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  1. Hi Everybody, I had a question for those of you who have experience traveling on the Visa Waiver Program with an ESTA. A friend of the family is from a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program, and she is planning to travel to the U.S. within the next year or so. However she is currently in a third country on what was supposed to be a short trip but due to Covid/lockdown complications she’s pretty much stuck there at the moment, and facing a visa overstay in that country. She has asked me if overstaying her visa in that third country could cause her any problems if she later tries to enter the U.S. using the VWP/ESTA. As far as I am aware it shouldn’t be an issue, but I know they do ask some eligibility questions for the ESTA. Anyway, I told her I would ask on here to get some feedback from those of you who might have more direct experience. We’d appreciate any insights or advice. Thanks!
  2. Dear visa community, Thank you for reading my question. I'm applying for CR1 spousal US Green Card and am currently in NVC processing. I'm curious until where in the process I can still get into the US on an ESTA. This is because in my situation, it makes more sense for me to officially still live in the Netherlands for a few months while I'm on holiday in the US. I would travel to the US again within 6 months of approval in order to be in time to get my Green Card. To break it down, can I still travel on an ESTA: - when NVC approves application and schedules consulate interview? - after I had the consulate interview? - after I have had notice of CR1 approval after the interview? - after I have received my passport back from the consulate with the visa in there? - or if there's another point where it's not possible anymore to travel on an an ESTA Thanks in advance for your responses! Best, Paul
  3. If someone's K1 was denied due to past mental health issues, could they still visit the USA on an esta visa?
  4. Good Morning all, My fiancée and I submitted our K-1 Visa in February from Malaysia and have not received any notification of the USCIS's receipt of our application (I assume this increased processing time is due to excessive applications to the Lock Box?). I will be departing the country and heading back to the US in June, as my military service comes to an end. Given the short timeframe, I do not thing the visa will be issued in time for us to return together. Instead, will she be able to enter the country with an ESTA application under the VWP (she holds a Danish passport). Are officially "borders" (and hence, travel) closed to non-citizens now after the DHS Secretary's statement?
  5. I recently applied to a community college in the United States and was accepted, I-20 and acceptance letter came and I have paid the I-901 fee. I am now reconsidering my options and thinking of not going through with the actual visa application itself, however would the I-20 and/or I-901 payment be on any record anywhere accessible to customs officers, thus affecting future holidays to America under ESTA and the VWP?
  6. First and foremost I want to thank all the members of this forum for their support and information. I literally wouldn't be here if it weren't for your guidance. I originally had a petition for k1. After receiving my NOA2, I was here on vacation when the pandemic got worse and so I posted on this forum for advice. The advice? Withdraw your k1, marry now and fie for adjustment. It took some time, but I did it. We married in May, filed in Juy, noa1 in August and interview today! I was nervous as heck. I was expecting the officer to ask me all about my k1 and why we abandoned it and why I had overstayed my ESTA. I made myself worry for no reason. We arrived to the Field Office, Yakima, WA, 15 minutes early as per our notice. We checked in and the security guards were very sweet and telling us not to worry. My husband was as calm as a cucumber. I brought some photos, new updated info like my job payslips, adoption papers for our dog and our joint accounts as well as all government issued documentation I had and also a copy of my birth cert and passports (basically everything asked for on the notice) We started by getting sworn in. The officer made small talk and was very appreciative of our photos. He also said "judging just this and you guys in front of me, we're not going to have any issues, i'll just need to ask some questions anyway" We then went through our packet, again, small talk along the way and some jokes. When he asked if I had ever violated a visa I explained I overstayed my ESTA by a few weeks while we prepared things for the AOS and he just said "Oh that's fine. With covid we understand that, its not a problem". He then asked if we were filing from k1 or adjustment and I said we had the k1 and withdrew because of..and before I finished he just said "Oh right I see you put that there, that's fine!". Next he went through the i944 and I just updated my work info and he asked if we had any other evidence we wanted to add so we gave him our dog's adoption papers (lol) and the bank accounts we had Next was just the questions which felt more like a conversation so kudos to the officer for making us relaxed. He asked 1. When did you meet? 2. Did you start dating immediately or was it gradual? 3. Did you go on any trips? (we had shown him pics from some summer trips) 4. Where did you get married? Who attended? 5. Did you go on a honeymoon? 6. Had my husband met my family? 7. What qualities in each other did we like? and my favourite question Who does most of the cooking? He then told us that was all he needed, and if we had any questions and proceeded to explain that this would be a 2 year GC. We'd get an update in the mail (the usual). Again, thank you to everyone on this community. Your guidance helped me through the initial k1 filing, eventual withdrawal and AOS!!
