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Filed: Country: France
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Hello,

I would like to know who it works to have a visa visitor? I'm french and my boyfriend is an U.S citizen and i know i went to many times in America. So if i can have a visa visitor , how it works, i mean it is a visa visitor for how long? and it is just for one year??

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Since France participates in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), you can go to the USA for a maximum of 90 days (no extensions are possible). You only need a visa if you intend to stay for longer than 90 days.

While a visa may be valid for X amount of time (e.g. 1 year), the length of stay in the US when you enter can be for considerably less time. CBP would inform you of the maximum amount of time you are allowed to stay on that particular entry.


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September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
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September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
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September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Norway
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Previous poster is correct France is part of the VWP. I personally have used this to go to Norway. Day 1 is the day you arrive in the US and you have to have your ticket for return on the 90th day.

My fiance is in Norway and I have been back and forth 8 times.... my next trip I am planning for the end of February.

Good luck


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If you want to be in the US longer than the 3 months allowed by the VWP, then you can apply for a B-2 visitor visa at your local US embassy. You would have to have a convincing reason why the VWP's 90 days is not sufficient for you. Good luck.


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Filed: Country: France
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i know that i don't need a visa visitor because i'm french but the last time i went (last october) , i stayed 3hours in their office and they said to me that i spend too many times in America so that's why i ask you about the visa visitor!!! If i have the visa visitor it is: 6 months for 10 years????

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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i know that i don't need a visa visitor because i'm french but the last time i went (last october) , i stayed 3hours in their office and they said to me that i spend too many times in America so that's why i ask you about the visa visitor!!! If i have the visa visitor it is: 6 months for 10 years????

For some reason, you have drawn CBP's attention; obtaining a visa will not change this in my opinion. What I suggest you do in future trips to the US is carry evidence of ties to France with you. This link gives some examples.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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i know that i don't need a visa visitor because i'm french but the last time i went (last october) , i stayed 3hours in their office and they said to me that i spend too many times in America so that's why i ask you about the visa visitor!!! If i have the visa visitor it is: 6 months for 10 years????

Understand this:

If you apply for a B2 visa and your application gets denied, you will not be able to use the VW anymore. That would be the end of your US vacations. If you got CBP's attention already, nothing changes when you arrive with a B2 in your passport.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all . . . . The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic . . . . There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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What I suggest you do in future trips to the US is carry evidence of ties to France with you. This link gives some examples.

so our only chance to be together it is to get married??

No.

I'll clarify what I wrote in my post that I have quoted here. Instead of applying for a visitor visa, just travel with evidence of ties to France, examples of which I linked to in my last post. Since you have CBP's attention, a CBP officer may ask for evidence of ties to France when you arrive on your next visit. There really is no reason for you to go to the trouble of applying for a visitor's visa when you do not need to in the first place.

Edited by Ryan H

Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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so our only chance to be together it is to get married??

You have to follow the visa rules for VWP - stay outside the US more time than you spend inside. So if you've been in the US full 90 days, take a break of 180 days before you come back to the US.

Are you always bringing proof of ties to your home country - letter from employer, property ownership, bank account statements?

Spending more time in the US than in your country WILL flag you as an immigrant without proper visa and you WILL have more encounters with secondary inspection.


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