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Visa needed from UK

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Visa needed from UK

I can't seem to find clear answers for this. My daughter is studying at U Penn for 6 months and has to go to London to have an interview for a visa, fair enough. I am going with her for a few days to settle her in. Do I need a visa? I have an electronic chip passport valid for more than 6 months and a return ticket. Do I need ESTA(????). We went to the caribbean last year and just needed to fill in immigration forms on the plane, same as New York, but that was 7 years ago.

Would hate to get there and not be allowed in!

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1. Re: Visa needed from UK

Info about visa requirements from the U.S. Department of State:


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2. Re: Visa needed from UK

Generally speaking, for a social visit you don't need a visa, just an ESTA waiver check. Since your daughter will be a student, as you noted, she does need a visa.

There are some special circumstances where one may be required, the ESTA process will usually reveal those..

From the website above:

Travel Without a Visa - Foreign citizens traveling for visitor visa purposes only, from certain eligible countries may also be able to visit the U.S. without a visa, through the Visa Waiver Program if they meet requirements, including having a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval. Additionally, citizens of Canada and Bermuda traveling for visitor visa purposes don’t need a visa, with some exceptions.

The UK is a waiver country.

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