  7. Hi everyone 😊 COVID-19 has changed the everything, and I'm in a bit of a dilemma. My boyfriend and I have been together for nearly 2 years now, and in June of 2020, he proposed. I'm a U.S. Citizen, and he's a U.K. Citizen who often visits me on an ESTA. We had plans last year to file for the K-1 Visa, but with the US Embassy in London suspending the non-emergency visa services and interviews, we decided to wait a bit to see what was going to happen. During that time, I visited his family in the U.K., and since December, he's here visiting with my family in Texas. But still, nearly a year later, there hasn't been much change. It wasn't until just recently that we had the idea, "hey, what if we just go ahead and get married?" I've seen that it's possible to file for an AOS after getting married, as long as his intent on entering the country wasn't to do so. He came here just to visit, but now, with COVID-19 still in the way, and a possibly huge backup on K-1 visas, would it be a better idea just to go for AOS? I'm honestly afraid of the risks of him getting deported if something happens with the AOS, but he has no criminal history whatsoever, we're both in our 20s, and we truly do love each other and will have plenty of evidence of that. I'd love an opinion from someone, because I feel really stuck, and time is running out. Thank you
  8. Hi everyone. I will visit my Husband by end of this month to finally see him after 7 Months! I find out that spouses and children can travel during the ban. I have a B1/B2 Visa but my daughter only have a ESTA. Can she travel with the ESTA to the US as a child from a US-citizen?
  9. Hello My fiance and I want to get married this year and because of our school/work schedules and the pandemic, we dont have too many options. I would like to visit him for the summer (either the travel ban will be lifted by then or I'd quarantine somewhere and then go), we would get married there and I'd go back home. My problem is, I'd like to stay for about 2 months (I'm a student, so I only need to be back in september), but we'd like to get married and start the immigration process asap. We've been together for 3 years, long-distance the entire time. Is it legal for him to send out the I-130 petition while I am still in the states on esta, when I would definitelly go back home later in the summer? Eg. I'd arrive at the beginning of July, we'd get married within a week, send the petition mid July and I'd go back home late August? Thank you
  10. We have been waiting since Feb 25th (PD) we got Nebraska. Our case went outside of processing two weeks ago, finally got a call back from tier 2 officer. He said our case was transferred in April to California. We asked why we had not received transfer notice or any update and they said its due to staffing issues and shortages. We have already been waiting for 10 months for our NA02 and now have the possibility of waiting another 8.5 months, I cannot take much more of this. They told us our case had not been actively reviewed yet, just transferred. So no one has even looked at it! We are perfect model citizens. No criminal records, never lived in other countries, no medical issues, both have great education and salaries. It makes no sense to me!! I try to compare but its so heartbreaking to see people months behind you get NA02 or embassy appointments within 6 months. Has anyone had success with contacting a senator for help? I am thinking to leave the UK and enter on ESTA and stay the legal 90 days just so we can be together. Does anyone know if this would affect my i130? I would obviously be quitting my job. Does it look bad if you are unemployed? Is filing for AOS an option? Any advice appreciated.
  11. Hello, I just got engaged to my fiancé here in England but I am from the USA. The plan is for her to move to Florida with me but I have a few questions..... 1. Can we get married when she comes to Florida on an ESTA as long as she intends on going back to England? 2. Why are people saying it could be fraud if she comes here on an Esta visa and we get married? 3. When she does fly back to England, what is the best visa to apply for?
  12. Hello everybody, I am a European citizen affected by the travel ban via presidential proclamation barring anyone who has been in the UK, Ireland or EU within the past 14 days, from entering the US. Acording to the proclamation, spouses of US citizens are exempt from the ban. I currently do not have a greencard or other residence permit (permanent or otherwise). From what I understand, I will be able to enter the States with my European passport and evidence of marriage, correct ? Has anyone with a valid ESTA registration travelled under this exception since the ban has come into effect ? If so, would you mind sharing if you experienced any issues ? What else do I have to watch out for ? What proof did you have to present at the point of entry ? Were there any issues with the airline ? I look forward to your answers. Thanks and best regards.
