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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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Emails and conference calls while in the USA under ESTA (B-1 Waiver)

I will soon be visiting the USA for a couple of months under the Visa Waiver program, while on leave from my European job. I was wondering whether it would be fully legal should I check my work email ...
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How can I check if I am banned from travelling to the US?

I am a UK citizen and I last entered the US in 1998 under the Visa Waiver Program. I overstayed the maximum permitted time, leaving after approximately 21 months total stay. At no time was I ...
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Does the 90 days VWP rule expire if you travel from the US to Canada?

I'm on a New Zealand passport. From most US Embassy webpages: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries, including Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K., to travel to ...
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What “National Identification Number” to enter in an ESTA application, for a German?

I’m trying to complete an ESTA application (German citizen). One of the questions asked is about a National Identification Number, with this explanation: Enter the number on your identity document, ...
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Can I re-enter the United States after overstaying?

This is my situation. In 2011, I moved to the United States from Sweden to start at the university. I entered with an F-1 student visa that would last me until 2015, but I messed up school after my ...
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Re-entering US on ESTA after short stay [duplicate]

I'm travelling to the US from the UK under the visa waiver programme (ESTA approved). I'm going for 1 week, coming back to the UK for 3 days (for work reasons), then going back to the US for another ...
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Wrong date stamped in my passport on leaving the US. Would this cause problems for future visits?

Hoping someone could please help. I visited the US in 2015 for 2 weeks in August and I only noticed last year that the return stamp on the passport was put down as November which would mean I visited ...
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Fast re-entry on renewed ESTA?

I created an ESTA in January 2014 and then entered the U.S. on that ESTA two times in 2014 and then in April 2015, in all cases in SFO. On my visit in May 2015 I found to my delight I could now use a ...
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Can I employ a nanny in the US while there on ESTA?

I'd like to travel to the US for a few months while on ESTA. While I know that I'm not allowed to work myself it's not clear to me whether I'm allowed to hire someone to work for me? I'm interested in ...
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How can the US immigration officials know one has visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan?

Now that H.R. 2029 is in effect, people who have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan since 2011 are banned from entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program. However it's unclear to me how could the ...
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Visiting US company headquarter on visa waiver program (ESTA) or B-1

I am having trouble finding out which visa I need for visiting the US headquarter of my new company. Background: I'm starting as a software engineer in my European company. The employment is through ...
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Change in Job role and ESTA

I applied for an ESTA and it got accepted, however, since it has been accepted- I have begun a new job. Will I have to reapply for another ESTA since the job on the application is different to my ...
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Can we re-enter the US after leaving on the Visa Waiver Programme [duplicate]

Next year we plan on flying to Florida, spend a few days there and then fly to South America and spend five nights there, then fly back to Florida and spend a week there and fly back home (We are ...
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Does my ESTA show on their system when going through border control? [duplicate]

I'm planning to go from the UK to the States. I was wondering how the ESTA works. Is it all online, meaning when arriving in New York, will they see that I have been approved on the system when they ...
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Can I enter Mexico by land and go back to the US with an esta?

I'm an Italian citizen visiting the US with an ESTA. I want to go to Mexico for a day trip with some friends and then go back to the US. We'll cross into Mexico from San Diego by land and go back the ...
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Leaving USA to Central America and coming back to reset a 90 day VWP?

I currently am on the Visa Waiver Program (valid until September 2016) and am allowed to stay 90 days in the USA. I will be leaving before the end of the 90 days, going to Guatemala or Costa Rica, ...
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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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Traveling to USA with Taiwanese wife for two week vacation

I would like to know if the Visa Waiver Program is all she needs to travel to USA. We have been married for 7 years and live in Taiwan. I am a citizen of USA. She has filled out the ESTA( part of (VWP)...
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Long-distance relationship, planning to visit US partner from UK for Christmas

I'm British and planning to visit my partner in Florida for Christmas. It's a long-distance relationship and we've been speaking for a while. I never thought I'd see the day when I'd find myself in a ...
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Flying to UK to reset 90-day rule for USA's Visa Waiver Program? [duplicate]

I have an Australian passport and will be visiting the US as a tourist. Under the VWP, I know I'm allowed to stay in the US for 90 days maximum. My dates are 5 November 2014 to 2 February 2015. I ...
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US visa run by entering Mexico? [duplicate]

I'm in the US visiting family (from Ireland). My 90 days comes to an end in about a week. Can I cross the border (Tijuana), have lunch and return - getting my passport stamped, letting me stay for ...
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Making a short film while on holiday in the US

I am thinking about visiting some friends in the US for up to two months next year. I am an aspiring filmmaker and I was thinking of maybe making a self financed short film while there. This would ...
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Re-entering the USA with an expired VWP [duplicate]

I have visited the USA and I have VWP to my passport now it is out of date, but my ESTA is still valid. Am I able to enter the USA again if my VWP is out of date but my ESTA is valid? I am little bit ...
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USA ESTA Visa time if I went to London as well

I am an Australian citizen, my boyfriend has secured a working visa for USA however I can only enter without a visa. If I travel to London for a couple of weeks when my visa-free period of stay runs ...
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Residing in USA as J-1 student, want B-2 or similar for extended travel

I'm currently staying in the USA on a J-1 student visa which expires 09-15-2017. Including my 30 days grace period I need to leave the country on 10-14-2017. I would like to stay a bit longer for my ...
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I'm British, planning to visit the US; how long can I stay?

