traveling to the states

Asktraveling to the states
Nick Cunha asked 8 years ago

hi there,

i was wondering if i get a work permit to work in the British Virgin Islands, must i apply for a tourist visa to go and travel america for holiday, or does having that permit allow me to travel.?

BVI Newbie replied 8 years ago

BVI Immigration laws do not supersede US immigration laws. Therefore, your immigration status in the BVI will not provide benefits to openly travel to another country, particularly the USA. If you would normally need a tourist visa or ESTA to travel to the USA, you would still need one, even if you’re on a work permit in the BVI.

You can look into the VISA waiver program or ESTA online,

“In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding a U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. Visit the ESTA webpage on the CBP website for more information.”

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