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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Can I re-enter the USA after just a couple of days out of the country on a visa waiver?

I know that ideally I would go back home for a while before returning to the US, but my son is a US citizen and he asked for my help as he has a newborn. I’m financially stable, so is my son. Since ...
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US Visa requirements when living in Caribbean [closed]

I will be moving to and living in the French Caribbean for 6 months. I have an EU passport so my stay there is covered by that. I don't know how we are getting there yet, but there is a high ...
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Flying to Canada to come back to US on a C1/D visa

I will be in the US on the Visa Waiver Program, and then fly to Toronto in order to come back in on a C1/D visa. Is there an amount of time that I need to be out of the country before I can come back ...
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Is 1h30 enough time at Chicago O'Hare for transit between 2 international flights for a non-US citizen with ESTA?

I am planning a trip for 2019, and the absolute best result on all points (price, duration, hours of departure/arrival) means taking an international plane landing at Chicago O'Hare only to get 1.5 ...
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Can or would the US deny you entry simply for lack of an ESTA?

In a hypothetical scenario, you are a VWP national who has managed somehow to arrive at a US entry point, by air, without an ESTA. I know it shouldn't happen. Maybe the airline made a mistake. The ...
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In practice, what is the distinction between ESTA and visas?

It is often claimed that ESTA is not a visa - both by the US government and the travelers themselves. However in practice, I find it difficult to see the distinction between ESTA and e-visas: It ...
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Overstayed visa waiver help [closed]

I went to the USA to travel and visit, and I met a girl there. We got serious and went to see an immigration lawyer, who advised me to stay if I was going to get married, it cancels the overstay he ...
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Is estapro.org a legitimate agent for ESTA applications? [duplicate]

I recently used this website to apply for an ESTA. Having submitted my details I realised that this was not the official ESTA site so I did not pay the 60 euro fee. However I am concerned that the ...
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How do I get a copy of an ESTA if I have mislaid my copy?

I visited New York last year in September on an ESTA, but I have mislaid my copy. How do I get another copy as I am travelling again to New York in the next couple of weeks? Many thanks.
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Extending my travel to the USA under VWP [duplicate]

I am an Australian citizen currently staying with friends in America on the VWP and I would like to stay a little longer. This will take me over the 90 days allowed and I'm wondering if I leave the ...
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Can I visit the USA with ESTA as a Swede born in Iraq?

I’ve lived in Sweden since I was 2 years old, I'm 28 today. I only have Swedish citizenship but I was born in Iraq. I never had an Iraqi passport or documents and have never been there since I was a ...
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Can I enter on the VWP while my F1 visa is pending?

This is my situation: I have studied in the US for three years and I have just finished my OPT. I left the US in May after finishing my job. I will be starting a PhD program end of August and have ...
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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, national identity card for travel by any other country?

I am trying to apply for an ESTA to enter the US, and I realized that there is a question came up on the ESTA application: Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel ...
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Should I update or get a new ESTA? [duplicate]

I have a specific question about ESTA. In April of 2017, I traveled from Argentina to Japan, but I made a stopover in Atlanta. So I had to get the ESTA. The thing is that at the time in the travel ...
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Reapply for ESTA within 90-day period for reentry to the US? [duplicate]

I have entered the US with an ESTA 40 days ago. Now I staying in Mexico for two weeks, after that I am planning to go back to the US and stay for 1 night only to then take a plane back to Europe. ...
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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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VWP/B1 as foreign employee of a US company for meetings and getting to know the team [duplicate]

I'm a German citizen and currently waiting for my H1B application to come through. Now my employer, a US company, has asked me to come to the US for 2-3 weeks in August already, in order to get 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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Dual citizen, visa refused, eligible for ESTA? [duplicate]

A family member of mine is a dual citizen with an EU (VWP) and a non-VWP passport. He applied for a US tourist visa on the non-EU passport and was rejected. My question is if this rejection would ...
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Valid US tourist visa, but expired passport

So I'm a dual citizen. One is an EU country so it’s under the VWP, and the other is not. I have a valid us tourist visa on the non-EU passport but it's about to expire and at the time. Because of the ...
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Do I need two ESTAs if I am not leaving the airport the first time, and then staying in the US the following week?

Next week I am flying to Canada from the UK through the US. We will be stopping for one hour in Dallas, before getting a plane to Vancouver. I won't get out of the airport obviously. The following ...
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Do I need to update the ESTA? [duplicate]

I have an ESTA, but it was from last time when we were in transit. This time we are staying in Hawaii. Do I need to update the ESTA?
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Do Canadian citizens need a U.S. visa if travelling to the U.S. from the United Kingdom?

I am a Canadian citizen. I am traveling to the USA from the United Kingdom (I am on a working holiday visa for the U.K.). The British friends I am traveling with need to apply for an ESTA. I am aware ...
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Visiting US for business purpose, can trip expenses be reimbursed on US bank account?

I have an American bank account because I was under a student visa working for a US company last year. Then I came back to France and continued working for this company through a PEO. (i.e. I'm ...
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Travelling to USA and Mexico as a UK citizen

I'm a UK citizen travelling to the US for tourism in October 2018 and I will be there for 8 days from the 16th October 2018; from there I will be onward travelling to Mexico City for a further 7 days ...
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Vancouver Amtrak to US from Canada

I am planning on flying from the EU to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). I have an eTA. Then I will take the Amtrak to Seattle, Washington (US). I have an ESTA. Questions: Can somebody please ...
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Could a VWP overstay due to a pending asylum application result in being denied entry to the US?

