go to Guatemala on March 27th. I'm planning to travel Guatemala for about 10 days and ...
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Dual Canadian and British citizen with only a British passport

I am both a British citizen and a Canadian citizen I live in the UK and only have a British passport. Will being Canadian with proof of Canadian citizenship alter the requirement to obtain an ESTA ...
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I need to get a 3 month extension on my ESTA visa

My cousin came to usa for a 3 month visit from Greece. For medical reasons, she must stay another 3 months before returning to Greece. She came on an ESTA visa. How can she get a 3 month extension to ...
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ESTA for Outward & Return transit. UK-USA-Costa Rica

We are travelling from UK to Costa Rica via USA. We have ESTA transit visas for the outward transit. Do we need to apply again when in Costa Rica for ESTA in order to complete transit on return leg to ...