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A US program that allows citizens of specific countries to visit the United States for tourism or business purposes without a visa.

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Is undertaking lab research on the USA Visa Waiver program allowed?

I am a UK medical student and wanted to do some lab research this summer. I got in contact with a university professor and sorted out a 11-week project at his lab. I also received a grant from a ...
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Academic Research on ESTA? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student at a European university, and national of an ESTA country. I will visit the US for 2 months as I informally collaborate with a professor based at a US university. I plan to conduct ...
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How many times can I go to the US in a year? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of going to the US this summer from June to September with an Visa Waiver Program for 3 months. And again for Christmas for 2 months, middle of December to middle of February.with Visa ...
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UK citizen living in UK, contractor for US company. ESTA Requirements?

I'm a UK citizen who lives permanently in the UK I work as a self-employed contractor/consultant for a US company. I work for them primarily remotely from the UK, and the company sends my payments ...
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ESTA travels - Good travel history but still very worried!

I am 24 years old and I have been visiting the USA with family since I was 9 years old. Never overstayed, even had a J1 visa and left in my grace period. Last year I had 3 visits to the USA, each had ...
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Can my wife travel with my ESTA?

I am French, but my wife is Turkish. We are both residents of the UK, where we got married. We need to go to the USA, and I am wondering: As my wife, can she come with a group ESTA or do we need to ...
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Visiting Iraq after submitting B2 visa as a British citizen

I have follow up questions to this one please. I've already submitted B2 application and am awaiting an interview in July time. If I travel to Iraq before the interview, do I need to re-submit ...
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Which US visa do I need as a British citizen who had visited Iraq?

I want to confirm which exact US visa I need to apply for given my situation. I'm a British citizen, but I've visited Iraq since 2011. I understand that I can't use an ESTA to visit the US, but I'm ...
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ESTA: Have you ever been issued a Passport or National Identity Card for travel by any other country?

I am naturalized in Germany this year, 2023, and want to spend holidays with relatives in the USA. I renounced my previous citizenship this year. I am having difficulty answering the above mentioned ...
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UK citizen ESTA/VWP eligibility with previous arrest

I'm a UK citizen looking to travel to the US for the first time. I have been reading about the entry requirements and I am seeing conflicting rules/advice from different places regarding whether or ...
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Entry denial concern, travelling from UK to USA to see girlfriend after becoming newly unemployed

Earlier this year I travelled from the UK to visit my girlfriend who lives in the US. My employment is I look after my dad who is disabled, I receive benefits for this. I'm planning on visiting my ...
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How to answer transit question in ESTA application?

A friend is trying to complete the US ESTA application for a trip to Mexico. They will be flying in to LAX and then driving to Mexico the same day, and on their trip home they'll be driving from ...
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Norfolk Island Aussie citizen status when entering the USA

Norfolk Island is a territory between* Australia and New Zealand. Up until 2016 it was self-governing, however in the middle of that year Australia changed its status, and most Australian laws now ...
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Why are there non-carriers in the Signatory Visa Waiver Program carriers list?

I look at the Signatory Visa Waiver Program carriers list (mirror) and I see a few non-carriers, e.g.: LG Electronics, Inc. (02/18/2029) Qualcomm Incorporated (11/29/2029) Visa U.S.A. Inc (05/21/2026)...
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How can I know if an airline has a non-expired US Customs Visa Waiver Agreement?

I read on https://simpleflying.com/philippine-airlines-us-visa-waiver-carrier-agreement-expires/: Philippine Airlines' US Customs Visa Waiver Agreement has expired, preventing them from transporting ...
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ESTA approved but incorrect order of parents' first names and surnames

My girlfriend has been approved for ESTA, but when looking at the parents section, she has put their first name and surnames in the wrong order. Is this worth reapplying over? As stated, the ESTA has ...
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This article in a major Australian newspaper says Aussies just gained visa-free access to Japan. Didn't we already have it?

