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ESTA refused

Hi guys, in a bit of a panic and need some advice. I'm visiting the US in July and have just applied for an ESTA and been refused, although my wife got hers fine when she applied later.

As I have a UK passport but am working in Switzerland do I have to now apply through the US embassy in Bern for a Visa and how long does this usually take ?

I will be flying out from the UK though - hope that doesnt make a difference ?

Thanks for your help in advance

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Re: ESTA refused

I've got a friend who works for the US embassy in Germany. I asked the same question before I applied for mine (as I have a slight tan and a goatee and therefore assumed they wouldn't let me in). Apparently it's not the be all and end all if you don't get it.

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Re: ESTA refused

http://www.visitusa.org.uk/visitors/esta.aspx

The answer to your question is down the bottom - enquire to the USA embassy.

The ESTA is a computer procedure, something about your application probably had a glitch, or they didn't like a number or something equally mundane...

By any chance is your passport close to expiry ? - that might do it...or you typed something in that doesn't match the paperwork...

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Re: ESTA refused

Thanks my passport doesnt expire till July 10, not sure if thats what they regard as close.

I'll book an appointment with the embassy I think.
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Re: ESTA refused

FYI - if you reside in Swissieland but you are a UK citizen, you can work with either embassy / consulate on a potential visa application.
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Re: ESTA refused

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/tra...cle2093092.ece

In Australia we are always recommended to travel on a passport that has at least 6 months left...
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