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I have an ESTA valid until 2018 and I am flying to the USA this Wednesday the 25th of January. My WT stamp in my passport is valid from Oct 28 2016 to Jan 25 2017. I haven't been in the USA since Nov 1st 2016.

Will there be any issues for me entering the USA this Wednesday the 25th? Or do they just re-stamp it and start a fresh 90 days?

I was only in the USA a total of 5 days on my last 90 day WT stamp.

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Because you left the US, that entry stamp is no longer relevant - you will (usually) be issued a new one on arrival.

If you don't get a stamp (which may happen if you use an APC kiosk, which is likely), assume you got the default 90 days. Or, to be dead certain, you can look up your admission record online

Do note that the admission period remains active if you go to Canada or Mexico for a short visit. It's a system designed to prevent visa runs.

  • Thank you! That was super helpful. Based on what you said I think I should be ok. Phew! – sabina Jan 24 '17 at 7:58
  • @Sabina Just to clarify: did you exit the US by air? If so, you'll be 100% fine – Crazydre Jan 24 '17 at 8:32
  • @Sabina Also, if this answers your question, please accept it by clicking the button below the down arrow – Crazydre Jan 24 '17 at 8:35
  • @Sabina even if you exited by land or sea you will be fine, though there may be some administrative hassle if your exit wasn't recorded. – phoog Jan 24 '17 at 15:51
  • @phoog Correct, I was going to advise her to check her I-94 if having exited by land, and if the exit's not there, send evidence to the address in Ohio – Crazydre Jan 24 '17 at 21:58

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