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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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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Does an American citizen holding a Belgian passport need an ESTA to visit the US?

I am a college student living in Belgium coming to visit my parents in the US and I am an American citizen. Will I need an ESTA?
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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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Can my child attend a private school whilst I'm on USA ESTA?

I am British, currently staying in the USA for 6 weeks on an ESTA Visa Waiver. I am living with a local family and whilst here my child (9 years old) has been attending a private (non-state) school ...
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Overstayed visa J1, now coming back for vacations (2 weeks)

I am a French national and I have done 2 consecutive J1 stays (1 year each). The first one was fine, and during the 2nd one I overstayed for about 1 month. Now, 2 years later, I want to go back to ...
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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?
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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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Backpacking 46 days in the US with ESTA

I am a Greek citizen; this means that I have the chance to travel with ESTA. I have already bought my plane ticket and I will be in San Fransisco for 46 days, taking my backpack and travelling by bus. ...
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Does visiting Canada from USA under ESTA reset the visa waiver?

I'm staying in the US under the Visa Waiver Program at the moment, until 8th March. I'm planning to visit Montreal, Canada, for a week and then come back to the States. Is a new visa waiver required ...
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Applying for ESTA while in possession of a valid B1/B2 visa

I am planning to travel to the United States this year. In 2014 I was issued a B1/B2 visa which hasn't expired yet; My first and only trip to the US so far was for business reasons, but I now intend ...
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Entered USA with esta, leaving to Canada for 2 days and come back

I am visiting my brother here in the US, and I am staying for 3 weeks. I used esta in order to come to the US. We want to visit Montreal (Canada) for two days and come back to the US. (We are going ...
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Travelling through the US with Canadian Working Visa

I'm Australian and have obtained my Canadian working visa. However rather than flying direct to Canada I am meeting an American friend in LA and driving across the border. I have a return flight ...
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Is a new ESTA needed for my next US connecting flight?

I applied for an ESTA because of my recent US flight to San Francisco. For my next flight, though, I will stop in the US because that's where my connecting flight will depart. When I applied for an ...
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Quitting a job in the US on a work visa, going to Canada and re-entering on a tourist visa (ESTA waiver)

I have been working in the USA on an E-3 visa and intend to return home to Australia, but I want to travel around the US before I do so. I am under the impression that after leaving my current company,...
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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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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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ESTA Transiting first, then entering the US [duplicate]

I need help with one of the questions on the ESTA application form. 'Is your travel to the US occurring in transit to another country?' I am flying in on the 3rd February from Sydney Australia to ...
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What is the “U.S. point of contact” in the ESTA application used for?

Last year I went to a meeting on the east coast of USA. I applied for an ESTA, and when the application form asked for a "U.S. point of contact" I put down the work address and phone number I had for ...
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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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Is it illegal to enter the US on ESTA while a J-1 is pending?

I was reading this article where the author claims she was told it is illegal to obtain an ESTA while you are in the process of applying for a J-1. However I could not find any online information to ...
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Travelling to the US as a speaker in a conference [duplicate]

I have been trying to find an answer to this and I receive conflicting information. I am travelling to the US for a conference and also tourism. The conference in covering part of my flight cost in ...
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Entering the USA by land border

I'll do a two week trip from Europe to Toronto and will fly back from New York. I plan to enter the US at Niagara Falls using a Greyhound bus (or Amtrak train alternatively). I meet all requirements ...
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Applying for ESTA, or any travel document (vacation) as an ex US Permanent Resident Card holder

When I was little I lived in the US with my family. In October 2007 I received a permanent resident card, however in 2008 I moved to Finland with my family. From what I understood my family should've ...
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Does a UK/US dual citizen toddler need an ESTA to visit the US

Apologies if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything that fits exactly. I am a British citizen and my wife is a US citizen, we live in the UK and she has indefinite leave to remain. ...
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I'm an employed cinematographer for a UK business, can i travel to the US to shoot videos on an ESTA?

