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Electronic System for Travel Authorization, an online application you must fill if you wish to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program. This tag is about the application; for the program itself, use the tag [us-visa-waiver-program].

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ESTA form: Mention the city district in the contact information section?

I have a question regarding the ESTA form, specifically about step 3 "Personal Information", section "YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION": Should I insert the city district in address line 2,...
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ESTA or study Visa?

My daughter, an adult UK citizen/passport holder, has been accepted for a 1 month ballet "summer intensive" at a US Ballet Academy, and it runs from 3rd July in Orlando, Florida. Some ...
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Dual Citizen - ESTA - Travel with stops in USA - Visited Iran

I'm in Brazil and I'm going to Australia. The best price is going with connections in the USA. I did the ESTA but I've answered that I had been in Iran in 2015 and automatically answered me that I was ...
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Onboarding in the US on ESTA or B-1

I've been hired for a startup in the US. It is planned that I visit locally for 2 weeks for an oboarding session and to get to know the colleagues. Additionally, they would also pay for this trip. ...
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Extending my stay in the US by crossing the Canadian border and entering again with ESTA [duplicate]

I am currently in the US under a J-1 student visa. It's an exchange student program, and after the end of this school year, I'll get released from the program and will be able to stay for additional ...
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I made a mistake on my ESTA, am I screwed?

So, in 2018 I travelled with my family to the U.S using the ESTA system, and there were no issues with that. We have planned another trip to the States this year and I filled out the ESTA form myself ...
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After 90 days ESTA exhaustion in the US as a German, when can I come back? [duplicate]

I am from Germany and got accepted for an 90 days ESTA. Assumed I will stay 90 days in the US. When can I get into the country again via ESTA? (I assume that the ESTA will be not the problem but the ...
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Entering Canada, Niagara border

I will be working in Canada this summer under the "Global Skills Strategy" program. While the invitation letter of the institution hosting me as a "NOC 4012 - Visiting Scholar, Award ...
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How soon after departure from the US is I-94 record updated?

I flew to the US from the UK on 13 March 2022, and came back to the UK yesterday, 21 March. It was on a scheduled flight with BA out of JFK. I’ve just checked my I-94 record online: my arrival into ...
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Do I need a work visa or is an ESTA ok for a short trip to the US

I am going to the US for tourism for 16 days but will be working for my UK employer for 7 out of the 16 days. Will I need to get a Work Visa for my duration or am I ok to travel with just the ESTA?
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Can I use APC machines in the US with passport of new nationality?

I am a dual Italian/Swiss citizen who naturalized as British in 2020. I now have three nationalities. I have been to the US several times after 2008, using the Swiss or Italian passport (choice ...
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Question about ESTA

Can a British Citizen with ESTA get an entry stamp in the passport from a US immigration officer?
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Applying for an ESTA but then not using it: problem?

Is there any risk in / disadvantage to applying for an ESTA, but then not travelling with it after all? Would not using it be considered "suspicious" or cause any problems later? My travel ...
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Entering US with ESTA only, when B1/B2 visa would be required

My company planned to send me to the USA on a B1/B2 visa. However, due to a lack of foresight and planning, the visa will be issued far too late for the travel date. Now they are considering sending ...
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Family holiday to Florida 9 days then onto Mexico for 5 days.. Have we wrongly applied for transit?

We are now worried that we have wrongly completed our Esta's as we clicked yes for transit and now thinking we may have got this wrong. We will have proof that we booked 2 nights in Hard Rock hotel, ...
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Few Questions About ESTA Form

Me and my family are planning to travel in USA. We are Israelis (citizens of & reside in Israel), and also have Italian citizenship, therefore we are eligible to use ESTA. We are struggeling to ...
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ESTA application changed status from authorized to pending

My ESTA application got approved 30 minutes after submitting, and I have printed out the "Authorization Approved" document with all the details. Now, almost 48 hours later, I have received ...
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USA to Canada after 90 days without re-entering it

I am from Europe and would like to make a trip and need some additional information. I would like to stay in the US for maybe up to 90 days with an ESTA and then travel by car to Canada. I do not want ...
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Traveling to the USA on an ESTA while having an F1 visa

I have a valid F1 visa but I will be studying online from my home country during the first semester. Can I travel to the United States on an ETSA during this first semester while studying online?
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Help with denied ESTA - Previously issued DV LPR but did not activate it?

