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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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Arrested by police: ESTA vs US visa

For the US visa application process, they ask for arrests. I had an encounter with the police when I was in my very early teens and not sure if I was formally arrested - I certainly wasn't charged ...
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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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What proof is needed to reenter the US by land at 96 days on VWP?

Some friends flew into the US (LAX) under the VWP and drove into Tijuana, Mexico. They will be in Mexico for 2 months before flying to El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Colombia for a month and then back ...
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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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Will I overstay my Visa Waiver if I fly from Mexico to catch a flight in New York back home on the same day?

I read a lot of things here but couldn’t figure out a clear and safe answer to my own question. Thank you for your help! I will go in 3 days to the US, where I will stay exactly for 90 days (I have ...
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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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Overstayed in the USA for 2 years was arrested then deported. When can I return? [closed]

My wife, a Texan native, married me in my home country, the United Kingdom, in 2011, but shortly after had to return to the States for family matters. Six months later I joined her in Texas on a 90-...
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Do I need a second US visa waiver to re-enter after a short trip from the US to Canada?

I'm an Australian passport holder, travelling with my family to the US for 1 month, including 3 days in Canada. I have the US Visa Waiver Program, as well as the Canadian eTA visa waiver to enter ...
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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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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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Overstayed VWP, what to do? [closed]

My situation is as follows: in 2013 I entered the US through Mexico, I'm a national of some western European country. I was visiting Mexico, then crossed to the US by land (not flying), so I didn't ...
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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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Are ESTA holders exempt from having to fill in the I-94W form at all land border crossings, or only some?

The FAQ section of the ESTA website states: If you have an approved ESTA when entering the U.S. at a land border crossing, you will NOT be required to complete the paper I-94W form and your entry ...
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Possible to travel on VWP (ESTA) if previously granted a visa

My husband had a DUI conviction (no harm to property or persons) in 2006 and successfully applied for a B-2 tourist visa to visit the US in 2008. There have been no convictions since. The ESTA ...
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Visa/ESTA for returning to US after J-1 program

I currently have both an Australian and a British passport. I am studying in the United States as a J-1 student, however, my J-1 program ends on Dec 21. There is a grace period until Jan 21 but I am ...
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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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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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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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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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USA startup visa [closed]

For the past year or so, I have been working on a US-based startup from my home country (UK). I am in charge of all things technical, ie: website, software development, design, etc... As the company ...
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Re-entering the USA [duplicate]

This year I am doing some travelling above what I would normally do. I am planning on a trip to the USA in April for about 30 days. After this I am returning to England for over a month. Subsequently ...
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Can I use Visa Waiver to extend my student visa without leaving the country?

Say, for example, I had a student visa that allowed me to stay in America from September to February. Would I then be able to come in August on a Visa Waiver to America, and then when September comes ...
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Traveling to U.S on an Irish passport as a U.S citizen penalty [duplicate]

I traveled into the U.S on my Irish passport, even though i have an U.S passport because it was out of date and i didn't have time to renew it. I had to get a visa waiver and lie that i had not been ...
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Tourist to F1 change of status within 60 days [closed]

I have a PhD place at a US university starting Aug 21 but want to visit a different university for casual research for 6 weeks from July 1. This is longer than the 30 day grace period for the F1. Can ...
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Can my Australian partner visit the US for more than 90 days?

I am an American and my partner is Australian. We've been together nearly a year, and we're coming to America so he can meet my family and see where I'm from. We planned for him to use the visa waiver ...
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Visa waiver denied at airport [closed]

I was traveling from Europe to LAX and my ESTA was denied. I was sent back home. I was going only for a 12-days holiday. The problem for them was that: Somebody bought the ticket for me. Not a family ...
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Going to the USA to visit online friends after a trip to Morocco

I'm currently considering visiting the US to visit a couple of online friends. I'm not worried about safety--I've hung out with one of them in Portugal and everything was perfectly fine and I've ...
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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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Am I allowed to re-enter the US using an emergency Australian passport?

Unfortunately my Australian passport was stolen on New Year's, and as such I am now in possession of an emergency passport, which is not eligible for an ESTA. Travel plans see me travelling to Mexico ...
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I forgot to give back the I94-W form and departed from a Mexican airport [duplicate]

I'm a German citizen. I was on vacation in Tijuana and I entered the US an the San Ysidro border control. I got the green I94-W form. I did some day trips to San Diego and back to Tijuana, but I ...
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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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British person using VWP then visiting Canada before heading back to U.K..?

I'm currently in the U.S. and leaving shortly, will soon have been here just under the maximum time allowed, I'm fine leaving and could happily visit Canada at another time, yet was wondering if I was ...
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Reenter the US on VWP [duplicate]

I've been searching and came across to a lot of very useful information already on the VWP and implications on staying longer than 90days under the VWP. I'm fully aware of the fact that you can stay ...
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How many days is my ban?

If I overstay my VWP stay by let's say 2 weeks and then my USC wife puts in an adjustment of status and request for my green card, and months later after the interview it gets refused, how long is my ...
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I have a B2 visa for the US, but I was admitted under the Visa Waiver Program. Now my ESTA will expire before I leave the US. What should I do?

My dilemma is that I was admitted to the US under my B2 visa on October 27 2017, my passport was stamped with a end of stay of April 26, 2018. (see first picture). I then went to Iceland for 10 days ...
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Is it acceptable to leave USA on the 90th day of a stay?

I have a valid ESTA. If my visa waiver 90 days end on August 1, and I have a ticket leaving the US on the same day, would it be OK or should I purchase a ticket a day before?
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VWP or B2 for short stay in US on way to Canada?

My family and I (Australian citizens) are travelling to Canada for 4 months, with a stop-over in the US for 3 days. Our return flight leaves direct from Canada, we will not be transiting through the ...
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Do CBSA officials “accept” electronic I94s for transmission to the CBP?

I'm considering flying to New York, spending a week and then continuing to Montreal by Train before flying home to Europe. I've been trying to find out whether Amtrak (the US train operator) records ...
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British Iranian Dual National travelling to USA

I have lived in Scotland (Britain) all of my life and hold a full UK passport. I also have an Iranian passport as both of my parents were brought up there. I have been to Iran a handful of times, most ...
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Australian living in Canada, USA Visa Waiver Program?

I am an Australian citizen currently in the US on the VWP. My girlfriend (also an Australian citizen) and I are living in Canada on working holiday visas. We have been in the US for nearly 10 weeks, ...
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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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How do I enter multiple locations in USA on an ESTA application (same trip)? [duplicate]

I'm travelling to Orlando, then travelling to 2 other states on my trip via airplanes—how do I enter these on my ESTA application?
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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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Enter on Visa Waiver, then convert to J-1 [duplicate]

I would like to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme, and after a week of stay change over to a J-1 visa (i.e., have a week of holidays before I begin my academic exchange). Is this possible ...
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Getting my work visa after traveling on the VWP (USA)

I and going to the USA on a VWP and have been offered a job. Can my employer get my work visa while I am in the USA?
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Visiting US company using ESTA

I work as a contractor (freelancer) for a US company. I'll be visiting them (doing some meetings & training) and doing some traveling for a total of 3 weeks. Is it ok to go using ESTA? Thanks!
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USA to India via Turkey

I have a layover at Istanbul airport for 13 hours and flying from the USA to India. I want to leave the airport to visit Turkey. Do I need a transit visa for 13 hours?
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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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US VWP interruption and return from Canada

Sorry about my wrong terminology, thank you for the corrections, I am revising my question a little so hope it is a little clearer. Thank once again. We plan to travel to the US (Colorado) from the ...