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Questions tagged [esta]

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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Visa waiver program/ESTA and crimes involving moral turpitude

My husband was previously (2011,2013,2014) issued a B2 visa after having his ESTA application denied due to the moral turpitude question. He was given a B2 visa and we have travelled to the USA four ...
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Any documents to show when entering USA with ESTA?

We'll be soon flying to the US using our ESTA for the first time. We're staying at our relative's place but we will be the ones supporting ourselves financially. Are there any documents (apart from ...
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Can a dual citizen of UK/Canada with both passports travel to US from the UK without ESTA?

I have dual nationality of UK and Canada but was born and live in UK and have never been to Canada. I obtained the citizenship and passport through my dad who was born in Canada. I am traveling to the ...
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What should I put in ESTA if staying in the US for a few days before going on to Canada?

I am about to apply for my US ESTA, and there is a question asking if the travel to the US is in transit for another country. I am planning to fly to New York from the UK, stay for a couple of days, ...
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My ESTA application is pending and I forgot to put my middle name

I'm French and just applied for ESTA. My application is pending and I just realized I forgot to put my middle name. Should I be worried?
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Visit to the USA with ESTA approved before trip to Iran

I have a question since I have a new passport with which I have already traveled with a validated ESTA to the USA. In 2 weeks I am leaving for Iran and then I will need to go back to the US for work. ...
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ESTA payment not processing

I am trying to apply for my ESTA, but every time I submit the payment, I get an error saying "The charge is suspected to be fraudulent. Call your bank to determine the problem. Alternatively, use a ...
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Does a 'pending' US visa application constitute a denial?

I recently applied for a US visa and had the interview, where I was told the application wasn't approved pending a medical examination. I have since found out that I could have travelled on an ESTA ...
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ESTA application parents’ names

Does 'mother' on the ESTA application have to be my birth mother as it is on my birth certificate, or can it be the mother who brought me up?
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Time left on an ESTA [duplicate]

I am a UK citizen with an ESTA valid until August 2019, I'm flying into the US in June 2019, then driving into Canada for 2 weeks, and then back to the US for another week. Will there be any ...
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Leaving Mexico after 90 days as part of ESTA requirements

The situation is this: my fiancée has traveled to Mexico from the UK, and we had a short layover of 3 hours in NYC, then headed to Mexico where we planned to stay for 180 days as she was allowed on ...
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ESTA: Previous Citizenship/Passport? (for both Stateless and Soviet Union ex. nationals)

We're travelling as a group, currently we are all EU citizens with no other nationality/passports issued by other countries. Though there's a bit of confusion relating to questions asking about the ...
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J1 visa followed by ESTA

My daughter will be studying in the United States on a J1 visa. After her course finishes she has 30 days left on her J1. Can she then stay for a while longer to travel using ESTA?
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As a dual citizen (both VWP countries), does switching passports affect my eligibility for US VWP/ESTA?

I have double citizenship, Italian + UK. I've applied for US ESTA with my Italian passport as primary and added my UK passport as 2nd citizenship. They are both valid and not expired. My request has ...
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CBP Reminds Travelers to Allow 72 Hours for ESTA. Why?

ESTA website has this alert on top in red. REMINDER: Apply for ESTA no later than 72 hours before departing for the United States. Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at ...
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Travelling to the US on different visas as a family

I'll be entering the US soon with my family. I will be on an O1 visa and they will be on ESTAs. When I've travelled solo there is always a different line for the ESTA and for those entering on a ...
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ESTA payment problem [duplicate]

I have tried for 2 days to pay for ESTA application Message says “ we are unable to process your payment, please try again later” Does anyone know if there is a problem
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Can a South Korean citizen visiting Canada travel to the United States? [duplicate]

My friend from South Korea is visiting me in Canada (she is not a Canadian citizen). Is it possible for her to get an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) while in Canada, and then visit ...
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ESTA re entry into USA [closed]

We travelled for 90 days between July and Oct 2018. Then Hawaii Dec 2018. Can we come back to the States June to Sep 2019?
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Can a South Korean national visiting Canada travel to the United States?

My friend from South Korea is visiting me in Canada. Is it possible for her to get an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) while in Canada, and then visit the U.S. with me by driving ...
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Canadian Visa by land

My situation: I hold two citizenships, Pakistan and British. I was refused a US visa back in 2011, then was approved later last year and it is valid for the next 5 years. I already have an answer ...
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F1 visa and ESTA

My son has a F1 visa in his UK passport, which is still valid. Due to circumstances, he is unable to continue his studies in the US and has returned home. However, he needs to return to the US for a ...
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For US ESTA, should I mention a visa denial from before I got UK citizenship?

I had applied for US visit visa back in 2011 from the UK but it was refused as I didn't have strong ties. Last year I applied again for business purpose and was approved the visa in less than 15 ...
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Why do they keep asking for an ESTA when leaving the USA?

Americans do not need an ESTA to enter USA, and no one needs it to leave¹. Yet every time I've booked a flight in recent years, I've been told (I ignore it) that I need an ESTA for flights to/from ...
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I may have broken ESTA rules without knowing. What to do now?

