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odie1 Nov 25th, 2019 06:43 AM

Dutch National Arrving US, driving to Canada, back to US-any issues?
 
  • Was wondering if anybody has any input as to this situation. My daughter's boyfriend is going to come for a visit this summer for a month. They are going to spend some time here in New England, then drive to Canada (Montreal and Quebec for 4-5 days) then return to the US for another week or two before he leaves to go back to The Netherlands. Should there be any issue with his crossing the border and returning?

RoamsAround Nov 25th, 2019 08:12 AM

If your daughter's boyfriend is a citizen of the Netherlands and has his Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) he can travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program which will allow him to visit the US for up to 90 days or less making multiple entries over a 2 year period (go here for more info: https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...r-program.html .

As a citizen of the Netherlands he will not need a visa to enter Canada.

So, the answer to your question, is no, there should not be any issues when crossing the border and returning to the US as long as he hasn't done anything illegal during his visit and he doesn't try to overstay his visit.

Odin Nov 25th, 2019 09:11 AM

A Canadian eTA (similar to the US ESTA) is only needed if you are arriving into Canada by air, none needed if arriving by car.

odie1 Nov 26th, 2019 06:04 AM

Great-thank you both for the replies!

Roamsaround-I thought I had read somewhere on the State Department website that there was no more time constraint per se for visitors on the ESTA, that it is was more or less up to the border patrol to determine whether or not to admit you. Are you saying that people traveling on an ESTA can only spend a total of ninety days in the US over a two year period-similar to US citizens and the 90 days a year in Schengen countries?

RoamsAround Nov 26th, 2019 07:38 AM

No, you misunderstood. ESTA is valid for 2 years and allows for multiple visits during that period. An ESTA visitor can legally remain in the US for up to 90 days during each visit.

odie1 Nov 26th, 2019 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by RoamsAround (Post 17021701)
No, you misunderstood. ESTA is valid for 2 years and allows for multiple visits during that period. An ESTA visitor can legally remain in the US for up to 90 days during each visit.

Thank you! I did some additional research and that's what I figured as well.


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