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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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Does the 90 days VWP rule expire if you travel from the US to Canada?

I'm on a New Zealand passport. From most US Embassy webpages: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K., to travel to ...
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What is the US Visa Waiver Program and what is an ESTA?

I wish to travel to the US and think I am eligible to do so under the Visa Waiver Program. I found a lot of information out there but am still having some trouble understanding how this works. What ...
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Is volunteer work allowed in the US while visiting under the VWP or a B1/B2 visa?

I am going to Santa Monica for 4 weeks to polish my English in July and would like to volunteer at the Planetary Society located in Pasadena. I am a Swiss citizen and have a biometric passport. ...
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Would I be scrutinized at the border for traveling to the US twice in a quick succession?

I am a British citizen visiting the USA in early August for a two week vacation with friends. After the holiday I'm returning to my home in the UK for three weeks. After that I will return to the USA ...
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Do I need to change my ESTA address when visiting the US?

I have an ESTA for my visit last Sept to NY and I know it is valid for 2years. I am going to Las Vegas in May, do I have to update the address at which I will be staying?
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Visiting the US after overstaying as a minor 13 years ago?

I can't seem to find a story related to mine so here it is. I am 25 and a German citizen. In 1998 when I was 7 years old my family moved to the states and we stayed until early 2002 and left ...
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Esta return, can I reset the “clock” by visiting the Bahamas?

I've read a few questions/responses on this but seem to be reading conflicting information I've tried to find a number for immigration at Fort Lauderdale but don't appear to be able to call My ...
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Updating ESTA details for second visit to USA

My ESTA is valid until Jan 2016. I am holding an Australian passport valid until 2017. I already made one trip to USA in May 2014. I will travel from Australia to USA in Sep 2015. I have updated ...
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I had a J1 trainee visa, can I go to Canada and come back with an ESTA?

I'm from Italy and I had a J1 visa for the US for a year and a half. Now it's expired (I'm in the grace period) but I want to stay longer in California to travel a little bit, because this year I did ...
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UK citizen, US company, living in UK: Can I use an ESTA?

So: I am a UK citizen I work for a US company I currently live in the UK and have no US visa What am I allowed to do when I enter the US on an ESTA? Am I allowed to work if I am getting paid in a UK ...
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Can you re-enter USA on an ESTA?

I am visiting the US in August 2014 for a week, returning home to the UK & will then be visiting for another 2 weeks in October 2014. My question is, can I use the same ESTA or would I need to ...
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Traveling to US with ESTA but have an Iranian father. Do I need a visa instead?

I am a British citizen and have dual nationality with Hong Kong but my father is Iranian. Does this mean I also have Iranian nationality? I've never held an Iranian passport or traveled to Iran and he ...
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How can the US immigration officials know one has visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan?

Now that H.R. 2029 is in effect, people who have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan since 2011 are banned from entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program. However it's unclear to me how could the ...
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Official ESTA application website and are the others scams?

A quick search for ESTA application returned many results. According to this page on cbp.gov, the official site to apply for an ESTA is esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Are the others scams, legitimate third party ...
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What is the penalty for dual US citizens who lie on the ESTA form in order to enter under VWP using their second passport?

An answer to a related question mentions that it's possible for dual US citizens to acquire an ESTA without lying, however it's likely that the authorization would be revoked shortly before their ...
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If I have an ESTA approved for transit, can I visit a second time as a tourist?

I go to México in some time, and my fly tickets first I go from Peru to the US, because of that I require a visa to enter US. In my country I can apply for VWP, but I'm a little scared of getting ...
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Can I have multiple valid ESTAs in different passports?

I'm a citizen of country X and have a valid United States ESTA in my X passport. Recently, I became of citizen of Y and now have a Y passport as well, which I would like to use for future travel to ...
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ESTA application status stuck at “Authorization Pending”. What can I do?

As a British citizen, I recently applied for an ESTA visa waiver in order for me to travel to and present at an academic conference in the United States. To my surprise, they have added additional ...
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How to complete ESTA application when “THE PAYMENT STATUS COULD NOT BE DETERMINED AT THIS TIME”?

I received a payment error during my ESTA application and still need to pay. The current application status for the last few hours shows: THE PAYMENT STATUS COULD NOT BE DETERMINED AT THIS TIME. ...
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Do I need an ESTA if entering the US from Canada by train

As a UK citizen, I will be flying to Vancouver (for which I will need an eTA) and then taking an AMTRAK train to Seattle. I will stay in Seattle for several days before returning to Vancouver and ...
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Overstaying ESTA Visa waiver in the US

I recently discovered that I will be over-staying my 90 day visa waiver by 2 days. My question is about leaving the country as I fly from NYC to LA before flying home to Australia and I'm wondering ...
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ESTA controls when travelling within two states in the US

I understand that ESTA travellers are allowed to travel and can also go the Automated Passport Control (APC) in certain airports. But once I have arrived in a state (e.g. NY) and then would like to go ...
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Have I invalidated my own ESTA and if I fly to Mexico does that mean I will not be allowed back into the States?

The ESTA that I entered the States on back in October was due to expire on January 8th. As I wished to stay a little longer (an extra couple of weeks) I searched the internet to see how this was ...
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Using ESTA a second time - first for tourism, now for transit

In April 2015, I traveled from Brussels to New York (tourism) after successfully applying for ESTA. Today, my ESTA is still valid (I checked via the official website). On 22 February 2016 I will be ...
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Is it possible to extend your stay after entering the US under VWP?

I am currently holidaying in USA and have entered the states on a ESTA visa waiver, I booked my return ticket two weeks after the 90 day ESTA expires (my fault) naively thinking it wasn't a big deal, ...
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Travelling to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to attend a job interview

I am a UK citizen who has been invited to the US for the purposes of an onsite interview in a few weeks' time. I have been looking online for an answer to this question and have found many conflicting ...
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Do you need to get a new ESTA when your passport is renewed?

