When should I apply for a J1 waiver?

Can you apply for ESTA in the US with a J1 visa?

I'm in the US on a J1 visa sponsored by a university so I can study there for a semester. At the end of the semester, I applied for an academic education that added another semester to my J1. In a few days I will enter the grace period and would like to travel to the USA this summer. I was wondering if I can apply for the ESTA now or if it is very preferable to wait until I leave the US.

My J1 is not subject to the two-year home obligation.

Jim MacKenzie

You can find an FAQ document on ESTA at https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/frequently-asked-questions-about-visa-waiver-program-vwp-and-electronic-system-travel from Customs and border protection.

I've gone through it thoroughly and can't find any mention that you can't apply while in the US. If you need one and are planning a short trip outside of the US, you may need to request one while you are still in the US, as it is recommended that users cancel 72 hours or more in advance to purchase one.

Phoog

Even after seeing the definitions of three dictionaries have read, I have the impression that it is not quite the right word here.

Jim MacKenzie

@phoog "Collected little by little and little by little" comes to my meaning, but I can substitute another verb ("looked through"?) if you want.

Phoog

Hm. If you've actually checked the document carefully, the review seems too casual. But after looking through one of these dictionaries again, I see that I have understood the meaning of Read through have long misunderstood. Maybe this is Reading but right.

Jim MacKenzie

@phoog Might be a good question to ask at English.SE :)