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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How seriously should I take a CBP interview where I was told I have a red flag and could only stay for 30 days?

I’m 20 year old girl traveling on a ESTA for the second time over a longer period. The first time I used it for a longer 2 months period in June. Then I went home for one month and now I am back. The ...
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ESTA 90 days - flight delay

I have been travelling in the US on an ESTA (for holidaying purposes and to see family); I entered on 08 June 2019. I purhcased tickets to depart the US on 04 Sept. 2019, and I was due to depart JFK ...
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Remaining in the US beyond VWP admission period

Someone from Denmark is here on the visa waiver program (VWP) to take care of her terminally ill sister. What happens if she reaches the end of her 90 day period of admission and she still needs to ...
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Entering the US with dual citizenship but US passport is long expired?

I have a European passport which is currently valid (born in Europe) and a US passport (parents are American) which expired a while back (issued before I turned 16). Because of this I don't think I ...
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Can I apply for en ESTA visa while on an F1 [closed]

I am studying on an F1 visa but have to take leave to find funds to continue my studies. When I take leave I have 15 days to leave the country. My question is, can I apply for an ESTA while I'm still ...
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Valid ESTA for US, but Check-In online says “Not received travel approval from the US authorities. Contact US Embassy or Consulate”

Tomorrow I want to fly to New York with my family. I have a valid ESTA for 2 years and have never been to the US. After filling out the information in the online check-in the following was written: "...
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I have a B1-B2 Visa expiring Oct 2019 but will start using ESTA from now on. When should I apply for ESTA?

I have a B1-B2 visa (on my Venezuelan passport) that will expire Oct 12, 2019. I will not renew that visa and will start using ESTA from now on (I am citizen of Spain also). My question is: When ...
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Applied for ESTA and was denied. Subsequently, secured a visa and travelled to US. Can I try ESTA again? [duplicate]

I was rejected for a visitor visa for the USA when I was an Indian citizen. Now I am an Australian Citizen. I applied for ESTA, which got denied, maybe due to my previous rejection. Since then I have ...
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ESTA question - British citizens travelling to US and Canada

My brother and I are planning a trip next year to visit our uncle in Canada, and will spend part of the time in the US. On the official online ESTA application form, under the section name "Travel ...
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ESTA expiring 3 days after arrival - leave to Mexico and come back

My ESTA expires on 5 Sept and we arrive in LA on 3 September...I am aware this is fine - it only has to be valued for entry However, we intend to go to Tijuana, Mexico for the day on 11 September so ...
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ESTA declined to the US

I was declined an ESTA due to answering yes in have you ever been convicted. I thought it would ask when and why to explain but no its a blanket question. I was a junior aged 16 and only received a ...
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Leaving the USA after 90days ESTA runs out [duplicate]

Im (german citizen) currently staying in the US with the 90 days esta. Is it sufficient to leave the US and stay in mexico or canada (I can stay there for 180 days) or do I have to leave north ...
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ESTA with a B1/B2 visa application in administrative processing

I have applied for a B1/B2 US visa, got approved during the interview and was informed the next day that my visa application has been put into an administrative processing. My question is, since I ...
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Multiple entry in a month allowed under ESTA? [duplicate]

I am from Australia and planning to visit Canada and U.S this year. I got my ESTA approval but not sure about coming to U.S. twice in a month. I will be visiting NY from Toronto and then back to ...
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Planning to travel from US to Dominican for 4 days and return on ESTA visa

I'm a French citizen visiting friends in USA for 11 days on ESTA visa. They booked a 4 day trip to Dominican Republic while I'm visiting. Can I leave US and reenter 4 days later on ESTA visa.
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ESTA Travel not Authorized. Accepted twice before!

Hope someone can give me some advice. On Friday I applied for the ESTA (a group application including my partner) we both were not authorized to travel. He just got his new passport on Thursday July ...
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Can I travel to Hawaii while on my 90 day ESTA?

I’m booked to travel to Hawaii in about two weeks. I know that it is one of the 50 states but am I allowed to travel on an airplane? I’m here till September, but will traveling overseas affect my ESTA?...
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Esta visa- can I obtain 1 if B1/B2 not expired?

My daughter has a B1/B2 visa which expires on 6th Sept 2019. She wants to return to the US in July or August on an Esta visa before the B1/B2 expires. Will she be able to obtain an Esta visa whilst ...
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ESTA help please! [duplicate]

I am flying to Vancouver and staying in a hotel for three days before boarding a cruise ship to Alaska. The cruise ends in Anchorage and I fly home via Seattle to Heathrow the same day. Do I say ...
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ESTA: “Is your travel to the US occurring in transit to another country?” when going on a cruise

We're going on a cruise leaving from Texas in a couple of months, and I'm not sure what to respond to this question with - we're arriving and then staying in a hotel for one night before departing on ...
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I didn't put an address in ESTA form because I was not sure I was going to stay there

In planning a trip to the US, I booked a "temporary" place, with the idea in mind that I might cancel it later to get a better place. When applying for the ESTA, I put UNKOWN in the appropriate ...
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Do I need a U.S. point of contact for ESTA application/approval?

I am applying for an ESTA before I make any plans to visit the U.S. (including booking hotels). One of the sections of the ESTA application is the U.S. Point of Contact Information and it is mandatory....
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Will I need ESTA and I-94 [duplicate]

I am a UK citizen and will be flying to Toronto in September and spending 2 weeks in Canada before traveling by train from Montreal to New York for 4 days and then flying back to the UK form New York. ...
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Previously traveled to the US on an ESTA with one passport, now considering changing to a second passport?

