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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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What is the minimum wait before I may 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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Esta return, can I reset the “clock” by visiting the Bahamas?

I've read a few questions/responses on this but seem to be reading conflicting information I've tried to find a number for immigration at Fort Lauderdale but don't appear to be able to call My ...
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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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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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How soon can I re-enter the US after my previous visit?

I entered the USA on a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on 1 July 2012 and stayed until 16 Sep 2012 (78 days). On what date in 2013 will I be able to travel to USA again under VWP?
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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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Can I visit the USA as a VWP tourist immediately prior to entry on non-tourist visa?

Here's my situation: I'm a UK citizen. I have an H-1B visa to work in the US as of 1 August. I also have a valid ESTA. I would like to go to the US in July for a holiday, immediately prior to ...
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Re-enter USA from Canada with Visa Waiver Program

My wife and I are doing a North America trip this summer. We fly to NYC, stay a couple of days, then fly to Vancouver, spend two weeks in British Columbia and then back home (Germany). We thought ...
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Is it permitted to look for a job while visiting the US under the Visa Waiver Program?

We already have a question on whether you can attend a job interview or look for work while in the US on a tourist visa. (Actually it's unresolved with two possibly conflicting answers and no solid ...
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Can we get a new visa waiver in Canada, for Alaska, when our old one expires in the US?

We are UK citizens driving from Patagonia to Alaska, then shipping home from New York. We hope to be in the US for 3 months, a couple of months in Canada then into Alaska for a couple of months and ...
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If I have an ESTA approved for transit, can I visit a second time as a tourist?

I go to México in some time, and my fly tickets first I go from Peru to the US, because of that I require a visa to enter US. In my country I can apply for VWP, but I'm a little scared of getting ...
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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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Is leaving the US for a couple of days enough to get another 3 months in the country?

I hope someone can help me. I am currently on holiday for 3 months in America under the Visa Waiver Program and would like to stay an extra 2 or 3 weeks. I know I will have to leave the country, ...
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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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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 possible to extend your stay after entering the US under VWP?

I am currently holidaying in USA and have entered the states on a ESTA visa waiver, I booked my return ticket two weeks after the 90 day ESTA expires (my fault) naively thinking it wasn't a big deal, ...
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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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Do I need an ESTA to enter the US with the Victoria Clipper ferry?

I am thinking of visiting Victoria, BC in Canada and then going to Seattle, WA in the US, with the Victoria Clipper ferry. I am a national of a country under the Visa Waiver Program. I think that if ...
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US gave me Visa Waiver stamp rather than stamp on Visa

When arriving in the US, the passport control gave me an "Admitted" stamp with class "WT until 04 may 2017". However I have a (J-1) visa until June. Can this become a problem, or is the stamp ...
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If I enter the US by land, not needing ESTA, would I then need ESTA to enter by air 3 days later?

I am a UK citizen, and therefore qualify for the USA's Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If I enter by air or sea I need to apply for (and pay for) ESTA beforehand. If I enter by land, I don't need ESTA. But ...
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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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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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Leaving the States on Visa Waiver and coming back

I'm travelling on the ESTA visa waiver, I'm now in the States but would like to go to Costa Rica for a bit (say three weeks) then come back to the States. All will be within my 90 day limit. Is that ...
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Transit in LA after 90 days in North America under VWP/ESTA

I am from NZ and have spent 90 days in the USA with an ESTA visa waiver, and I am going to Canada before returning to NZ. My return flight is from LA but I have already used my 90 days of my ESTA and ...
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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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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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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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How much money do you need to have on hand when entering USA?

My friend, a Chilean citizen, is entering the US via waiver program to spend 3 weeks in USA in a couple of weeks. She already got her ESTA approval, the plane ticket, all hotels are already booked (...
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My ESTA application was denied, can I go to the US by land instead?

I'm German citizen, planned to visit my gf in US and my ESTA wasn't authorized. I think I did stupid mistake while applying, didn't check properly my answers, contacted ESTA authorities to fix mistake ...
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Applying for a B2 visa after previous overstay as a child?

Background: So I was brought into the US under the visa waiver program as an 11 year old child in January 2000. I voluntarily left the country on Sept. 2009 when I was 20 years, 9 months, and 3 days ...
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Does a non-American need an ESTA to leave the USA?

I am a British Citizen who will be travelling to Canada and then onwards to USA by train and then returning to Canada by air. I am aware that I do not need an ESTA to enter the USA by train but do I ...
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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 ...
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Can a dual national visit USA under VWP after visa refusal for other nationality?

Recently I was refused an E-2 visa under Section 214b. To be honest I don't really know why because I have strong ties with my home country (house, bank account, family) so my lawyer sent an appeal to ...
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Is the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act” already valid?

I'd like to visit the USA in four weeks and recently read about the "Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act" which disallows people who visited Iran since 2011 to travel ...
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Visiting USA as a German with Iranian parents

I've been invited by a company to a release event of a new game next month in the USA which I'd like to go there. I was born in Germany, have the German citizenship and a German passport (just ordered)...
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Visit to US before F1 using the Visa Waiver Program

I am going to start a phd at the US with an F1 visa. University told me that I could enter the US only 30 days before the date on I-20. Since English is not my first language (and this would be a big ...
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Can my child attend a private school whilst I'm on USA ESTA?

I am British, currently staying in the USA for 6 weeks on an ESTA Visa Waiver. I am living with a local family and whilst here my child (9 years old) has been attending a private (non-state) school ...
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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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Backpacking 46 days in the US with ESTA

I am a Greek citizen; this means that I have the chance to travel with ESTA. I have already bought my plane ticket and I will be in San Fransisco for 46 days, taking my backpack and travelling by bus. ...
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UK Citizen flying to US, then Canada, then back to UK - How does this affect Visa Waiver Program?

I'm a British citizen flying from London to Seattle in late May. My plan is to stay in Seattle for a few days, then travel south to Portland before flying up to Vancouver, Canada. From there I plan to ...
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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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Travelling to the USA, but want to stay longer than 3 months? is this possible? UK citizen

I want to travel to the USA (I am UK Citizen) and I am only allowed 90 days. Is it possible for me to stay longer - say 6 months to a year, and how?
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Re-entering the US on visa waiver from Mexico by car

I am Australian and planning to travel to the US in November for a month. I will be flying into the US and as part of my trip then driving to Mexico for a week and then back to the US. Can I get a ...
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Child who entered under ESTA/VWP accompanying US citizen mother

When entering the US, I informed the Immigration officer that I was coming home on maternity leave (to give birth and stay for 4 months). My 3-year-old son, a French citizen and eligible for US ...
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Entry to The US before 30-day grace period for student visa

The F student visa allows me to enter the US up to 30 days before the program starts. For starting to set up things it is of my interest to arrive sooner than that. How hard is it to travel there ...