Travel on ESTA

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My parents are both U.K. citizens and don't have any visas apart from just an ESTA; they are in the U.K. However, my wife is American, and I am now a U.S. citizen, and we both live in the U.S. permanently. We just had a baby a few days ago, and we want my parents to travel from the U.K. to the U.S. to help with the baby. Is this possible for them to travel on the ESTA they have? If not, can we apply for a different visa, so they can come to the U.S.?


 It appears they will be able to travel only if they travel to and stay for two weeks in a third country from which travel to the USA is allowed.

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Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC
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