I've been visiting Japan for something like twenty years with Australian passports and never needed to obtain a visa in advance. I've always been granted 90-day stays. I was there a few months before ...
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VWP/ESTA eligibility after AOS during a previous admission

I am a citizen of the United Kingdom and a prior holder of a US Green Card. I successfully immigrated to the United States after being admitted under the VWP by adjusting my status within the 90 day ...
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US citizen abroad in a country on the visa waiver program, has a baby eligible for citizenship, can I bring him on a foreign passport

I am a US citizen abroad in a country on the visa waiver program, I have a baby eligible for citizenship but due to backlog, to book an appointment at the consulate to make a consular report of birth ...
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ESTA advice please!: UK > USA

Regarding ESTA I visited the USA October 2022, staying for 79 days (returned January 2023). 6 months later in July 2023, I would like to return to USA for 64 days. Visiting my boyfriend, family, ...
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VWP - Entering USA from Canada after 90 days in Canada

I am trawling the internet for an answer to my question and thought this forum could help. I am an Australian citizen and have been holidaying in Canada for more than 90 days. I would now like to ...
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VWP vs a B1/B2 visa I already have - using which makes more sense for me?

I'm soon planning to visit my friend in the United States for a few days. It's been a long while since I last visited US and at that time, the country I am from was not a part of Visa Waiver Program. ...
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US visa renewal via DropBox

I'm applying from Nigeria to renew my visa for Dropbox (I have met all the requirements) and I answered questions regarding DHL drop-off, but the last question I answered states the following: ...
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ESTA with travel to Cuba before 2021

My friend (a French citizen) visited Cuba in 2015, and wants to visit the US on an ESTA. I know Cuba was designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 2021, and travelling to such a country makes one ...
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US B1/B2 Visa interview wait times - what is Waiver Visitor in this context?

In looking up the potential wait times for a B1/B2 visa interview, at Visa Appointment Wait Times, I'm presented with a table of different wait times for different types of visa interview appointments....
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Getting ESTA after 221(g) refusal due to interview request

I am in the process of applying for a J1 visa from Germany. I automatically qualified for the "mail-in program" where one does not need to come in for an interview to get a J1. I was refused ...
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Do I risk breaching the rules of VWP if I stay in Mexico with only occasional trips to the US over a 120+ day period?

We have an intern volunteering with us in Mexico, traveling on a New Zealand passport. She arrived in Mexico (via LAX) in mid-June, with plans on returning to NZ (via LAX) in mid-Sept, which meant ...
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What counts as a mental disorder for ESTA?

There is a question in the ESTA : Do you have a physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict; or do you currently have any of the following diseases (communicable diseases are ...
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Coming back to the US after 90 day VWP stay [duplicate]

I recently was in the US completing some fieldwork for my PhD (interviews and observing meetings etc). I was there for the full 90 days that my VWP ESTA allowed, and left in May. However, There has ...
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Is there any point in trying to figure out why (or rectify) my I-94 Class of Admission is WB?

After seeing it mentioned here a few times, out of curiosity, I decided to look at my records on https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/ After I saw this: Class of Admission :WB I looked around and saw that this ...
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I made a mistake on my ESTA, am I screwed?

So, in 2018 I travelled with my family to the U.S using the ESTA system, and there were no issues with that. We have planned another trip to the States this year and I filled out the ESTA form myself ...
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Will this VWP stamp be reset upon returning to the US?

My boyfriend came to the US from April 3 to April 13. He wants to come back in May and use the rest of his 80 days since he gets 90 days in the US under the Visa Waiver Program, however we are having ...
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Do I need to show return tickets at the airport in the US with ESTA as a German?

I plan to fly with German citizenship from Spain to the US - San Francisco. I got already an ESTA I read in every source that you need an backflight for getting a ESTA. I filled out the form for the ...
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ESTA application changed status from authorized to pending

My ESTA application got approved 30 minutes after submitting, and I have printed out the "Authorization Approved" document with all the details. Now, almost 48 hours later, I have received ...
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Should my friend with a drug offense as a minor apply for US visa waiver?

