Hoping someone could please help. I visited the US in 2015 for 2 weeks in August and I only noticed last year that the return stamp on the passport was put down as November which would mean I visited the States for 4 months approximately.

I am visiting the States again this December for 3 weeks and my ESTA was accepted. I am just wondering if the previous stamp showing 4 months will be an issue? If so, how can I amend this? I just feel that the IMO may see the passport when I get to the States and ask how I stayed 4 months on an ESTA when it is for 90 days.

Could someone please help?

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    What return stamp? The US does not stamp passports on exit.
    – phoog
    Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 20:57
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    What is the "return stamp"?
    – Crazydre
    Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 21:19
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    You can check your arrival and departure dates to and from the US here. If it shows a 2 week stay you will be fine. i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/history-search Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 22:07
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    I don't mean to be insulting, but are you sure the date is not in American format (MM/DD/YYYY)?
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 22:07
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    That's not your exit date, that's the 90-day limit date you got when you arrived. Aug 17 -> Nov 14 is 90 days (not 4 months).
    – brhans
    Commented Dec 1, 2017 at 3:05

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It doesn't seem like there should be any issue here.

The US doesn't stamp passports on exit, so no part of that shows how long you've been in the country. There is no "return stamp." The stamp shows the date you were admitted (August 17) and the date you were admitted "until" (the date you had to leave by): November 14. That's permission to stay for 90 days, which is exactly what you'd expect for someone entering under the Visa Waiver Program. You stayed for less, which is fine; nothing requires you to use all 90 days.

As DJClarworth points out, you can check your I-94 arrival/departure record online. This will show the actual records the US Government has for your stay, and will confirm they know you didn't overstay before.

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