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Getting US visa for a job meeting

Greg Hewgill's answer is correct, but one caveat: do not talk to the immigration officer about doing any work in the US. A series of business meetings is fine, but the VWP does not allow you to work ...
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Getting US visa for a job meeting

As a UK citizen, you are eligible for Visa Waiver Program entry: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables most citizens or nationals of participating countries* to travel to the United States for ...
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Can a UK national work as a paid shop assistant in the USA?

The only regular non-immigrant visa category that would conceivably allow working in a shop (no matter whether paid or not) would be H-2B for temporary non-agricultural workers. But that is a purely ...
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Visiting girlfriend in the USA

The visa waiver program allows you to do the things you could do on a visitor visa, which includes "Visit with friends or relatives". What you are actually doing is completely proper and permitted. ...
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Refuse to answer questions at border control

The Home Office was asked in 2015, what the legal basis for such questioning is. Here is their answer. Assuming that you are an EEA national, Border Force officers can ask you any questions that ...
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Does having no exit record from the UK on my passport risk my visa application for re entering?

Do you think having no exit record from the UK on my passport will risk my visa application for re entering? No. The UK does not place exit records in passports. Nobody has such a record, and not ...
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Can a UK national work as a paid shop assistant in the USA?

I believe it is too late to apply for 2019, but the J-1 visa summer work travel program allows this sort of work situation if you are a currently-enrolled post-secondary student and your visit is ...
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New British Passport and entering UK for the first time

What you have heard is completely untrue. Countries issue passports to their citizens abroad all the time, and those citizens use those passports to return to the country of issue. If what you have ...
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How can I check if I am banned from travelling to the US?

The ban is a matter of law based on the facts of your situation. You can look at the law and make your own determination about whether you are currently under a ban based on the facts of your ...
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New UK passport dual citizenship observation

HM Passport Office will place this observation in your passport when your name in your British passport is different to the name in your other nationality passport, and it is believed to be difficult ...
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New UK passport with new name; would the US know it's still me? Suspected outstanding warrant

Although it doesn't entirley answer your question, I am posting this as answer because I don't think you appreciate the risks involved here. Your proposition is to travel to a foreign country and ...
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UK citizen married to an Irish citizen. How much time can I spend in the EU after Brexit?

Because your wife is an Irish citizen, you are the spouse of an EU citizen. You will therefore continue to have rights under the free movement directive even after most citizens of the UK cease ...
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US entry with tourist visa but past alcohol arrest

But from what I’ve read, a Visa doesn’t guarantee entry... what are the chances of me now being denied entry by an agent at the border? Exceedingly small. That disclaimer is there because the ...
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Travelling in US for more than 90 days

If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you can apply for a Visa. That might be the better alternative than hopping out and in, as it removes the cost - and the risk of not being allowed back in (as ...
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Does applying for the Diversity Green Card lottery affect future tourist visits to the US, if you don't win?

Submitting an application to the Diversity Visa Program (green card lotto) is generally not considered evidence of immigrant intent by itself since there is no guarantee that an applicant will even be ...
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Travelling soon and lost UK passport. What can I do?

According to EU rules you need either a passport or a national ID card to travel between EU countries. However, the UK does not issue national ID cards- there was a whole political issue about ...
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Is it possible that a UK citizen might be required a visa for a trip to the EU in November?

The European Commission published its Notice on Travelling Between the EU and the United Kingdom Following Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU in November 2018 and most recently updated it ...
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Hard Brexit and travel for UK citizens into Schengen countries in 2019

Strictly speaking, this is in the hands of the EU, which maintains two lists, Annex I (countries whose nationals requiring a visa for a short stay, labelled A in the link above) and Annex II (...
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Wonky passport photo

Don't try to travel using a passport with an improper photo. This is a good way to find yourself spending a very long time in a detention room in an airport, possibly in a foreign country. Contact ...
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Entered UK using my now-lost UK passport; can I go to Spain using my US passport?

I am worried they will (a) not let me board my flight from Edinburgh-Seville; There are no exit checks when leaving the UK. Airline staff will check your passport to see if you are allowed to enter ...
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Are these intended activities legal to do in the USA under the VWP?

Yes, all this is fine. Some people have been denied entry to the US when coming to the US even temporarily to marry a US citizen, so you will see advice online (even sometimes from immigration ...
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How to report hotel booking fraud?

If you paid by credit card, dispute the invalid charge immediately with your credit card company/bank and let them handle it. You'll get the money back quickly, and it becomes their problem from then ...
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Do British citizens need a passport to visit the Republic of Ireland?

As you are a British citizen who was born in the UK, you don't need a passport to travel to the Republic of Ireland, as long as you have another form of photographic ID (for example a photo driving ...
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UK certificate of eligibility

It’s going to be a certificate of regret for quite some time. There is no such thing. Run! You obviously told them you don’t have any close friends or relatives in the UK so very shortly they are ...
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Travelling soon and lost UK passport. What can I do?

The passport office has an option to receive a callback. I left my name and number and an adviser called me back a couple of hours later. The adviser explained that the quickest it is possible to ...
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New UK passport with new name; would the US know it's still me? Suspected outstanding warrant

While I agree with all the advice that it's both foolish to risk incarceration in a foreign country for the sake a family vacation (in quite an over-rated spot, at that) and that showing up in court ...
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Staying for more than 90 days in the US with a British passport

You can normally stay for longer than 90 days if you have a B visa. See, for example, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visa-waiver-program.html: May I apply for a ...
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I am British, my children hold EU passports, which queue should we join at an EU airport?

You should have the right to go through the EU passport lane. This stems from the Schengen Borders Code article 10 (1) and article 2 (5)(a), read together with article 3 (2)(a) of directive 2004/38/EC....
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If I have a visa, do I still need an ESTA?

No. Here's what the US government has to say on the question (see this answer's edit history for the version that was available when the question was asked): What if a traveler has a current, valid ...
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Hard Brexit and travel for UK citizens into Schengen countries in 2019

You will certainly¹ not need a visa. The UK has declared it will not require visas for any EU nationals for short stays, and the EU has declared the same for the UK (see European Commission press ...
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