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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Will I face problems if staying 91 days in the US visa-free?

I am going in less then a month to the United States for a 3 month period. I already have an ESTA that's valid until the end of the year. I already have my flight tickets, but I read somewhere that ...
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Can I extend my stay in the US whilst travelling on the VWP

Please note: I DO NOT WANT TO STAY OVER 90 DAYS If I am visiting the US travelling on the VWP and decide to extend my stay (but still within the 90 day limit) is this ok? I had a return flight ...
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How do you know if you have a 10-year ban for overstaying in the USA?

How do you know if you have a 10-year ban for overstaying in the USA? I am English, married to an American for 4 years now. I am back in England now but I overstayed my visa briefly because of health ...
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J-1 visa and Visa Waiver Program during grace period

I am a French national and currently working in the US under a J-1 visa. This visa will expire on May 30. I intend to leave the US to travel to Central America and Mexico, then to re-enter the country ...
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ESTA was not approved but I have a valid visa

I have dual citizenship (Israel, Switzerland). I am 63 years old and I was born in Syria, but I have not been there and I have not been there or in any country for more than 40 years and I have not ...
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Can I travel for an academic visit and tourism on the same VWP?

I will travel to the USA in October to attend a friend's wedding. I will also be visiting a lab afterwards on the same trip (I was invited to collaborate without any remuneration). The total duration ...
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Re-entering the US after an extended period in Canada [duplicate]

I entered the US under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) which allows me to stay in US for 90 days. I moved on to Canada after 30 days and I am now doing an extended stay in the Canada for 80 days. I ...
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Can I re-enter the USA after just a couple of days out of the country on a visa waiver?

I know that ideally I would go back home for a while before returning to the US, but my son is a US citizen and he asked for my help as he has a newborn. I’m financially stable, so is my son. Since ...
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Switching from VWP to a US F-1 visa [duplicate]

I am an Italian citizen and hold an F-1 visa that will be valid starting one month from now. I also have a valid ESTA travel authorization. I would like to ask if the following travel steps would be ...
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Visa for Italy, leaving on flight to Lisbon 9/4/18 scheduled arrival in Rome 9/5/18 [closed]

I am a Catholic priest with appointment as ass't pastor at American Church in Rome. Visa papers in order I hope with letter from Vatican Secretary of State and American pastor in Rome with whom I'll ...
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Time taken to receive ESTA approval

How many days/hour does it take to receive an ESTA authorisation since placing online application?
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May I enter the US on the VWP and then leave and return immediately on a J1?

Is it possible to enter the US on VWP, then leave and return on a J1 visa immediately?
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Visa waiver program when receiving fee as a conference speaker [duplicate]

I will be speaking at a conference in the USA soon, where I will receive a fee and reimbursement for my travel expenses. The conference will not be held by a University, but by a private company. I ...
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Vancouver Amtrak to US from Canada

I am planning on flying from the EU to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). I have an eTA. Then I will take the Amtrak to Seattle, Washington (US). I have an ESTA. Questions: Can somebody please ...
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Can I enter the US on the VWP three weeks after I leave it on F1 status?

I'm currently in the US on a F1 visa, doing OPT. My work permit expires on July 23rd and I decided to go back to my home country. The "problem" now is that I've already planned a vacation with my ...
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Re-entering on the Visa Waiver Program for the USA

In November last year I visited Florida, and as a New Zealand citizen, I had to go through the process of applying for and getting an ESTA (which costs money, making it feel suspiciously like a visa). ...
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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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Can I enter the United States on a Visa Waiver, go to Mexico and re-enter with an F1 visa?

I have seen this question being asked many many times but yet have not found a satisfying answer nor anyone with experience. I have an F1 visa to study in the United States and I know I can only ...
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Can I drive to Canada and re-enter USA under VWP? [duplicate]

I'm currently residing in the USA with a non-expired H-1B visa, but I stopped working 24 days ago, so I have 36 days left in my grace period. In about 36 days, can I drive to Canada and re-enter the ...
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USA visa runs with B-1/B-2 and Visa Waiver Program on two different passports?

For someone who has two non-US passports, one eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (European) and one not eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (Israeli) but which does hold a 10-year, multiple entry B-...
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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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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 ...