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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Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?

A colleague accidentally purchased a US ESTA from a scam site that I won't dignify with a link, charging him $31. (The official site charges just $14.) Like most scam sites, the site actually did ...
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Can I be banned from reentering the US because I didn't use my return ticket, but bought a one-way for a later date instead?

I am in NYC right now and have been since Friday the 9th. I traveled with a friend who booked return tickets, and we were scheduled to leave on the 16th. I have, however, been asked to hang out with a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is volunteer work allowed in the US while visting under the VWP?

I am going to Santa Monica for 4 weeks to polish my English in July and would like to volunteer at the Planetary Society located in Pasadena. I am a Swiss citizen and have a biometric passport. ...
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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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Entering the USA by land border

I'll do a two week trip from Europe to Toronto and will fly back from New York. I plan to enter the US at Niagara Falls using a Greyhound bus (or Amtrak train alternatively). I meet all requirements ...
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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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Does parents' family name refer to mother's married name or maiden name on VWP/ESTA form?

The updated visa waiver form asks for my parents' "family" name, as shown below. Does this mean my mothers birth family name or her married family name?
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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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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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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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Visiting my Girlfriend in the US for two months - what's the likelihood of a problem?

I am from England and I met a girl from the USA online. This summer, I went to visit her for two weeks, and on arrival was not let through the main barrier, and instead had to go through to another ...
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After renewing an ESTA, do I have to do anything for Global Entry too?

As per this CBP FAQ entry for Global Entry, I know that if you renew your passport (but not change your name), you need to log into the GOES website to record your new passport details. Fairly soon, ...
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Do I need to apply for a new ESTA when flying from a different airline?

When I made my ESTA application half a year ago (so within the 2 years), I flew from Japan. I had to enter the details about my Airline and from where I departed. I'm going there again (this ...
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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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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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Do I need to declare both nationalities when travelling to the U.S.?

I have a Swiss and German passport and want to travel to the U.S. but only with my Swiss passport. Do I need to declare the German nationality in the ESTA application? And if so, would I need to take ...
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How can the US immigration officials know one has visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan?

Now that H.R. 2029 is in effect, people who have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan since 2011 are banned from entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program. However it's unclear to me how could the ...
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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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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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Why do they now ask for parent's names on the US ESTA application?

The ESTA application form now asks for parent's names. My parents are both dead, and I am 66 yrs old.
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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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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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ESTA approved, despite new rules? do we have to apply for visa?

I am a Danish citizen but born in Iran of Iranian parents but have not traveled to Iran. My children are born i Denmark and have only Danish passport and never visited Iran. We have approved our ESTA ...
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Does a non-American 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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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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ESTA State/Province/Region required but there is no sensible answer

I'm filling out an ESTA for travel the the US later this year. I've done this before but they've recently added several new fields, including address in home country. Iceland in my case. The problem ...
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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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Visa for taking the New York Bar Exam?

I will be sitting the New York bar exam in a week and just sorted out my ESTA stuff online. I was wondering is my purpose for travelling covered under the Visa Waiver Programme. Do I need a different ...
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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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What “National Identification Number” to enter in an ESTA application, for a German?

I’m trying to complete an ESTA application (German citizen). One of the questions asked is about a National Identification Number, with this explanation: Enter the number on your identity ...
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United Airlines' online check-in procedure : “stay” or “transit” for one night?

I have booked flights which involve me transiting through the USA (Newark) en route to Costa Rica. My itinerary includes an overnight stay in New York; I'll be spending the night with relatives. I ...
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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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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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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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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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If I enter the US by land, not needing ESTA, would I then need ESTA to enter by air 3 days later?

I am a UK citizen, and therefore qualify for the USA's Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If I enter by air or sea I need to apply for (and pay for) ESTA beforehand. If I enter by land, I don't need ESTA. ...
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ESTA is valid but the Visa was denied- can I travel to the USA?

I was denied an O-1 Visa (Artist Visa) to the USA twice in the past year and a half. I applied for the O-1 Visa with my Israeli Passport. In addition, I have an European passport and a valid ESTA. I ...
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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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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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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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Do US->Canada train tickets qualify for ESTA?

We are a family of four from Denmark flying in to California mid July. We will rent a car in LA and travel to Seattle over 3-4 weeks. From Seattle we will mid-August leave USA via train for Vancouver, ...
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Updating ESTA details for second visit to USA

My ESTA is valid until Jan 2016. I am holding an Australian passport valid until 2017. I already made one trip to USA in May 2014. I will travel from Australia to USA in Sep 2015. I have updated ...