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I entered the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows me to stay in US for 90 days. I moved on to Canada after 30 days and I am now doing an extended stay in the Canada for 80 days. I would like to re-enter the US after my trip of 80 days in Canada. As I understand the VWP will have expired by then.

Since it is an extended trip to Canada (and obviously not crossing the border simply trying to extend my VWP) can I re-enter the US and restart a new VWP?

If not, do I actually have to leave Canada (for a non-neighboring country of the US) within the 90 days of my first entry under the VWP as I am still in the system and Canada doesn't count as a permanent leave from the US?

Thanks in advance for your help

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  • A visit to Canada doesn't reset the VWP clock. You need to leave the continent of North America to do that. As far as I can tell there's no period after which a stay in Canada will reset the VWP clock , although a friendly border guard might overlook things if you've been outside the US for 80 days. Don't rely on it!
    – user79658
    Aug 7 '18 at 4:10
  • Perhaps you can apply for a visa? It would be worth researching. I assume visas are available for situations where visitors aren't eligible for the VWP, which you technically wouldn't be upon your return. Aug 7 '18 at 4:20
  • Thanks for your answers. @CannonFodder, do we need to leave the continent of North America within the 90 days of the first visit to the US? or is it OK to leave after my stay of 80 days in Canada (which would mean a total of 110 days after my first entry in US). Thanks in advance!
    – skuallpa
    Aug 7 '18 at 11:42
  • @JimMacKenzie, We tried to get an appointment for a B-2 Visa, but they don't have appointment available for me, since they seem to prioritize Canadians citizens for appointments.
    – skuallpa
    Aug 7 '18 at 11:42
  • @skuallpa Take a look at the first answer to this question, which covers it pretty well.
    – user79658
    Aug 7 '18 at 13:28