New Visa Waiver Requirements, effective January 12, 2009
Replies: 321 - Last Post: Jan 11, 2013 5:11 AM Last Post By: katija
Mar 13, 2009 6:35 AM
i am eligible for the vwp but have certain problems.
- first have a transit in the US (amsterdam-houston-guatemala)
- then on our way back a month later, we do a stopover in nyc (belize-nyc-amsterdam).
in the application it does not ask for the second leg (it does not have any space to write this either), only the first (i wrote in transit as the application required)
i instantly received an authorization which says that it is valid for 2 years but i am still a bit confused.
do i have to file another for our stopover on our way back or for the next 2 years i can travel freely to the US and my only concern will be the border officers?
Mar 13, 2009 6:55 AM
Mar 13, 2009 7:32 AM
Mar 19, 2009 4:28 AM
Mar 19, 2009 11:03 AM
im flying into New York next month. Im filled out an ESTA application on the esta.cbp.dhs.gov website and got approval in about 10 seconds.
im just a bit concerned it was so quick! but it seems like this is the official website.
also, i know of other websites that charge for processing the ESTA application.
Mar 20, 2009 4:11 AM
Apr 4, 2009 12:09 PM
21Hi, I hope someone can help out with this query...
I and my boyfriend are from the UK and are hoping to go to the USA soon. He got a police caution for assault he got several years ago (he stupidly threw a drink can at someone, it was totally out of character) and we've just found out that according to the official sites, he is not eligable for the electronic VWP and needs to apply for a proper visa because he was arrested. However we haven't got time to do that before we go and we don't actually think that his arrest was a 'moral turpitude' as it actually says on the VWP, so what would happen if he just didn't declare it on the VWP? I've read that many people have not declared far worse things and experienced no problems getting entry to the US as i understand that the officials only have access to information about serious crimes. We're still a bit worried about not declaring it on the VWP though in case they have got some means of finding out about the caution at the airport (i.e. when they scan his passport) and decide to send him back, especially since they've changed the rules in January. So, several questions...
1 Does you know whether this type of arrest is a moral turpipude?
2 Has anyone else in a similar situation gone to the US since January under the VPW without declaring their caution/arrest and did they get found out? If yes, how and what happened?
3 Do you have to fill in any other forms on the plane or at the airport besides the electonic one before you go?
Thanks for any advice, we realy didn't realise something as minor as this would cause so many problems for our holiday!!
Apr 5, 2009 2:41 AM
22Unpremeditated assault not involving a deadly weapon is not a crime of moral turpitude so you are safe in ticking the NO box
You still have to fill in the same form on the plane at the moment. Make sure you give the same answers....
You also have to fill in a customs form on the plane.
The official sites are being ultra cautious, not trusting Joe Public UK to decide whether his crime was moral turpitude or not. For the cost of a visa fee they will decide for you. You are entitled to make your own decision and save the fee if you wish.
Apr 5, 2009 7:30 AM
23Since this has become a thread for questions about getting in under the Visa Waiver Program, I should link to the FAQ:
FAQ 252: "The Visa Waiver Program"
Please read the FAQ before posting VWP questions anywhere on this forum. Chances are the FAQ already answers them.
Apr 23, 2009 10:20 PM
24I have read all the info I can find on VWP, including calling the US emabssy in Australia (they were useless) and still have not found the answer to my question so I'm hoping someone can help out. A friend of mine was charged for drink driving (lost lisence for 6 months) about 5 years ago. Does anyone know if they will need to apply for a visa or will they be OK under VWP? Have any Aussies used the VWP who have been caught drink driving and if so can you tell me if you had any problems?
Apr 24, 2009 6:54 AM
Apr 24, 2009 1:11 PM
26US Embassies will be VERY reluctant to answer this sort of question over the phone - there's too much risk for them that you might 'forget' to mention something - or not even realise you should mention it. So their pavlovian response is - apply for and pay for a visa. The applicagion form will cover everything they need to know. (If you get it immediately with no problem then you probably didn't need it.......)
My understanding is that DUI is not moral turpitude.
Apr 26, 2009 3:47 PM
27Their reply wasn't even to apply for a visa, just to answer the questions on the VWP and see how it came back. My problem was not knowing how they should answer the question.
#25 is your point that DUI isn't on the list of crimes of moral turpitide? I'm sorry if I seem stupid but it is confusing and I don't want my friend to make the wrong decidion.
Apr 26, 2009 5:41 PM
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