A bit over a year ago I applied for (and got) an ESTA for travel to the USA, valid for two years. That validity takes the ESTA to pretty close to the end of the passport validity. I've just renewed ...
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J-1 visa and Visa Waiver Program during grace period

I am a French national and currently working in the US under a J-1 visa. This visa will expire on May 30. I intend to leave the US to travel to Central America and Mexico, then to re-enter the country ...
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I'm arriving to the US by air, but departing via land. How do I end form I-94 now that it is only electronic?

I need to end my visa waiver period when leaving States to Canada so that I don't exceed the period of 90 days. But form I-94 is no longer a physical card, it's only online. How do I know or ensure ...
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If I enter the US by land, not needing ESTA, would I then need ESTA to enter by air 3 days later?

I am a UK citizen, and therefore qualify for the USA's Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If I enter by air or sea I need to apply for (and pay for) ESTA beforehand. If I enter by land, I don't need ESTA. But ...
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ESTA approved on the same day as B-1/B-2 visa refused

I am writing because I have a question regarding my ESTA application and because I could not find a similar case online that would help me at this stage. I have never been to the U.S. so this would be ...
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What happens if my ESTA expires on the day of arrival?

I'm French and will travel the 14th of June to the US. My ESTA expires the 14th of June 2013 and I'm wondering if my ESTA will be valid when I'll land in the US on the 14th of June 2013. Does ...
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Do I need to provide a US contact when applying for an ESTA?

My friend has informed me there is a mandatory field for a 'US point of contact' (name and phone number) when he was applying for his ESTA. I don't see how they could make this mandatory as most ...
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Land crossing to America from Mexico with ESTA - 90 days reset?

I am planning on transiting to Los Angeles on an ESTA (I will be in the USA for maybe 2-3 weeks) from there I want to cycle into Mexico and the rest of Central America. 5-6 months later I would like ...
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Transit in LA after 90 days in North America under VWP/ESTA

I am from NZ and have spent 90 days in the USA with an ESTA visa waiver, and I am going to Canada before returning to NZ. My return flight is from LA but I have already used my 90 days of my ESTA and ...
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ESTA no longer a student

Last year I visited the USA the first time as a student. Hence I filled in no previous employer and that I was a student. Since then I graduated and got a job. My ESTA is still valid for my next ...
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Does an American citizen need an ESTA to leave the United States?

I am an American citizen, looking to fly to the EU. I am feeling I do not need an ESTA because the wording implies the necessity of the document belongs to non-US citizens. May be an obvious question, ...
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What “National Identification Number” to enter in an ESTA application, for a German?

I’m trying to complete an ESTA application (German citizen). One of the questions asked is about a National Identification Number, with this explanation: Enter the number on your identity document, ...
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How could I have traveled to the US without having my ESTA checked? Is it really needed?

So I went on holiday to the USA last summer. I filled out an ESTA application online, which cost me 14 dollars due to processing costs and whatnot. I printed a copy of the approved PDF and put it in ...
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What is the minimum passport expiry period when travelling to USA on an ESTA authorization from a previous visit?

I've heard that when travelling to the USA your passport must not expire within 6 months of travelling. Is this the case if you have a valid ESTA visa waiver program authorization from a previous ...
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Non-resident alien working for non-US company telecommuting for 10 days under ESTA Visa Waiver [duplicate]

I am a European citizen non-US resident travelling to the US for 4 weeks under the ESTA Visa Waiver, of which 10 days will be spent telecommuting/work remotely. I know that I am legally within my ...
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Can a dual national visit USA under VWP after visa refusal for other nationality?

Recently I was refused an E-2 visa under Section 214b. To be honest I don't really know why because I have strong ties with my home country (house, bank account, family) so my lawyer sent an appeal to ...
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Changing legal name, what happens when I visit the US again?

I'm a UK Citizen, I have previously visited the US under the name of, let's say, Joe Smith. I am changing my name to, let's say, Joe Barnes. My passport will be in the new name of Barnes. Do I have ...
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Can I get an ESTA but enter on a visa?

I've flown on AA twice from Europe in the last month and cannot check in online as I have a US visa. AA's site has nowhere for me to enter visa information so it rejects me because I don't have an ...
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Do I need to declare both nationalities when travelling to the U.S.?

I have a Swiss and German passport and want to travel to the U.S. but only with my Swiss passport. Do I need to declare the German nationality in the ESTA application? And if so, would I need to take ...
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Residence has changed - Must I re-apply for ESTA?

I have an old, but still valid ESTA, with the country of residence showing my home country. However, I have recently moved for education in the UK. Do I have to apply for a new one? Nothing else has ...
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ESTA is valid but the Visa was denied- can I travel to the USA?

I was denied an O-1 Visa (Artist Visa) to the USA twice in the past year and a half. I applied for the O-1 Visa with my Israeli Passport. In addition, I have an European passport and a valid ESTA. I ...
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Visit to US before F1 using the Visa Waiver Program

I am going to start a phd at the US with an F1 visa. University told me that I could enter the US only 30 days before the date on I-20. Since English is not my first language (and this would be a big ...
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Can I travel to the US on a F1 visa to attend a funeral?

I have a valid F1 visa and I want to travel to the US for 2 weeks. My intent is not to study but to visit my best friend who recently lost her boyfriend and to attend his funeral. I read that it takes ...
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Re filling out ESTA - On the form do I say yes to transit or no?

Re filling out ESTA - I am flying into the US staying 2 days then flying onto Rome tthen returning 6 weeks later for 4 nights then flying home to NZ. On the form do I say yes to transit or no?