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    Just wanted to double check something. My family is travelling to Florida on 31 July and we have our estas except for my daughter who has a J1 student visa (valid from 13 August so can enter the US up to 30 days before) as she travelling on from Florida to Chicago to do a year at Roosevelt university there. I'm assuming, therefore, she doesn't need an ESTA?

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    Hi Richard H,
    Wish we could answer your question but a number of years ago we took a collective decision to not give advice on areas re Visas etc. The reason is that none of us are, even if we have experience, immigration specialists and at times some of the advice was, let’s say, conflicting/based on opinion etc! Given that things re US entry can go somewhat wrong with lasting consequences, we would not want you to base decisions on our amateur opinions.

    However this link may help? And if you read down you will see the area you are talking about. It’s straight from the US Customs and Border website
    https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...ly-for-esta%3F

    It is possible that Simon and Susan may fix this thread soon in order to prevent any speculation. Hope you all have a superb trip to come!

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    Thanks for that and I quite understand the risks of giving out advice on this. I haven't seen that page before and seems to answer my question.

    Thanks again!

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    As Ret says, trying to give advice in this area is fraught with difficulty (and obvious dangers). My own feeling here is that if your daughter is only travelling for the holiday, she WILL need an ESTA, as the visa is purely for the purpose of study.

    Here is the relevant phrase (I believe) from the website (with my italics):

    Individuals who possess a valid visa will still be able to travel to the United States on that visa for the purpose for which it was issued.

    As ever, we would urge you to consult the full US authority here to double-check. I suspect it is a bit of a grey area, especially if she is continuing on to start her studies. In fact, the more I think about it, she should be fine to travel on the visa. But my own lack of clarity here suggests a call to the Embassy is probably worthwhile!

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    Thanks Simon. I'll do some more checking.

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