In a bit of a pickle here, I was hoping to travel in the next week to the US for a brief holiday (admittedly not the most calm of times but I haven't seen some close friends and my boyfriend in years.)...
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Doing Research on ESTA

This is related to the following topic: Doing research on ESTA / J-1 visa However, the circumstances are a bit more in my favor so that is why I want to ask: I want to conduct research with some ...
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Experience of US CBP as solo traveler [closed]

I'm planning to go to NYC for a week in March for a holiday. This would be my first transatlantic solo trip and first time in the US in over six years. I am (by birth and through parents) a citizen of ...
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Applied and received ESTA. Now want to delete Facebook: Problems with CBP?

I applied and was granted an ESTA a couple of months ago. I am planning to travel from the UK to NYC for a one-week holiday in just over two months. The new ESTA application asks you for your "...
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Can I use my 2nd passport to stay in the US longer?

Say I have two passports. Passport A lets me stay in US for 3 months as a tourist with ESTA. Passport B has a B1/B2 visa on it which lets me stay in the US for up to 6 months as a tourist. Passport A ...
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Going to the US for Christmas from Spain

I want to visit my girlfriend who lives in the US. I would like to go for Christmas, and I'm a little lost because I have never left my country. I have been doing research, but I'm too new at ...
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Is an "onward" flight always acceptable for travelling to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)

I plan to fly to the US under the VWP (ESTA) program, using a one-way flight from Taiwan (TPE) to Los Angeles (LAX). I will also book a one-way flight from LAX to Chicago (ORD), and another one-way ...
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Exiting US on ESTA and re-entering US immediately on old F-1 with new I-20 [closed]

I entered the US in 2018 with a valid I-20 and valid F-1 (exp 2023) but gave up my program and left during Covid in the middle of 2020. I came back to the US in the middle of 2021 this year on an ESTA ...
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Traveled on an invalid ESTA due to prior N Korea trip. How screwed am I?

So long story short: I went to North Korea for a week as a tourist in 2013. I received an ESTA in 2018. In early August 2019, people who have visited North Korea were no longer eligible for the VWP. ...
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Land Travel to US via Canada by UK citizen

Can a UK citizen fly from London to Toronto with an ETA, and then travel by car to USA without an ESTA, as ESTA was denied previously?
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Entering USA as a Canadian PR on an ESTA with a one way flight to enter Canada through a port of entry

so I’m currently an Australia citizen & Canadian permanent resident. I currently do not hold my PR for Canada and on the advise of my lawyer will be entering Canada through the United States at a ...
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Applying for a USA B-2 visa because of travel history

I am a citizen of a West European country who has been in the US before (although only technically, I've crossed the Canadian-US border at Niagara Falls to see the US side of the falls for a few hours ...
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Is there some sort of "on-arrival visa interview" necessary for first-time US visitors utilising ESTA?

I'm planning to visit the USA this December for tourism reasons (staying less than 3 months), and I've successfully applied for ESTA and been approved for it. I am aware of the Covid-19 restriction ...
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Visiting Canada after two months in the USA on ESTA

I have visited the USA for two months on an ESTA and plan to go to Canada for two additional months by air. My plan is to return to my home country directly from Canada and not return via the USA. I ...
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Visiting the US under VWP as a C-Corp shareholder

I'm in a situation that I haven't read about, but imagine wouldn't be super uncommon. I'm a co-founder of and own 50% of a C-Corp entity. My other founder is a US citizen who owns the remaining 50%. ...
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If I am married to a US citizen, do I need to travel on an ESTA?

