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Hello all, woke up with a text from my s/o this morning stating there was an error when she was applying for an esta visa for a wedding we are attending in California in May. We have a k1 pending (i sent it on Jan 6, so very early stages).

The error she is getting states:

"A valid, approved application with more than 30 days remaining has been found for this passport. Submitting this application will require payment for this application and will then cancel the existing application"

My s/o is freaking out because she thinks this is referring to our pending k1, and thinks that if she submits the esta application it will cancel our fiance visa process. I think there is no way this is possible however she has no other pending applications for an esta on her visa as of current, and the last time she was here was over 8 months ago.

Their email support hasnt been much help and keeps referencing the website. Has anyone run into this issue? Image attached below..

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ESTA lasts a certain amount of time, you don't just apply for every trip, they last about 3 months I think.

But I'm not sure if that could be it, especially if it's been 8 months.

But ESTA has nothing to do with your k1 application, so hitting start a new application will do NOTHING to your k1.

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ESTA lasts a certain amount of time, you don't just apply for every trip, they last about 3 months I think.

But I'm not sure if that could be it, especially if it's been 8 months.

But ESTA has nothing to do with your k1 application, so hitting start a new application will do NOTHING to your k1.

Yea, ive told her the same thing as it only makes sense. The esta site says it is good for two years or until the applicants passport expires, I wish I could find something in writing stating it wont affect the k1 though.

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Yea, ive told her the same thing as it only makes sense. The esta site says it is good for two years or until the applicants passport expires, I wish I could find something in writing stating it wont affect the k1 though.

Ah it's longer lasting there than it is in the UK then, bet that's so much easier.(maybe the UK is the same.....)

Explain to her that ESTA has no baring on the K1 because the K1 is not applied for online unlike ESTA.

the K1 is applied through USCIS and your local embassy, the ESTA is not.

Two completely different processes.

All I found was this.

ESTA is not a visa. It does not meet the legal requirements to serve in lieu of a U.S. visa when a visa is required. Travelers that possess a valid U.S. visa may travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose it was issued. Travelers traveling on valid visas are not required to apply for an ESTA. In the same way that a valid visa does not guarantee admission to the United States, an approved ESTA is not a guarantee of admission to the United States.
Edited by Cody and Daisy

My Name is Daisy, I am British, I say things bluntly and to the point.
London K1, A complete guide -- >http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/474161-london-k1-a-complete-guide/
I am Daisy the Beneficiary, These are my views!
U.K. k1 visa, approved 2014.

NOA1: 20/03/2014

NOA2: 11/04/2014 (22 days)

Interview: 09/07/2014 (111 days)

D.O.E 29/07/2014

Married 29/08/2014

AOS from K1/K3 Guide -->http://www.visajourney.com/content/k1k3aos

AOS/EAD/AP Sent: 12/11/2014

Delivered at Chicago LB:15/11/2014

NOA1 (all 3): 17/11/2014

NOA1 (all 3) hardcopy: 24/11/2014(Notice date 20th)

Bio-metrics App letter: 28/11/2014(Notice date 21st)

Bio-metrics App Cleveland Ohio: 10/12/2014

EAD/AP:Approved/production 31/01/2015(update 2/2/1015) (80 days)

Combo Card: Mailed 5/2/2015

Combo Card: Delivered 6/2/2015AP

NOA: Approval Notice received 7/2/2015

Interview waiver letter: received 23/2/15 dated: 18/2/2015

Green Card: APPROVED 31/07/2015

(Remember, all my dates are British layout.. the proper layout!)

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This is just saying she already has an active ESTA and trying to save the $20 or so by applying another one when she's already got one. And ESTA is valid for 2 years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.


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5/19/14 - NOA1 received with PD 5/12/14

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10/28/14 - Email received that file has been sent to NVC

11/13/14 - NVC received file

12/10/14 - NVC Assigned case number

12/12/14 - AOS Fee Invoiced

12/13/14 - Submit email to NVC to remove attorney as DS-261 Agent

12/16/14 - AOS Fee showing as Paid

12/17/14 - IV Fee invoiced

12/20/14 - IV fee available and paid

12/27/14 - DS-260 submitted

1/2/15 - AOS and IV packages sent to NVC

1/5/15 - USPS delivered packages to NVC

1/7/15 - NVC scanned in packages. Let the countdown begin...

1/30/15 - FINALLY got a reply to my email to remove the attorney from the DS-261

3/9/15 - Called NVC and they have checklisted us for an "incorrect" decree absolute from the UK, even though it is the legal official document. Have requested a supervisor review.

4/28/15 - Called and NVC said supervisor had reviewed and now claimed that the decree absolute was not included. After disagreeing with the less than helpful lady on the phone, and her not being able to get the review time right. (She kept changing her story between 42 days and 30 days).

4/30/15 - Sent the same copy of the decree absolute to the NVC from the UK, highlighting the "decree absolute" wording with a letter stating that this is the only document provided by the UK government.

5/6/15 - Scan date for checklist received.

6/5/15 - Case complete!!!

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6/14/15 - Received email with interview date and instructions.

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7/1/15 - Approved at interview!!!

7/6/15 - CEAC changed to Administrative Processing

7/7/15 - CEAC changed to Issued!!!!!

7/10/15 - Passport and packet delivered!

7/29/15 - Husband entered with visa at Dallas/Fort Worth airport

9/29/15 - GC delivered!!!

5/4/17 - ROC packet sent via USPS

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Hello all, woke up with a text from my s/o this morning stating there was an error when she was applying for an esta visa for a wedding we are attending in California in May. We have a k1 pending (i sent it on Jan 6, so very early stages).

The error she is getting states:

"A valid, approved application with more than 30 days remaining has been found for this passport. Submitting this application will require payment for this application and will then cancel the existing application"

My s/o is freaking out because she thinks this is referring to our pending k1, and thinks that if she submits the esta application it will cancel our fiance visa process. I think there is no way this is possible however she has no other pending applications for an esta on her visa as of current, and the last time she was here was over 8 months ago.

Their email support hasnt been much help and keeps referencing the website. Has anyone run into this issue? Image attached below..

esta_zpshl1byjzi.jpg

The ESTA for germans should be valid for 2 years. at least mine was each time and I am german. and I travelled to the US several times during the pending K1 Visa with no problems at all. If she goes on the Esta official website and choses to retrieve application she will be asked for her passport number ( as far as I remember ) and it should tell her exactly till when her ESTA is valid. https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/

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Tell her that she should continue retrieve with her petition, because every ESTA last two years to expire, but each time last 90 days. So probably, she did it before, and forgot it maybe. Just go back and try to see if she can find the application filling her passport number, DOB, First and Last Name, and Passport Issuing Country, then she should be fine.


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