My friend is a UK citizen, and when she was 17 she was present in the house of a drug dealer when police raided it. I'm not clear on all the legal technical details, but my understanding is that she ...
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How to retrieve US visa appointment payment receipt [closed]

I was waiting for scheduling H1B in person interview for myself and dependents (wife and child) so I paid for 3 of us in cgi portal and got the payment receipt number auto populated. Since I was ...
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VWP - 2 stays of 90 days with a trip to Central America from Canada

My family and I are currently planning a road trip in the US + Canada. We are European Citizens. Our current plan for the tour is: Land in LAX, buy a motor home, drive up north and then cross the ...
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Is an "onward" flight always acceptable for travelling to the US under the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA)

I plan to fly to the US under the VWP (ESTA) program, using a one-way flight from Taiwan (TPE) to Los Angeles (LAX). I will also book a one-way flight from LAX to Chicago (ORD), and another one-way ...
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Traveled on an invalid ESTA due to prior N Korea trip. How screwed am I?

So long story short: I went to North Korea for a week as a tourist in 2013. I received an ESTA in 2018. In early August 2019, people who have visited North Korea were no longer eligible for the VWP. ...
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Visiting Canada after two months in the USA on ESTA

I have visited the USA for two months on an ESTA and plan to go to Canada for two additional months by air. My plan is to return to my home country directly from Canada and not return via the USA. I ...
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Is an in-progress visa application a problem for getting a visa waiver?

A friend who is a UK citizen is planning to visit me in the US in November, when the Covid travel restrictions will get changed. Due to a miscommunication, she mistakenly began the process of applying ...
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Visiting the US under VWP as a C-Corp shareholder

I'm in a situation that I haven't read about, but imagine wouldn't be super uncommon. I'm a co-founder of and own 50% of a C-Corp entity. My other founder is a US citizen who owns the remaining 50%. ...
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Over stayed ESTA for more than 6 Month Forgiveness

I entered the United States with my ESTA (electronic system for travel authorization) from Chile last year legally. Before 180 days passed, I got married. We never submitted the adjustment status ...
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One-way flight to USA on ESTA, leaving by foot?

Summary: Can I fly into the USA on a one way ticket on ESTA, if I plan to return to Canada by foot? And does Amtrak/Greyhound share return leg with US Immigration? I'm a visa waiver national with a ...
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What are the limits for a stay in the US with ESTA/VWP? [duplicate]

I plan to visit the US for 2 months (mid-August to mid-October) and then again for Christmas holidays. I know that the for a single visit I have to limit myself to 90 days, and I plan to stay well ...
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Does a visa refusal make one ineligible for the US Visa Waiver Program?

It seems to be consensus on this site that being denied a US visa makes it practically impossible to get an ESTA. I agree on the 'practically' part but I can't seem to find anything definitive from ...
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I have a valid ESTA and I got refused a B1/B2 US Visa

I just got denied a B1/B2 Visa as my reason for going to the US was to open my business. I still have a valid ESTA. Can I still fly with my ESTA? Can the homeland security immigration at the airport ...
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Visa Waiver Program-> Mexico -> F1 Visa [duplicate]

I am a New Zealander wanting to clarify some travel plans for next month regarding my F1 visa to alleviate some anxiety! Current itinerary is: Fly NZ-US, enter on VWP ~60 days before class starts (...
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Confusion in DS160 address and passport address

I am from India. I will be applying for F1 Visa. While filling the DS160 form I got confused about what to fill in my home address and mailing address. My present address on my passport is of the ...
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Risks with applying for National Interest Exception for Travel to the US [closed]

My employer (in Sweden) wants me to prepare for a possible trip to the US in May. They believe that we will be able to get a National Interest Exception for entering the US despite current ...
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