I have been married to a US citizen for 12 years and we both live in the UK. I don't hold a green card and normally travel to the US on an ESTA. I was in the US a month ago and I believe the only ...
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US ESTA & Visa Waiver: Spent 3+3 months in 2020, Returning in 2021

I spent 3 months from March to May 2020 in the US while on ESTA visiting my boyfriend. I went back to my home country before the 3 month period ended. In June 2020, I decided to come back again and ...
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Am I ineligible for an ESTA/J1 visa after being cautioned for forgery?

So a couple of years ago, I got addicted to benzos and forged a script which I presented to a pharmacy. The pharmacist became suspicious and called the police who took me in and cautioned me. I ...
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Caribbean Islands or adjacent to the sea? Onward ticket ESTA requirements!

After reading the following pages... https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visa-faqs/visa-waiver-program-and-esta/ https://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/visa-waiver-program.html I have a question ...
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Over stayed ESTA for more than 6 Month Forgiveness

I entered the United States with my ESTA (electronic system for travel authorization) from Chile last year legally. Before 180 days passed, I got married. We never submitted the adjustment status ...
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Do I need an ESTA or Visa as a spouse of a US citizen, traveling from the UK?

My husband is a US citizen and I am a Canadian citizen. We both live in the UK and are planning to travel to the US in September. I believe I am eligble to travel to the US (from the UK) because we ...
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Travelling to the US as a spouse of a US citizen with ESTA and with the exemption outlined in the PP 10143?

I am a German citizen and I will be travelling with my wife (U.S. citizen) from Brussels (BRU) to the US. We both live together in Germany. I have an approved ESTA application. We got married in the ...
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Travel to US on ESTA after losing green card

I am a US permanent resident but I have lost my physical green card. I am currently abroad and due to return (permanently) to the US, but won't be able to get a replacement card or boarding foil in ...
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One-way flight to USA on ESTA, leaving by foot?

Summary: Can I fly into the USA on a one way ticket on ESTA, if I plan to return to Canada by foot? And does Amtrak/Greyhound share return leg with US Immigration? I'm a visa waiver national with a ...
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Entering USA as tourist after abandoning green card

I’ve seen similar questions but not sure if this has been answered. My husband is a U.K. national. We lived in the US for 6 years then due to my work, no longer reside in the US. We now reside in the ...
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Visa Waiver Program-> Mexico -> F1 Visa [duplicate]

I am a New Zealander wanting to clarify some travel plans for next month regarding my F1 visa to alleviate some anxiety! Current itinerary is: Fly NZ-US, enter on VWP ~60 days before class starts (...
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Who to contact about ESTA refusal for previously overstaying partner of US citizen?

I am in need of help if anyone has experience in this please let me know who to contact. I am a German citizen and have traveled the USA on ESTA a lot since my at-the-time fiancée is from there. In ...
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Overstayed as a minor, Will I get my ESTA approved?

I'm currently planning on traveling to the U.S this summer for about 10 days but I have a few issues. I overstayed in the U.S for over 180 days however, I was underage at the time. I moved back to S....
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Would I have to declare an arrest record when applying for an ESTA visa?

So a few years back, I was arrested by Irish police for prescription forgery. They let me go with a warning (adult caution) and that was it. I was under the impression that it was just a 'slap on the ...
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How do I find out if I have a ban for overstaying in the USA?

I overstayed my tourist visa, but 16 years have passed (from when I left in 2005) and I know that back then their immigration tech system wasn't as sharp as now.... I think the system was implemented ...
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Need to keep ESTA active for Nexus card?

I have a Nexus card as a Canadian PR. Meanwhile my ESTA for entering the US is about the expire. Does Nexus require me to always keep a valid ESTA? (I seem to remember a Nexus agent once told me so, ...
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