I am a postdoc in Israel (while my passport is Portuguese) and I need to visit the US: while filling out an ESTA (for the first time), I discovered I needed to list any jobs I currently work.
I thought of listing my postdoc, but the visa I got for Israel is a student visa, and when I got it the consulate was very emphatic that I could not work while staying on Israel (however everything was done in an orderly manner: the consulate knew I was going to do a postdoc, the university itself instructed me to get the student visa, so I assume that, in Israel, a postdoc is not considered a job).
I searched for an answer to this question online, but I always find instead answers to the question of how to obtain a visa to be a postdoc in the US, what I am not planning to do: I am only visiting while being a postdoc elsewhere.
So, my question is: should I list my postdoc as a job in my ESTA?
- Is a postdoc even considered as a job by the US?
- Could I face any problems in Israel by listing it as a job?
- And, if I was supposed to list my postdoc as a job but decided not to do it, would my chances of getting my ESTA accepted be reduced?
Update: I had no problems going through security after arriving in the US, it was actually surprisingly smooth. In a few days I will be able to update the question with whether I had problems getting back to Israel.
Update 2: Just for closure, everything went perfectly fine when reentering Israel, listing the postdoc as a job was indeed the correct option.