I'm British and looking to visit America for the first time. I have a friend who I will be staying with in Florida. I will be visiting under the visa waiver program. I intend on staying, if possible, ...
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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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Can I enter the US under VWP even though I have a pending J1 visa application? [closed]

I've got a rather long and convoluted question, so I'm going to try and explain everything, so I apologize for the rather lengthy post. Starting in January 2017, i was living in the USA on the J1 ...
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USA visa with prior trip to Iran in previous passport: can I get away with omitting any mention of the Iran trip? [duplicate]

If one had been to Iran after March 2011 but one's passport was replaced in the meantime, how risky would it be to visit the USA without mentioning said trip to Iran? Let me clarify there's no sketchy ...
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Entered USA by land, left by air, green paper still stapled in passport, do I risk something when going back?

During a previous trip in North America, I entered the United States by train from Canada and left the country by plane. At the moment we crossed the border by train, US officials came on board to ...
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How soon can I re-enter the USA having stayed for 90 days under the Visa Waiver Program? [duplicate]

I am currently visiting the USA from the UK (I am a UK citizen) and am intending on staying here for the full 90 days under the Visa Waiver Program. How long would I have to stay out of the US at ...
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Travelling to the US, Mexico and Central America (with a VWP for the US)

Ok this might be hard to word but I'll try. My partner and I travelled the US for 7 weeks and then left for Mexico. We have been here for 5 weeks and about to head on to Central America. I am ...
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Can I apply for an ESTA while I have a pending US visa application for my second non-VWP eligible passport?

One month ago, I applied for a US visa using a non-VWP passport and have been selected for administrative processing (no luck I know). Now, I have a new passport from a VWP country. Can I apply for ...
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Visiting the US after visiting Yemen [closed]

I am a British citizen with a British passport, and have travelled quite extensively for holidays. I like going off the beaten track, and am seriously contemplating a trip to the Yemeni island of ...
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Does flying to the Cayman Islands reset the VWP clock?

Have 4 week stay in Florida then 2 weeks in Cayman and back to us for 8 weeks. Does the 2 week stay in Cayman use up time out of my 90 day esta? I know I can't start a new 90 day clock when I return ...
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US VWP: can I fly into the US and return home from Costa Rica?

I am planning to go to the US, entering under the Visa Waiver Program. I fly into Los Angeles on October 22nd and, 2 months later, go to Mexico. I'll go by land to Costa Rica and, from there, fly to ...
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Does my friend need to show my return ticket home when taking domestic flights with ESTA?

My friend is visiting/traveling US with ESTA, and my friend had to show the return flight ticket when first departing from hometown to US (to ensure that they are not just staying here in US). Now, ...
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Dividing a 90-day stay in the US under the VWP

I am currently visiting Hawaii for an extended period, and will be flying to Australia for a week during my stay in the US. Here's my itinerary: Day 0: Enter US Day 45: Fly to Australia Day ...
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Will I Experience Issues At Immigration Attempting To Stay With My Girlfriend For 85 Days On VWP?

My girlfriend and I met online and she is a US citizen, living in the US. We have already met in person once; when I went to the US for 2 weeks earlier in the year to see her. She is coming to the UK ...
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Flight enters US before my visa is valid

I have gotten a non-immigrant visa that starts on August 15. I thought it would start on August 1, and got a flight from Europe to the US for August 4. What can I do in this situation? I think ...
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Enter USA on VWP after B2 overstay?

I have a B1/B2 visa on one of my passports. A few years ago I went to the United States on this visa and ended up overstaying for a few weeks (~20 days). I applied for an extension (form I-539) before ...
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US E3 visa holder: can I still travel to the US on the visa waiver program?

I'm an Australian citizen, and I hold an E3 visa to work in the US. Can I still travel to the US for a holiday on the visa waiver program?
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Entered USA on VWP; want to visit Canada, then return

I'm an Irish citizen visiting the US on the Visa Waiver Program. I have been on the east coast of the US for the summer traveling and sightseeing. On the first of August I plan on going to Canada to ...
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Is an ESTA valid for 90 days in total or 90 days at a time?

An ESTA allows me to stay in the US for up to 90 days and it is valid for two years. I see two ways to interpret this: The ESTA expires when 90 total days in the US or two years from approval have ...
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Visit to USA before F1 with a valid ESTA [duplicate]

I am French, and next month I will move to the USA to study there. I can enter the US with my F1 visa only 30 days before the date on I-20. However, I would like to go to the US before this date for a ...
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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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Can I re-enter the United States?

I traveled to the USA for about a month before I came to Canada on a working holiday visa. I didn't leave North America. Am I still able to go back to the USA? I have been told that I can't, that I ...
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VWP: Multiple visits to the U.S. during more than 90 days [duplicate]

I have recently been accepted as an exchange student in Canada and will stay there for a couple of months. My question is regarding potential visits to the U.S. I qualify for the Visa Waiver Program ...
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German citizen travelling in Canada - can I enter the US for a short trip to Seattle?

I'm a German citizen travelling in British Columbia, Canada – I would like to enter the US for a short trip to Seattle. I did this a few years back where I just went up to the border, filled in a ...
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Is volunteer work allowed in the US while visiting under the VWP or a B1/B2 visa?

I am going to Santa Monica for 4 weeks to polish my English in July and would like to volunteer at the Planetary Society located in Pasadena. I am a Swiss citizen and have a biometric passport. ...