I understand that if someone previously overstayed a visa waiver (ESTA) by 6 years, that person should be banned for 10 years. Now to be banned, you need to accumulate more then 365 days of overstay. ...
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How should I answer the ESTA question about a passport or national identity card?

The ESTA appliation asks: Have you ever been issued a passport or national identity card for travel by any other country? Does being a resident of Nicaragua count? I have a resident card, not ...
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Apply for ESTA if you work for a US company as a contractor

I have realized that the ESTA form requires you to specify your employer. Some months ago I was in the US and I was hired as an intern for a few months under J1 visa. Once my visa expired I left the ...
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Can I enter on an ESTA while I have an F1 visa? [closed]

I’m going to the US for a vacation in July - August 10th. I also am starting a course on September 10 and I will have an F1 visa. Can I enter the USA in July on a ESTA if I have the F1 visa already in ...
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As a dual citizen (Australia+UK), can I increase my allowable time in the US by switching between my two passports?

I have Australian and British passports. I intend to fly to the US in a couple of months, but between traveling in the US and the UK, I will be in North America for more than 90 days. If I enter the ...
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If I have a visa, do I still need an ESTA?

I am British with a B1/B2 visa for USA. Do I still need an ESTA?
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Dual nationality ESTA or not ESTA? [duplicate]

I have dual American/French citizenship. I'm retired and live in France. My passports are both valid. I will soon make a round-trip to the US and don't know which passport I have to show to police, ...
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Dual citizen of UK and Canada visiting the US with a valid UK passport but no current Canadian passport

I am travelling to the US in 3 weeks (UK resident) and have been unable to get my Canadian passport renewed until now as the only guarantor I could find has been unavailable. I have a valid UK ...
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Overstayed my VWP in 2008 due to marriage - will I be denied a B2?

in 2008 I messed up badly. I traveled 3 times to the US on VWP. The first 2 times stayed the full length. Upon my third entry on VWP I was put through secondary inspection and asked tons of questions. ...
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UK to US visa posiblities to travel [closed]

I've been granted an L1-B visa to work in the US for a year. I was wondering if anyone has any knowledge on what our possibilities are to get my girlfriend over. We're both British and my salary can ...
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Overstay in the US and ESTA application

I went to the US last fall and due to sheer sloppiness I managed to stay 1 day too long (September 2 through December 1). Here is my confusion. It still says that my ESTA application is valid. Does ...
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ESTA Upload passport (first name confusion)

When I applied for my ESTA I used the "Upload your passport" feature on the esta.cbp.dhs.gov applicant form. According to the help page it says: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE NEW “UPLOAD YOUR PASSPORT”...
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Can I extend my holiday in the US on the Visa Waiver Program?

I have booked a three-week trip to California, on the Visa Waiver Program. I find it is a bit too short, so I want to stay 4 weeks instead of three weeks. Will that give me problems when I reenter ...
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On a J-1 visa, and wish to apply for ESTA to travel to Mexico during grace period

I am on a J-1 Visa as a Greek citizen until end of April 2018, and have already got my tickets to Mexico for the 2nd of May, returning on the 19th to NYC , where my plane for Amsterdam departs on the ...
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If I change my name in the UK, and visit the US again on an ESTA, will I have issues?

I'm currently known as John A, my passport and current ESTA is in this name. My ESTA is due to expire this month. I'm back in the UK now and I plan to change my name to John B. I will get a new ...
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Can I apply for a F1 Visa while in the U.S. on a Visa Waiver (VWP ESTA) (NO Status change in the U.S.)? [closed]

I am planning on visiting my friend in the United States in May and June on a ESTA. I will study in the U.S. in August with a F-1 visa. I was wondering if anyone knows if I can APPLY for the F-1 Visa ...
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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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Do I need to trigger my ESTA?

I'm a UK citizen. I hope I can explain correctly. If I go to Mexico for six months, then go into US, I understand if I go across the border by land it won't trigger the US ESTA. I'd then travel across ...
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UK citizen, employed by UK firm, delivering consultancy services for a Danish company in the USA

I am employed by a UK company as an IT consultant and my company has a contract with a Danish company with offices in the USA. I have been asked to travel to the USA for 1 week to help the USA members ...
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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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On my initial ESTA application I was transiting through the US. However now my travel plans have changed and I'm staying in the US. Help?

I initially applied for an ESTA in November, and I was going to travel through the US to Costa Rica - and stated this on my application. However, I never actually ended up travelling to the US or ...
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Can you apply for ESTA while in the US with a J1 visa?

I am in the US with a J1 visa that was sponsored by a university to let me study there one semester. Once the semester ended, I applied for academic training, which added another semester to my J1. In ...
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What is the ID number on this old Paraguayan ID card and does it matter for ESTA?

I'm submitting my ESTA application and I have dual citizenship (Italian/Paraguayan due to jus soli). In order to submit my ESTA the application asks whether I was ever given any passport/ID card from ...

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