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B1/B2 while working from PC?

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Hi,

I have the following question. I work as a translator in Germany and am planning a trip to the US. I would like to stay longer than 3 months and would finance this by doing my regular job. I work from my pc and get paid in Euros to my German account. Can I let the immigration know this when applying for the visa? Instead of showing that I have sufficient money in my account? Or would that be illegal?

Thanks so much,

brnos

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Hi,

I have the following question. I work as a translator in Germany and am planning a trip to the US. I would like to stay longer than 3 months and would finance this by doing my regular job. I work from my pc and get paid in Euros to my German account. Can I let the immigration know this when applying for the visa? Instead of showing that I have sufficient money in my account? Or would that be illegal?

Thanks so much,

brnos

If you wish to stay longer than 90 days, you have to apply for a visitor visa, that for sure. You are not allowed to work in the US, but I think you would be OK to work for your German-based company.

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Hi,

I have the following question. I work as a translator in Germany and am planning a trip to the US. I would like to stay longer than 3 months and would finance this by doing my regular job. I work from my pc and get paid in Euros to my German account. Can I let the immigration know this when applying for the visa? Instead of showing that I have sufficient money in my account? Or would that be illegal?

Thanks so much,

brnos

You can let immigration know but it would not help you get your visa. Ultimately the deciding factor will be your ability to convince the US consulate in Germany that you have a good reason to be in the US for a period longer than 90 days. I don't think they will be concerned with the financial aspect so much as to the reason for such a request.

Also it would be legal for you to be in the US and work off your laptop as you do in Germany with your current employer.

Good luck!


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Hi,I have the following question. I work as a translator in Germany and am planning a trip to the US. I would like to stay longer than 3 months and would finance this by doing my regular job. I work from my pc and get paid in Euros to my German account. Can I let the immigration know this when applying for the visa? Instead of showing that I have sufficient money in my account? Or would that be illegal?Thanks so much,brnos

Iʻve discussed this with two separate immigration lawyers and both say the same - If the work is:

1. Not physically in the US.

2. Paid to a foreign account, by a foreign source.

3. Not journalism, and

4. No US workers are in any way displaced.

Then itʻs fully legal.

Keep in mind that for both VWP and B visas your main purpose should be tourism/business, not work. Getting some work done online on the side though is fine.

This will not help you get the visa though. You still should prove sufficient funds before your visa interview if you choose to go the B1/2 route. If you canʻt prove sufficient funds for staying 4 - 6 months, I personally would probably just go on a shorter trip on the VWP to escape the hassle of applying for a visa.

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