Can an ESTA be used for multiple entries to the United States?

Published on: Aug 28, 2019, Last Edited: Aug 28, 2019 | Tags: Multiple Entry ESTA, ESTA Rules, ESTA Application

Introduction

An ESTA can be used for multiple entries into the United States. However, approved ESTA applicants should be aware that Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has the right to deny any traveler admission at the U.S. border. Thus, if the CBP officer is led to believe that an ESTA applicant is abusing the conditions of the Visa Waiver Program, then the CBP border officials would have the right to deny the ESTA applicant entry into the United States.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can enter the United States in a 90 day period?

No, there is no limit on the number of crossings, however, if CBP border officials suspect dishonesty or any activities of suspicious nature, they have the right to deny an approved ESTA applicant entry into the United States.

I already spent 90 days in the U.S. on my last visit(s), can I go again in the next few weeks or months?

CBP may suspect an ESTA applicant is attempting to breach the conditions of the Visa Waiver Program and thus deny entry if an ESTA applicant is repeatedly visiting the United States and has already exceeded the 90 day limit on a previous U.S. travels over the past several months. If a traveler has already spent 90 days in the United States and is hoping to spend more time in the United States in the upcoming future, he / she should apply for a B-2 Tourist Visa, which would permit entry to the United States for visits of up to six months. Should the traveler wish to spend more time in the United States beyond the times permitted by ESTA, B-1 Business Visa or B-2 Tourist Visa, it is recommended they seek the advice of an immigration attorney to learn about options for other nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.

Conclusion

An ESTA can be used for multiple entries into the United States. Should an individual find themselves in a situation where they wish to visit the United States repeatedly beyond the 90 days permitted by ESTA, then a B-1 Business Visa or B-2 Tourist Visa may be a more suitable alternative. Otherwise, travelers can seek out other nonimmigrant or immigrant visa options.

If you hold a passport from a visa waiver eligible country and wish to obtain an ESTA for tourist, business, medical or transit purposes, get started on your application, otherwise, visit the FAQ to learn more about the ESTA

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