  13. Hi guys, I'm in a bit of pickle right now...I have a return flight booked to visit my LPR husband from 4th Aug - 6th Oct, i will be travelling under ESTA. I'm currently out of work and we filed for I-130 back in end of April. And my last visit lasted 2.5 months ending in Mid April. I understand that i will have to bring marriage certificate and copy of husband's passport and green card scan with me, I have no plan to overstay or apply for AOS, we are doing everything by the books and hopefully one day we will be able to live together in the US. But I have some concerns regarding whether i will be granted entry: - Will CBP cancel my ESTA prior to departure? - How likely will I be turned away at POE? Please help, thank you all.
  14. Hi guys! so I booked my flight tickets, I have an employee letter, certified copy of marriage certificate, proof of return flight etc.. i’m going in September to visit my husband Flying from Amsterdam. one more question, - I’m going 11 full days, but do I have to go in quarantine once I arrive or not ? and are they going to control that/make sure you are ?
  15. Hi all, I am visiting Barbados for 3 weeks at the end of the month. I then have a funeral to attend in USA in September. I have a valid ESTA, so I am wondering if it is possible to fly to the USA from barbados as I have not been "Physically Present" within the UK or restricted areas within the past 14 days. It is not clear on the government websites if this is possible or not. As it just says "All aliens who were physically present within the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States" Any advice would be greatly appreciate as x2 very close family members within the USA passed away and I would love to attend their funeral.
  16. Hello, I am Lithuanian citizen (EU) visiting U.S. on ESTA (VWP) visa. Me and my girlfriend (also Lithuanian) decided we want to get married and live in U.S. She is currently green card holder (permanent resident) for 2 years living in U.S. We know each other for more than five year and were having an open relationship during this time. My ESTA visa expires on August 19, 2020. I am currently with her in California. I am wondering what would be the best way with least consequences to stay together in US and eventually become permanent resident and then citizen of US and if that (marying while overstaying visa) is considered a dificult case. I am thinking about signing up with Boundless or SimpleCitizen and buying their service. I am not sure if I need to hire a lawyer... Any Help Appreciated!
  17. Hi guys, I red many posts on this topic, but I ran into contrasting information and I as I just got my AOS application rejected (because I didn't file the i-944 form that is not even required anymore!!), I want to avoid further delays before resubmitting it. I got married in California this May and I changed my last name to my husband's last name. So, now I wonder, should I file the AOS application using my "old" last name or the new one? Would the marriage certificate be enough as a proof of that? The confusion comes from the fact that I know that the GC is a sticker applied on the passport (am I correct?).. And on my passport I have my maiden name, so I wonder wheather the "mismatch" could cause any problem. Thank you all in advance!
  18. Hey guys! I am relatively new to this website. I have been using it for quite a while and it has helped to answer so many of my questions but I am in a predicament and I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences with me. I (UK citizen) married my spouse (US citizen) in 2018. We filed our I130 March of this year. I last saw my husband in December as I went to go and spend time with him and his family for Christmas, it was a 2 week trip (last week of December and first week of January). I have not been to visit him since, due to the restrictions and travel bans placed on both the UK and the USA as a result of COVID-19. I miss my husband terribly and want to see him again as soon as I can. I intended to visit him during June but my flights were cancelled. I have now contacted the CBP twice who have told me that despite flying from the UK (we are part of the Schengen area ban), I can visit the USA providing I have copies of my marriage certificate and my husbands passport however the decision at the POE is made entirely by the CBP officers. I was also told that flying to the USA on an ESTA whilst I have an i130 processing is not a good idea as it indicates that I am trying to move to the USA illegally. I just want to point out that, obviously, I would not jeopardize the I130 process and I would NOT move illegally. I am also due to start a Masters course in the UK in clinical psychology this coming September. I would like to see my husband for a 2-week trip in September. So I have a few questions, (a) My husband does not have a passport so would a birth certificate be a good alternative? (b) Has anyone travelled directly from the UK and could you please share your experiences? (c) Is it a good idea to travel on an ETSA? (d) What type of proof should I take to show the CBP officers that I will be returning back to the UK besides my round trip tickets? Any other advice would be massively appreciated! Thank you!
  19. My apologies in advance if this topic was brought up elsewhere, but what is the risk of attempting to enter the US with an ESTA while waiting for a K-1 visa? My fiance is in Japan and we're considering potential options of meeting up while we wait for the US embassies to open back up. She has an ESTA that expires in December and we're contemplating having her fly over for a month or so. However, I've heard that being denied entry with the ESTA could jeopardize the K-1 visa application, so I'm a bit scared of going this route. I've heard others have been able to get in with an ESTA or B2 tourist visa, so I know it's possible, but I'm also concerned about how much of a risk it poses. My fiance doesn't speak much English either, so there's that too... Thanks in advance for any insight on the matter. It's been a frustrating year to say the least, but here's hoping things work out for all of us.
