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No, it's technically illegal, any sort of work in the United States requires a visa. From the B-1 criteria defining "business", which apply to VWP holders as well: This covers a wide range of activities such as attending meetings, consulting with associates, engaging in negotiations, taking orders for goods produced and located outside the United ...


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Even if it is not legal, enforcing such is downright impossible. You sit at the laptop and type. The money is paid out in the UK to a UK account. There's exceptionally little the US authorities can hold on to.


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No, you do not need an ESTA. In this context, "transit" means travelling from country A to country B with a stop in the USA on the way. You are already in the USA and are not intending to enter or leave, so your flight is a domestic flight. The ESTA and VWP rules do not apply. As a domestic flight passenger, you will not encounter US Customs and Border ...


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There's no hard and fast law. Is visiting friends a valid reason? Sure, whatever you consider valid, as long as it's legal under US law, is up to you, it could be sand grain counting if you wanted. What it comes down to, and what we say to a lot of people asking on here, is that it is up to the immigration officer on the day's discretion. That sounds ...


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If you qualify for a VWP/ESTA then visiting in order to conduct forms of business where you aren't being paid is normally permissible: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries* to travel to the United States without obtaining a visa, for stays of 90 days or less for tourism or business. ... The following are examples ...



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