So a prior job 2 years ago involved regular travel to the US, I applied for and received an ESTA against my British passport - this expires very soon, so consider it no longer valid for the purposes ...
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Can I travel to the USA with an ESTA while my OPT application is pending?

I from Austria and studied in the USA for a while. After graduating I applied for post-completion Optional Practical Training authorization (OPT). However, this is where my problem starts. I had to ...
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Applying for ESTA - for Japanese/Canadian kids

I'm a Japanese citizen and married to a Canadian and have 2 children. They are both born in Japan. They hold dual citizenship right now. They don't have Canadian passports. They only have Japanese ...
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Planning to come to US on VWP

In some of the other answers, people told that border control stamp a date when coming on VWP. Is this date 90 days? or does it depend on the return ticket? I am going to be attending a 6 week IT ...
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Can I enter the US twice within 90 days?

Can I visit the US twice within a 90 day period under the Visa Waiver Programme? 2nd time is only to transfer (change terminal, not airside).
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ESTA Elegible after Qatar?

I am planning a week vacation at the end of august, since I am a EU citizen I would like to know if visiting Qatar, Bahrain and Dubai will make me ineligible for an ESTA and therefore for a trip to ...
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Entering then re-entering the US on F1 before the start of the program stated on I-20

I have a valid F1 visa and my I-20 has a program start date of August 5th. My I-20 states that I can enter the US starting July 5th. I have my flights booked to enter the US on July 10Th. I will then ...
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Conference in Los Angeles, visa?

I'm going to LA next month to attend a conference. I went to South Korea in the past (for few days) and I didn't need to do anything. Except signing a couple of things at the airport before leaving (...
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Found ineligible for a b1/b2 visa, what's next?

I'm a UK citizen and I've been planning a 6 month long road trip around the US for a while, I got my b1/b2 visa all sorted but my girlfriend (UK citizen same as me) is having complications with hers. ...
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Are these intended activities legal to do in the USA under the VWP?

I'm a British citizen traveling to the USA next month with an ESTA to see my fiancee. I'm traveling there to plan our wedding, talk about a location to get married, and probably finalise a date and a ...
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Leave US with ESTA [duplicate]

I'm from Germany and I have an approved ESTA. I already bought flights to the US and back and I'm staying for 6 weeks. But now I'm thinking about spending around two weeks in Peru. Would it be ...
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Visit Canada to apply for B2 visa while in US on VWP

I had a major surgery and my mom came from Italy to support me. She is already in US under the VWP. She would like to stay over the 90 days because my recovery is taking longer than expected. We know ...
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ESTA query ticked no on transit query

Recently had my eTa and ESTA applications approved/authorized for my travel to Canada and the US. I hit no on the query regarding transit. Thinking I had to enter my hotel details for the US. Because ...
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After an 87 day stay in the USA, can I return for a long weekend? (ESTA)

I've searched through existing questions, but none seem to mention my specific situation, so I wanted to see if anybody has some experience with the following situation on an ESTA visa. From March ...
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ESTA information when living in other country than citizenship

I have tried to fill out the ESTA-application, but is a bit unsure about what to answer to one of the questions. When I go to the ESTA-site, I am presented with a version which is translated into my ...
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Is ESTA needed with a J-1 Visa?

I'm going on an internship in the USA this Summer. I already received my J-1 Visa but I was wondering if I still have to apply for ESTA. Is this the case?
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Do cruise passengers answer In Transit on the ESTA application?

We will be travelling on a cruise ship from the UK to New York, going ashore for a couple of hours then departing same day to the Caribbean visiting various countries, returning to New York, going ...
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ESTA denied, visit visa still in process

My husband and children are American citizens. I would like to travel to the US with them. ESTA is denied and visit visa is still in process. My mother in law hasnt been well since last year. Can I ...
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Unsure about ability to provide a full list of past emails+phone numbers. Is this a problem for visiting the US?

The enhanced rules for ESTA/DS-160, for people from the UK visiting the US for tourism, is reported to now require present+past social media accounts, and also email addresses and phone numbers used ...
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My ESTA has been refused

I’m planning on going to New York July 2020, I just applied for my ESTA and have been refused due to me having GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) on my record what can I do now to try and get to the USA?
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For how long can I visit USA without visa?

I have a Spanish passport (Europe) and I would like to do an academic visit to a research center in the states. The host destination (in USA) is not paying anything, I am granted by an European ...
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What is the National Identification Number of Dutch citizens?

On the ESTA form for entry to the USA they ask for a National Identification Number, which should not be the same as a Personal Identification Number. What kind of number is it and where do I find ...
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ESTA/WVP - leaving US within 90 days, then staying in DR

My situation is as following: I plan to visit NY for 2 weeks (with a valid refundable ticket back to germany as an "onward" ticket), then fly to the Dominican Republic (DR) for 2 weeks, return once ...
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ESTA validity after a visa denial [duplicate]

If I have an ESTA and I apply for visa and the visa is denied, is my ESTA still valid?
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Will i be granted ESTA after getting rejected thrice on different nationality? [duplicate]

I had applied for B1/B2 on my previous nationality but it got rejected Thrice. I had planned on visiting my mother as she lives there. my last refusal was 3 years back. Now i have gained an European ...
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VWP Visit to USA- visiting Girlfriend

I would just like some clarification on a travel plan I have in a few weeks. I have been in a year long relationship with a girl from Chicago, USA. We met in London last year and have done a number of ...
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ESTA visit more than 90 days but with a 30 day stay in mexico

I already have an ESTA from last year which is legal till July 2020. I was there 80 days in 2018 and wish to go Mexico for a month then return to the USA by car before heading to Asia after another ...