Returning to US on Visa Waiver
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Feb 13, 2013 8:19 AM Last Post By: nutraxfornerves
Feb 12, 2013 9:09 PM
Returning to US on Visa WaiverHi,
I am travelling to the US on holidays and then will visit South America. If my Visa Waiver expired, can I apply online from South America? Do any of you had done that? I read that it is up to the Customs officers to accept me (even with a new visa waiver).
I would like to meet with some friends who are going to be in the States by the time I finish in South America.
Feb 12, 2013 10:07 PM
1I assume your first stay in the US is less than 90 days. When you depart for South America, be sure to turn in your card (I think I-94) at check-in. The US does not have exit formalities. When you return, you can get a new Visa Waiver, as you mention though at the immigration officers discretion.
If you are on the Visa Waiver and you go to Canada, Mexico and the Carribean, your Visa Waiver is still active. By going to South America, you can try to get a new VW.
Feb 13, 2013 5:06 AM
The ESTA is valid for two years, unless your passport information changes (new name, number, expiration date, etc.) or it is revoked. If you already have a valid one for your first trip to the US, you won't need one after your trip south.
Feb 13, 2013 8:19 AM
It won't hurt to have proof that you rally did go to SA, in case there is a computer hiccup. Your boarding pass, a stamp in your passport, a hotel receipt, etc.
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