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Questions tagged [us-visa-waiver-program]

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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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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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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Will staying for 3 months be complicated for my grandmother? [closed]

Last year my grandmother (EU citizen, retired, widow, lives alone) came to the US for 3 months (sept-nov). I’d like for her to come back for another 3 months this year (july-sept). She hardly speaks ...
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Documents required by UK citizens traveling to the US by train

I am a British citizen and I will be traveling from the UK to Toronto and staying in Canada for couple of weeks and then traveling by train from Montreal to New York where I will be staying for 4 days ...
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Working in the USA for living expenses only; allowed on VWP?

My 18-year old niece has been offered work in LA by a 20 year old American born videographer she met at the Cannes Film Festival. She is learning scriptwriting/directing. He has suggested that he pays ...
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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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Got a new stamp under VWP while re-entering the US via Canada while old stamp was still valid

I have an ESTA and entered the US on the 14th of March. Under ESTA I have to leave the country in 90 days from that date. During my travels I flew to Vancouver as well and stayed in Canada for 3 weeks....
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Can you still travel to America on the visa waiver program if you have been to Iran in transit?

Me and my wife travelled to South East Asia in 2017 and on the way back to the UK we had to do a layover in Iran. We didn't leave the airport nor did we get our passports stamped. My wife would like ...
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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 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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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 ...
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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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backpacking on ESTA VWP for 75 days a problem at border crossing? [duplicate]

I want to go to the US for 2.5 months and I'm a little scared I will have difficulty getting in because it's for so long. I'm going to backpack and stay with friends, i have two inland flights as well,...
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Dual citizen of VWP countries and potential re-entry to the US on the other

Sneaky I know - but out of sheer curiosity - can someone leave the US on the passport they entered with their visa-waiver (before 90 days), reapply immediately with their other (esta eligible) country ...
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B2 VISA REJECTION DILEMMA [closed]

Both my wife and I applied recently for a B2 visa. The purpose is to stay longer period than what ESTA offers (90 days). We're Australian Citizens, in the early 60s, both have full time job with ...
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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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Does the UK share Advanced Passenger Information System with the USA? [closed]

I am considering to visit Iran. After that, I would fly to the UK, either via Qatar or Turkey. I read that I don't qualify to enter the United States under the visa waiver program after visiting Iran....
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How do I get past a 3-year ban from overstay with VWP? [duplicate]

I have an overstay with a VWP of 333 days, I had to leave the US in January 2018 but stayed until December 2018 to take care of an American citizen who has no family. I have a 3 year ban. So I had to ...
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Can an Iranian citizen enter the USA on a Dutch passport?

I'm a Dutch citizen with a passport and also an Iranian citizen. I would like to visit the USA. I have not been in iran for 5 years. Can I enter the USA?
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ESTA visiting the US twice for 40 days each with a 20 day break in between

Does the ESTA 90 day limit count days SPENT WITHIN the US only? I intend to stay in the US for 40 days, followed by 20 days in Chile for holidays, then possibly a short 3 day stay in my home country ...
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H2B visa denied in 2011, but wanting to go on vacation in the USA this summer

I was denied an H2B visa to the United States in late 2011. I tried to get an ESTA not long after but was rejected. It was denied as at the time I had little residency in the UK. Now circumstances ...
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US border stamp validity

I am visiting a friend in the US and I was given a stamp on the passport on arrival: 7th March till 4 June. However, I will leave on the 26th of April for three weeks in Indonesia and then re-enter ...
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American Airlines Delay Responsibility for overstaying 1 day VWP [duplicate]

Will American Airlines take responsibility for overstaying 1 day of VWP due to a delay in a connecting flight?
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Why is there a separate queue at immigration for first time visitors and one for repeat?

My brother just landed in the USA at Newark and told there were separate queues -- one for those who have entered the USA within the last two years on ESTA and the other for first time visitors. Why ...
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Entering USA under VWP while also being a student

I am a a dual-citizen in two European countries A and B. I am currently a J1 Visa student in USA using my A passport, but will be going to Europe to work during the summer, and return to the US again ...
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Compassionate circumstances

We are UK citizens in USA since 29 January travelling on a recently acquired ESTA and 3 month waiver programme on a compassionate visit overseeing the care of my wife's sister who is back home ...
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British citizenship, Polish passport, travelling to the US

I might have to travel for work to the US - for the first time ever. I am currently a holder of a Polish passport (where I was born) but also acquired British citizenship (didn't apply for a passport ...
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What is the minimum wait before I may I re-enter the USA after a 90 day visit on the Visa Waiver Program?