  20. Does anyone know how many you can apply for? I know it says you can apply for a secondary one. But can you apply for a third if needed? I can’t find any sources. This is just for emergency situations thank you.
  21. Hello all, Im from the UK, currently here in the UK and my wife is in the US. We have a CR1 application in progress and haven't seen each other since January, I'm sure many others have been in similar situations and know how tough this can be. Does anyone know if its possible or even have experience with applying for an ESTA and then visiting the US at this time? And if so if you have any advice or tips that would be fantastic and greatly appreciated. I have no intention of overstaying, I just simply want to see my wife for a few weeks then come back home to complete the rest of the application. I did have the idea of flying via Dublin as they have pre-clearance and I figured it would be best to find out I can't enter whilst at Dublin airport rather than when reaching the airport in the US. Also not sure if it makes any difference but this would be my first trip to the US (we met, lived together and married in a 3rd country neither the UK or US). Thank you very much! any experience or advice is appreciated. Ollie
  22. Hi everyone. Strange situation here at the moment. I am currently in the US visiting my fiance. We had our K1 approved a few days before I left. My original flight home was on the 17th of March but as I work in schools, I have been temporarily laid off until the end of the month with my boss saying I will probably be out of work for 12 weeks in total. I entered the states on my esta and was granted the usual 90 day window to stay as a tourist. My question is: as the airline are offering free flight changes, I would love to stay an extra 2 or 3 weeks here. Could that cause an issue?
  23. Hi all. Firstly I hope all of you and your families are safe in this uncertain time. My wife and I arrived in the USA on 13th March from the UK. My wife has permanent residency in the UK and we were coming back to see her family for 3 weeks. Our return flight has now been cancelled and of course as you know every day there are more stories about things shutting down, borders closing etc. I even saw a news piece about visitors who have come from the UK are now required to enter through a pre approved US airport. I guess we're really lucky we got in when we did... We are currently living with my wife's parents and I am working remotely to my job in the UK. Should I start preparations for some kind of longer term visitor's visa? Or does anyone know of plans to extend ESTA length temporarily due to the circumstances? The last thing I want is for us to be separated, and additionally I don't want to overstay my time here and face penalties in the future. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
  24. Hello, I’m a LPR (received as my mother married to an U.S. citizen). I’m studying at University outside of U.S. and has been submitting re-entry permit to enter to U.S. (already received re-entry permit twice). However, I have stayed outside of U.S. for over three years now and my re-entry permit has already expired. Since I will work in the country that I currently live, I am willing to file I-407 to abandon my LPR status. I sent the I-407 by mail on 12/19/2019 and received an email on 3/3/2020 saying that I do not meet the criteria of acceptance. After going through my copies of documents, I realized that I had forgotten to sign the last part of the document. The email said it would take 4weeks to be returned to my address. The problem is, I am planning to have a wedding in Hawaii on August 2020 and I am worried about whether I could enter the U.S. I believe there are two options: (1) Resend the I-407 by mail on Mid-April and wait until the process is complete, then apply for ESTA to enter the U.S. However I do not know how long the process would it take(it is thought to be about 2 months). I am worried after being rejected once it might take longer and I won’t be able to enter the U.S. (2) Don’t send the I-407 form by mail, and instead bring it with me as I submit the I-407 to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer at the U.S. port of entry on August 2020. In that case, I would apply for ESTA beforehand. However there is a risk that the airplane company would not allow me to get on board since I would still be LPR when I get on the plane to US. Also, there is a chance that the process won’t be complete because of the time difference between mainland and Hawaii, and that I would be eventually be send back. I already booked the flights and wedding, and now I am extremely worried about my I-407 form. Please give us your advice or comments on how to submit the I-407. Or if there is anyone who had experiences submitting I-407 at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, please tell us your story. We are very worried and any insights would help. Thank you.
  25. I'm looking to volunteer at a film festival in the US, coming from the UK It is an unpaid position, normally one that is filled by volunteers and I would be helping alongside other volunteers. From what I understand volunteering on an esta is okay but typically if it is for a non profit. However this festival is not a charity, but would the same guidelines of being able to use an esta to volunteer apply? I would be volunteering 1 week out of a 4 week trip, the other weeks would be general tourism
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