I recently applied for the US B2 visa and have an interview coming up. However I have now realised how difficult it is to be accepted for this visa as a U.K. citizen. I want to cancel the interview which I know is possible, but will cancelling and not rescheduling an appointment affect me using the ESTA waiver programme in future as I know I am eligible for this? I know illl lose the visa fee I paid but that isn't a problem

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    Why do you think it would be difficult to be accepted? – phoog Oct 10 '16 at 12:05
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    I echo @phoog's comment; I'm a UK citizen, and I have a B1/B2 visa (and have for many years). I know others who have them, too. As long as you have some kind of sane reason for wanting one (and don't have any of those nasty skeletons in the closet that make US entry difficult) I wouldn't anticipate any problems. – MadHatter Oct 10 '16 at 12:15
  • Why would being a UK citizen make it difficult? I mean sure, most UK citizens don't bother and travel under the VWP, but I can't see what prejudice the US would have. – CMaster Oct 10 '16 at 12:39
  • I was told that it's particularly difficult for a U.K. Citizen to get a B2 visa because I'm eligible for the VWP. I want to go to the US to go backpacking and explore the country, I felt that 6 months would better for me to do that, but others have said the B2 would be difficult to get for that. – Dee Brown Oct 10 '16 at 14:52
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    If you withdraw your visa application and travel on the VWP, you should expect that you'll simply have to go through the additional scrutiny at the border rather than at the consulate (which is much more relaxed). At this point you may as well go through with the visa process, assuming you can actually afford the holiday and can show a reason you will return to the UK. – Michael Hampton Oct 10 '16 at 23:21

Grounds for ineligibility for the visa waiver program include having been denied a visa. If you withdraw your application, you cannot be denied a visa, so you will preserve your eligibility (assuming you aren't ineligible for some other reason).

It might be a good idea to withdraw your application formally rather than just to cancel your interview and not reschedule.

You should also keep in mind that if you visit using the VWP you will of course be subject to the slightly more restrictive terms of that program. For example, your stay will be limited to 90 days.

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    Sure, it seems unlikely, but say we heard from an insider "Yes, the US keeps a list of people who applied for visas and 'mysteriously' dropped the application.." that would not be surprising, right? I think it would be impossible to truly answer the question if the action in question puts you on "some sort of list": but sure, on the face of it, it should be no problem. – Fattie Oct 10 '16 at 12:48

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