I entered the USA on a three month visa waiver program from Australia. I am about to return to Australia and would like to come back again to the USA. How long do I have to wait until I can re-enter ...
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Questions on ESTA and business purpose

I'm a citizen from a VWP (Visa Waiver Program) country, currently studying at university (in my home country) and working remotely as a contractor for a US company and I've been invited to the US by ...
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Travelling to the US on different visas as a family

I'll be entering the US soon with my family. I will be on an O1 visa and they will be on ESTAs. When I've travelled solo there is always a different line for the ESTA and for those entering on a ...
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Granted admission on WB instead of B1/B2, Denied Correction by CBP

Hoping someone can help me here, Just trying to find out what options I have. I first travelled to America on a WB in Aug 2018 and left in Nov 2018. While back in Australia (my home country) I ...
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Entering the US on a tourist visa after expiration of E3D

I was wondering whether anyone could provide any advice on re-entering the US on a tourist visa (via the Visa Waiver Program/ ESTA) after the expiration of an E3D visa? My E3D visa expires on the 6th ...
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Can I get a Visa Waiver after spending 6 months in USA with B-2 Visa?

I was wondering if it would be possible to arrange a longer stay (I have some travel plans that would take longer to complete: Appalachian trail, route 66, etc.) by first applying for B-2 visa to stay ...
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Leaving Mexico after 90 days as part of ESTA requirements

The situation is this: my fiancée has traveled to Mexico from the UK, and we had a short layover of 3 hours in NYC, then headed to Mexico where we planned to stay for 180 days as she was allowed on ...
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Which countries count for the 90-day limit in the US Visa Waiver Program?

What are all the ineligible countries that do not restart the 90-day Visa Waiver into the USA?
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Airline's agreement to transport passengers to the U.S. under Visa Waiver Program has expired. Do I need a visa?

I'm planning to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. However, I noticed that my airline's agreement to transport passengers to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program has ...
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What visa do I need to travel to the United States (Texas)

I'm planning on traveling to Texas (El Paso) in October 2014. This will be my first time traveling alone with no parents. I do not fully understand visas and their needs. This trip is purely for ...
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Cancel VWP return flight after entering USA

I will travel to the USA under Visa Waiver Program. Thus I will leave the US inside 90 days but for a number of reasons not relevant to this question I do not yet know exactly when I'll depart. Since ...
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Requesting entry to the US in a particular visa class when I have more than 1 valid visa

Assuming I currently hold 2 visas for the USA. A 10-year validity B-1/B-2, issued a number of years ago but still valid, last used about 6 years ago An H-1B visa valid for a couple of months ...
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CBP Reminds Travelers to Allow 72 Hours for ESTA. Why?

ESTA website has this alert on top in red. REMINDER: Apply for ESTA no later than 72 hours before departing for the United States. Real-time approvals will no longer be available and arriving at ...
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I'm an AU citizen living in Canada…how do I regularly visit my friend in the USA?

I'm about to move to Canada for work, and am an AU citizen. I have a dear friend who lives just 3 hours away in the USA and another close friend in Texas. Ideally, I'd like to spend as many of my ...
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Travelling to the US for independent research with VWP

I am planning to come to the US for a period of 5 weeks to conduct independent research as visiting scholar in a University. I will not receive any payment, and travel and accomodation expenditures ...
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Is the CBP more likely to interrogate lone travellers who haven't booked hotels?

My girlfriend is currently in America working at a summer camp, and I am due to fly there in a few weeks from the UK. She will meet me at the airport, and we plan to travel down the East Coast ...
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EU citizen driving from Mexico to Usa and Canada, then driving back to Mexico after spending 5 months in Canada is possible?

Me and my girlfriend are travelling central america for the last few years and we are currently in Mexico planning a road trip to Canada via the USA with our car. Being EU citizens we will be ...
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German citizen, US LLC, living in Germany: Can I use an VWP?

So: I am a German citizen with no US visa status I am one of two members of an US LLC (the other member is US citizen) I am getting paid in the form of member distributions in USD My questions are: ...
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VWP Question answered wrong

So my fiance from the UK was granted a VWP and has traveled twice to the US. After recently asking questions in regards to a k-1 visa that we're in the process of, it came to my attention that we may ...
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Can I enter the US with a typo in my ESTA application?

I'm flying to the US in two days and just realized I made a mistake in my ESTA application (I'm a EU citizen). Specifically, I mistook an O (the letter) for a 0 (the number) when entering my passport ...
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I am not eligible for the US Visa Waiver Program due to a past conviction. Is there any way to get a longer US validity visa?

I am barred for life from the US visa waiver programme. I have always followed the rules, never overstayed etc., etc., - I thought building up a history and following all rules and being honest from ...
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Transit or visitor when travelling through Newark en-route to Canada - with a stop in US on return journey

I shall be travelling to the US and Canada this month, and have a query about US customs. We are British citizens both with ESTAs, so are eligible for VWP, this question is not about visa requirements....