I've recently taken a new job as a cinematographer, employed full-time for a UK-based business. As part of my job I am required to travel to the US frequently to shoot commercials, interviews, mini-...
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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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Two passports, two names, one name on the ticket

I'm traveling to the US from Israel. The Israeli passport does not give you an automatic entrance. I also have a German passport and an approved ESTA. On my Israeli passport my name is: FIRSTNAME ...
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Is there a known problem with ESTA form online?passport validity? [duplicate]

I have a passport which was issued on Oct 26, 2011 and expires on Jul 26, 2022. Therefore it is valid for 10 years and 9 months. I am applying for an ESTA, but the website won't let me progress as it ...
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Delayed departure while on ESTA

I have a valid ESTA. When I enter US I will show my return flight booking to leave US. Should I decide to stay longer while I am there, but still within 90 day period, will my rebooked flight date be ...
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B1/B2 vs ESTA - Airline

A few days ago I received an email from Customs and Border Protection. I stated that I got on September 25, 2012 a B1 / B2 visa, expiring on September 24, 2022.
 I booked my trip from November 20, ...
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Can I re-enter the USA after a 1-day overstay 3 years ago?

I visited the USA with an ESTA Visa Waiver 3 years ago and I left the country one day late; instead of 90 days I left on the 91st day, because the flight was bought like this. I do not have any stamp ...
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Does parents' family name refer to mother's married name or maiden name on VWP/ESTA form?

The updated visa waiver form asks for my parents' "family" name, as shown below. Does this mean my mothers birth family name or her married family name?
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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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eTA Application: Does declined US ESTA application count as “refused visa or permit”?

This question follows on from my previous question (see here for background). After having my ESTA (US visa-waiver) application declined, I did not apply for a full B-1/B-2 visa in order to attend the ...
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My ESTA is expiring - how does one go about renewing it?

I got an email from the Department of Homeland Security(!) to say my two-year ESTA is expiring at the end of next month. Is there a way to just renew it, or do you have to go through the complete ...
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90 day visa waiver for the US want to re-enter shortly after for a few days

I'm an Australian citizen travelling to the US (first time) in early December. .. I will be sightseeing and visiting friends in the Washington DC and NY area. I will be arriving on December 2nd (can't ...
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Multiple visits to USA

I have visited Los Angeles, USA on 3 long stays using the ESTA programme, purely as a visitor. I have a British Citizen passport. The stays began in September 2012 and I left the last time in August ...
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Do I need an ESTA for changing airplanes in Puerto Rico?

I'm a European citizen (from Germany) and I have a flight from Germany to Chile via Puerto Rico soon. I have a three hour stay at the airport and need to change the airplane (and flight operating ...
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Visiting the US twice under one ESTA? [duplicate]

I'm from the UK and will be visiting Florida for the second time this year to spend the summer under an ESTA. I have enough money to cover accommodation for two months and expenses without having to ...
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90-day Visa Waiver for Australian

I am Australian and traveling on an Australian passport. My current ESTA expires in September 2015. My 90 day VWP will be up at the end of June. I have spent the whole 90 days in both Arizona or ...
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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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With the ESTA visa-waiver for the US, what if you have a reason to need more than 90 days?

So I was looking at some long distance hiking trails in the US - the Pacific Crest and the Appalachian. Both require 5-7 months to hike the whole thing. This is fine for locals, but what about ...
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I94 Travel History doesn’t show my departure? Who do I contact?

I flew to the US via JFK on the 12th of November and left back to the UK on the 13th, my arrival is shown on the I94 website, but my departure isn’t. I flew BA, and I’m worried that I’ll be flagged ...
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Can I film corporate film on an ESTA?

I'm sending a crew of two cameramen out to boston and hiring a local soundman. They are going to be filming a corporate film for my UK client, featuring their product in a Boston location. One of the ...
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Does the granting of a B1 visa make an earlier ESTA void?

I have an ESTA for the US that expires the end of July 2017. Last year, I was granted a one-year B1 visa for an extended stay, which expires at the end of June 2017. I will travel to the US on July 1 ...
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Can I travel on the same ESTA?

I overstayed my ESTA for about 51 days when I went to the US. When I checked my ESTA status online it says approved. Can I travel back to the US on the same ESTA, or do I have to apply for a new one?
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Dual Australia-US citizen, expired passport

My daughter is a dual Australia-US citizen. Her US passport has recently expired, and it looks like we have to apply in person at a US embassy in Australia to renew it. However there isn't one in our ...
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Leave and return to Canada from the US and stopover in the US

I'm a German student and I will do a semester abroad in Canada (less than 6 months so I will not apply for a student permit, but only an eTA). I want to do weekend trips to the US (overland) at the ...