US Visa Query

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1. Posted by Chantelle3 (Budding Member 2 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Hope you can help - I have a question about my US travel visa as I can't find the answer anywhere, or find a way to contact the US Embassy and I've looked around this forum and can't find anything here either. I'm currently booking my US trip and have got to the point where I'd like to fly from Reno to Vancouver for a week and then re-enter the USA to continue my journey down the west cost.

I arrive in the USA from UK on 2nd September and would like to fly from Reno to Vancouver on 3rd October and then re-enter the USA on 10th October until end of November (when I fly to Tokyo) … so I'm not breaching my 90 day travel allowance.

My question is, am I able to leave the USA to visit Vancouver and then re-enter the USA a week later, during the time period explained above?

I'd like to find the answer to this before booking my travel to Vancouver. Alternatively, if there is a certain length of time you have to spend once you've left the USA before you can re-enter again, I will visit Vancouver after I've finished in the USA.

Any advice much appreciated! Thanks.

Chantelle

2. Posted by leics2 (Respected Member 439 posts) 15w 1 Star this if you like it!

I assume you are a UK citizen?

You mention a maximum stay of 90 days so I'd guess you have..or intend to get... an ESTA (which is a visa waiver, not a visa) and not a B-2 tourist visa. A B-2 visa does not have a fixed maximum stay: that is decided by the border official who deals with you on entry.

>if there is a certain length of time you have to spend once you've left the USA before you can re-enter again,

There is no limit on the number of times you can enter the US during the validity of either ESTA or B-2 visa, nor on how long the gap between visits must be. On re-entry you can, of course, expect to be asked questions about where you've been, what you've been doing, where you intend to go and what you intend to do in the US etc etc. That's normal procedure. The border official who deals with you on the day will decide what to ask you and he/she also decides whether your answers are satisfactory or whether you need to be asked more questions.

It's important to remember that no visa waiver or visa ever guarantees you entry into any country. That decision is always down to the border official who deals with you on the day.

Personally I'd go to Vancouver after I'd finished in the US, just to save myself any potential hassle...however slim the chances of that hassle might be. But that's just me: I loathe hassle and always take steps to avoid it whenever I can. :-)

These official links might be useful:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1126/~/esta---length-of-approval

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/non-immigrant-visa-faqs/visas-application-procedures-validity-and-length-of-stay/

PS Don't forget that, as a UK citizen (and for many other citizenships too) you'll need an ETA visa waiver if you fly into Canada. Here's the official site:

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/apply.html

If you enter by land the process is different:

http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/travel-voyage/td-dv-eng.html

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Aug-2018, at 13:47 by leics2 ]