I'm an Australian citizen, and I hold an E3 visa to work in the US. Can I still travel to the US for a holiday on the visa waiver program?

  • Huh? Why do you want to travel with an ESTA when you have an E-3 visa already...? I don't understand this...
    – user4188
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 2:43
  • Thanks for commenting, but the problem isn't the why. I'd like to know if it's possible.
    – t56k
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 2:44
  • I wonder how you will answer the ESTA question "Are you seeking to work in the US?" Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 3:00
  • As @NateEldredge pointed out more clearly and I vaguely hinted at, the answer is very likely no but we can't give you an answer until we know more. Say, if your E-3 is valid from a future date and you want to attend a job interview on an ESTA that is doable. But if the E-3 is in effect why on earth do you need an ESTA?
    – user4188
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 3:05
  • @chx perhaps he wants to go be a tourist. Can you do that with an E-3 visa?
    – phoog
    Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 3:13

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Sure. If you want to go to the US, and the trip isn't for an E-3 purpose, but does qualify you as a visitor for business or pleasure, you can enter on the VWP or a B-1/B-2 visa.

I'm not sure what would disqualify you from traveling as an E-3 but not as a B or VWP visitor, but I imagine there might be reasons such relating to your US employment, or perhaps simply wanting to visit for pleasure.

It may also be possible to travel for pleasure on your E-3, though, which would save you 14 bucks. I don't know whether that is the case.


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