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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Have a valid ESTA on EU passport, dual citizenship of non-ESTA country. Got new non-ESTA Passport. Need new ESTA application?

I have a valid ESTA on my European Passport, and have a second citizenship of a non-VWP country. By the time I applied to the ESTA, I had one valid non-VWP passport but since then it expired and ...
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USA ESTA and j-1 visa application [closed]

I am Japanese. I was accepted to do internship at university in USA. This university is very close to Canada. I wonder if it is possible that I enter US by ESTA and travel somewhere and then receive ...
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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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What should my girlfriend say to border patrol when visiting the US? [closed]

I'm an American citizen and will soon relocate to the US for work. I currently work in Italy. My girlfriend will come in September and stay 3 months with me. What is the best thing for her to say to ...
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US visa granted before VWP. Will I need a US visa now?

I'm an ex-pat British Citizen living in New Zealand. Many years ago (c1987), before the days of the Visa Waiver Program, I went to New York for a short business trip (about 10 days), and was granted ...
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Vist US for 90 days ( VWP), leave and return for 70 more days; is that a problem? [duplicate]

I'm an Australian citizen who, after graduation, wants to spend 6 months travelling, most of that in US, and return for a graduate job in Australia after that 6 months. My plan was to use the Visa ...
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Overstayed my US visa for over 10 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist?

In 2000, I traveled to the US via a J-1 Work And Travel program and lived there, illegally, for 11 years. I was never arrested, or had any trouble with the law, I was never deported. I paid my taxes (...
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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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Is this a legit ESTA application? [duplicate]

I filled an ESTA application. Two days later I received the following email from info@estausa.org Dear John Doe, We kindly ask you to reconfirm your Gender – Male or Female? Before we ...
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Under the Visa Waiver program, can I leave by land in transit to Guatemala? [duplicate]

When entering the US by air, can one cross the Mexican border with the intent of leaving Northern America? How does the transit time in Mexico count toward the 90 day limit of the VWP, and how does ...
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Travelling through USA to Canada [duplicate]

I have been approved for a second working holiday visa in Canada on my Dutch passport, after having used my New Zealand passport the last time for the working holiday visa. This time I want to fly ...
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Dual citizenship. Am I eligible to travel to the US via the Visa Waiver Program

So I'm planning to go to the US in December. I have dual citizenship, South Africa and Portugal. I was looking to travel on my portuguese passport using the visa waiver program. My only issue is I ...
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Can I get in the US on a B2 before an F1 starting date?

I'm a European citizen studying in the US on a F-1 visa. I'm currently spending this current semester in South Korea as an exchange student. Since this semester is considered to be out-of-status for ...
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How soon can I return to the US from the UK on an ESTA after abandoning the K1 visa?

How soon can I return to the US from the UK on an ESTA after abandoning the K1 visa Background My finacee and I were going to marry in the US as she was doing a PHD there (she is American). However ...
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Supervising hardware installation when traveling to the US using VWP

I fly to Florida on Tuesday for a fortnights holiday and have been asked by my employer to return 6 days after I return to supervise installation of video walls supplied by a UK company sold to an ...
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To obtain WB status, should I renew my ESTA (it was used for a tourist travel before)? [duplicate]

Note: As kindly mentioned by Jan Doggen, this question is new, because I specifically talk about diffrence between business vs. tourist ESTA and how to obtain WB status. I (german) applied for ESTA ...
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Returning by VWP after 60 days?

I spent 3 months in the USA over the Christmas period on the VWP and left Feb 06 last. I stayed with a friend for that period; I had wanted to visit my other friend in Washington but he was taken ill. ...
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How soon can I re-enter the USA after staying there for 60/90 days ? when does the program re-set? [duplicate]

I am travelling to the USA from england next month, after about 60 days travelling i am going to cuba for about a week, and then I'm hoping to go to cancun and from there to Hawaii, would i be able to ...
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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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I will exceed the 90 day ESTA limit while I am in Central America

I am an Australian passport holder. I intend to travel to the United States under the VWP (ESTA approved) for the 90 day period. After 83 days in the US, I will depart for Mexico where I will be ...
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Staying in USA while working for a company as an international courier - possible on ESTA?

I have a chance to live in California but work for a European company and I'm not a US citizen. the work involves constantly leaving and returning from other countries as a courier. I would be paid ...
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Can I fit a kitchen in the US on the visa waiver program?

I am a sole trader and am based in the UK as a freelance kitchen fitter. I have been asked to fit a kitchen for a client in the US. The kitchen is being built in the UK and shipped over. I have fitted ...
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Is an ESTA enough when travelling by land from Canada to US and back to Canada? We have an Esta and are flying to and back from Canada [duplicate]

Is an ESTA enough when travelling by land from Canada to US with an RV and back to Canada with the RV? We have an Esta and are flying to Toronto and back from Calgary Canada.
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When entering the US on VWP, are you required to have proof of onward travel within the 90 days?

I am intend to visit the United States from the United Kingdom for about 80 days under the Visa Waiver Program (I already have an ESTA approved). After this, I intend to fly to Canada to stay for 3-4 ...
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Can I cancel my B2 visa appointment?

So I booked for a B2 visa appointment not realising the VWP and no longer need the appointment. Is it ok to cancel my visa appointment and then go for the ESTA instead?
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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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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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Flying to the US without an ESTA [duplicate]

I have a British passport and live in the UK. I was visiting Canada a few weeks ago and crossed the border (by car) to the US and got a 90 day visa. I am now back in the UK but the visa is still in ...
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Will British passport holder with many Middle Eastern visas have a problem entering the US?

l am a British citizen with a British passport and, in my passport, I have many, many visas for Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Zanzibar and other countries in the Middle East. I am flying with Emirates from ...
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Overstayed VWP in the USA

I am a German/British national. About 6 years ago, I entered the US under the VWP, but overstayed my allowed time. When I left the States, I was asked no questions. I have never been arrested or in ...
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ESTA application paperwork

My wife and I flew from Toronto Pearson, Canada to Tampa Florida, USA in November 2015. We are British citizens, resident in Canada, with official Permanent Resident status. We completed ESTAs. We ...