naazz wrote:I am a dual national and happen to have a valid US B1/B2 visa on one passport and now i have a British Passport. i have travelled 3 times previously to US on my other nationality. I travel quite often to US and just wondering if i should apply for ESTA for my next trip. If i do and i receive ESTA will that cause any issues with my US visa on the other passport. will that be cancelled?
secondly if i do not apply for ESTA and travel to US on my other passport how do i return back to UK do i have to exit using the same passport as entry and use my British Passport at the port of entry in the UK??
I have read that always use one passport in one leg of the travel. so if i enter us in my other passport my I-94 record will reflect my date and port of entry. now i am returning back to UK and using my British passport for home journey. I-94 will register me as exiting US but i enter on my other passport and on their record i never left the country which after 6 months will make an over stayer when i am not even physically there.
what should i be doing :S
This whole travelling with two passport makes things complicated thats why i want to apply for ESTA so i just use one passport for travelling.
Having read the highlighted statement (blue), i.e. that you have had a unsuccessful visa application in the past, I don't see any merit in you applying for an ESTA, as it will most likely be denied (due to the previous refusal - even though you have since then been granted an B1/B2 visa). As has already been pointed out your US immigration history will be captured under your name (so they will see all your previous travel to and out of the US along with passport details).naazz wrote:Thank you for your reply, really appreciate that.
Very useful information you have provided, i had no idea one have to cancel current visa to travel on ESTA. regarding entering and exiting i contacted CBP earlier and posting their reply to help others as well
"Thank you for contacting the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) INFO Center.
If you are entering the U.S. with your British passport than you will need apply for a ESTA. If you are entering with your current passport with current U.S. B1/B2 visa and you will not need to apply for an ESTA. If you are exiting the U.S. by air your departure will be automatically recorded regardless of what passport you use. If you depart by land you will need to turn your I-94 to the CBP officer."
I have another concern, In ESTA application there is a question "if you have ever been refused a US visa before" I have one unsuccessful application and my us visa was approved on my second application. According to CPB website it states "If you were previously denied a visa, or previously refused entry to the United States, or previously removed from the U.S., your ESTA application will most likely be denied."
If my ESTA application is not successful will it affect my valid US visa on my pakistani passport or cause any complications for future travel?
i asked this question to CPB and this was their reply "If you have a valid U.S. visitor visa on the Pakistani passport, then you should be entering on that passport and visa. There would be no need to apply for an ESTA.
When filing the ESTA application, you must answer the questions honestly and truthfully. "
My concern is if ESTA is not approved will it effect current US visa or it ll be cancelled as well?
Logically it shouldnt as if you are not eligible to travel under ESTA you are travelling under visa. Any experience/knowledge regarding this??
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