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ESTA US Visa Waiver Requirements from Austtralia

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ESTA US Visa Waiver Requirements from Austtralia


I am an Australian flying from Australia to the US on a return ticket for a 3 month period and plan to use the ESTA visa waiver to enter. First trip to the US.

My question is: What happens if I decide I want to stay longer than 90 days (my return leg can be changed). Do I need to exit the country (eg. to Mexico/Canada) and then apply for a further (2nd) ESTA to re-enter the US, or can I / do I need to apply for a visa from within the US if I decide to stay past 90 days.

I have tried to research this advice from the ESTA website and even made on line inquiry to the US Visa service desk but they have simply responded it is my decision and closed the inquiry case!!.


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1. Re: ESTA US Visa Waiver Requirements from Austtralia

You cannot stay longer than 90 days. Going to Mexico or Canada doesn't count as leaving. You'd have to leave the continent entirely and then renter. The ESTA is good for a period of two years, but each visit can't be more then 90 days. And remember, an ESTA isn't a guarantee of entry. They can still decide to bar you at the border if they think you're trying to re-enter to overstay.

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2. Re: ESTA US Visa Waiver Requirements from Austtralia

I am an Australian citizen and have applied for the ESTA and it has been approved. I will be in Canada for a month and have been in Alaska for 12 days. On 22nd June I fly to Europe for approximately 2 months. I would like to come back to the US around end of August and would like to spend approximately 90 days or less in the US then, is this possible under the ESTA program, I have read that I can have multiple entries to the US in the the two years that my ESTA is valid but it does not say if I have to be out of the US for 90 days. Can anyone clarify if I can enter the US after being out of the country for approximately two months. My ESTA expires April 2015. Hope someone can get back to me soon. I have emailed the government department on this but have not heard back and even after reading all of the questions and answers I still cannot find the answer I require. Appreciate any help. Thank you

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