A few years back I traveled to the States with a valid ESTA to attend one of those coding workshops in the Bay area. I disclosed this with the immigration officer at border control and I was let it ...
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Dallas transfer immigration stamps

I recently noticed that on a transfer in Dallas Fort Worth that my passport was stamped on entry but not on exiting the airport. My arriving flight came from Sydney and my connection flight was to ...
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do I need to apply for esta if I have a b2 visa? [duplicate]

hi there I have a visa b2 do I need to apply for esta on line? thanks
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ESTA or business visa for tour business = confused

I would be grateful if anyone could shed any light on if I will need a business visa or if an esta is OK for my travel to the usa. So I run a tour operator in the uk, we are setting up a number of ...
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VWP Question answered wrong

So my fiance from the UK was granted a VWP and has traveled twice to the US. After recently asking questions in regards to a k-1 visa that we're in the process of, it came to my attention that we may ...
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Are ESTA applications being processed during the current (2018/19) US government shutdown?

During the current US government shutdown many federal employees are not working, leading to some services not being provided. The Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) website states: Lapse in Federal ...
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Can I stay longer in the USA than I said at the border but still less than 90 days? (ESTA)

I am a UK citizen with an ESTA that is valid until 2020. I am with my girlfriend (US citizen) whilst she gets her UK visa together but it is taking longer than we expected. I told the officer at the ...
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U.S. B visa denied under 214(b) in the past, income improved, European passport may show stronger ties?

I was planning on going to the U.S. on vacation 5 years ago when I was studying abroad. I applied for a B visa as a foreigner in France, the country I was studying in. The officer denied stating I ...
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Can you leave the US as a dual citizen with an expired US passport?

My daughter has dual citizenship: US/German. We will be flying from Germany to the US in 6 weeks. Her US passport will expire during our stay in the US, but not on the day of our flight (4 days later)...
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Transit or visitor when travelling through Newark en-route to Canada - with a stop in US on return journey

I shall be travelling to the US and Canada this month, and have a query about US customs. We are British citizens both with ESTAs, so are eligible for VWP, this question is not about visa requirements....
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Existing ESTA after new citizenship?

if a person fills ESTA and in the section for other nationalities doesn't disclose all the ones that they have, that might cause problems I would assume? Though in a case where someone gets ESTA done ...
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Traveling to Mexico via land - problem when coming back to the US?

Had planned a flight to Indonesia out of US, but plans changed and we gone to mexico instead. But I heard that when you go to mexico by land it doesn't tells the US border system that you left the ...
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Too many foreign passports for ESTA

I am a UK citizen, and also a citizen of two non-VWP countries. I am planning to travel to the US and therefore I'm applying for ESTA. I'm trying to answer the question "Have you ever been issued a ...
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MRZ name mismatch and ESTA

I have recently applied for an ESTA and been approved. However, I've noticed that my surname in the MRZ part of my passport is mismatched with my actual surname as written in the Surname(s) section ...
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When applying for visa or ESTA to the US, if I have two (non-US) passports, what happens if I don't mention the second one?

I've been reading about this, and although similar questions have been asked, I got mixed signals, and often concerning situations slightly different to mine. Essentially, if I will travel to the US ...
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I have a British passport, don’t need a visa to travel to the US but have a earlier denial [closed]

In 1997, I was deported from the US; I was a juvenile. Long story short, 10 years later I was given a tourist visa, I never overstayed my time in the US, When I went to renew my visa, I was denied. ...
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After a US B2 visa refusal, do I qualify for ESTA/VWP under my new UK citizenship? [duplicate]

I had applied for a US B2 visitor visa in 2014 but I got refused. At that time, I applied with my Philippine passport. Now, I am a UK citizen and have a British passport. Am I qualified for the ESTA/...
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US travel - One passport Two valid ESTA

traveling to US - I have a valid ESTA linked to my passport from a year and a half ago. About to travel in a months time again. When reading about the requirements for re-application, I saw that ...
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ESTA rejection after B-2 rejection?

I am South Korean citizen. I have the U.S. Law School admission entering August 2019. I have to get F-1 visa. Before August 2019, I would like to enter the U.S. with ESTA visa. I know ESTA is maximum ...
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Is an ESTA linked to my passport or should I have paperwork with the passport?

I applied and got an ESTA last year I cannot remember whether there was paper work; I cannot find any. Can I visit with just my passport? Same question about the Canada eTA.
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Is it recommended to fill the “Online Presence” in the online ESTA application?

The ESTA application has an "Online Presence" optional field, where one can provide his identifiers for various websites (example: Facebook, Instagram,...). As the field is optional, I decided to not ...
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DHS TRIP for denied ESTA

I was recently denied an ESTA. Wasn't given a reason although I did not violate any of the terms. I filled in the DHS TRIP (Traveller Redress Inquiry Program) form, citing a denied ESTA as my reason ...
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ESTA denied. Can I enter through Canada? [duplicate]

I'm a British citizen currently on an exchange semester in Montreal. I entered Canada through an eta which was approved immediately without any issues. I wanted to visit the US during my stay here so ...
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Necessary documentation to enter the US for an Italian/Argentine living in Chile

My wife is an Argentine and Italian citizen living in Chile (she is a Chilean permanent resident, but not a citizen). She is thinking of traveling to the USA, and we saw that Italy and the USA have a ...
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Problem with overpriced ESTA from ESTASERVICE.COM [duplicate]

I just got charged $88 for an ESTA using a non-standard site. Has anyone got any ideas as to whether I can get a refund?
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Can I stay in the US for a few days if my ESTA was indicated for transit?

I have an aproved ESTA (the second one) and I clicked that I´m going to transit this time. Can stay a few days in US? I have to wait 1 day for the next flight.