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  1. Hello, Back in March of 2022 my now wife visited me on an ESTA for 89 days and during that time we got married without any previous plans to do so. She returned to Sweden and we sent in our application for a CR1 visa, however over the last few days we have found that some are able to travel to the US again on an ESTA while the application is processing. We want to avoid doing anything that will cause issues in the future with our application process so I just had a few questions. Any answers or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Would her visiting me for a few weeks on an ESTA while our application is pending put up any red flags with immigration? What would be a good form of proof that she does in fact intend to return to her home country again other than a return ticket? Thanks!
  2. Hi all, I am 29 years old male with a full time job (Technical Engineer for Local Government) in UK London, I have visited the USA twice within the last year (under 2 weeks), the last time I travelled was in mid May 2022 for 10 days and both times I have them I was visiting friends and family, I’m getting a little worried that it is becoming suspicious. I have scheduled another visit last August for 9 days to spend time with her (almost running out of vacation days from work) lol Should I just tell them I am visiting my girlfriend for an X amount of days/weeks? Am I allowed to visit my girlfriend on n ESTA? Does anyone think this will be a problem? I would like to hear some of your past experiences.
  3. I hope this is the correct forum to ask the question and get some advice! I recently moved back to the us after living abroad for six years, I have been in a relationship with my Korean boyfriend and lived together for the past 3 years. I recently moved back to the us and he came with me on an esta vida to visit. Originally, our plan was to just have him visit and then we would do the k-1 fiance visa application, but after the controversy with roe v Wade, I didn't want to risk how it could affect same sex marriage. So we decided to get married before he leaves in two weeks. Is this fine and what kind of issues could this path to marriage/green card cause? Does anyone have any advice on the steps we should take or have experience in a similar situation? Thank you for any advice!
  4. Hi everyone! This might be a stupid question, so I apologize in advance. So my husband will be visiting the U.S. this summer for two weeks and we are looking at flights. They are all crazy expensive bcuz of fuel costs, so we are thinking about booking each flight on different airlines to save some money. He would have an inbound flight to US on one airline and a return flight booked with another airline. Does it matter if his return flight is on a different airline for his ESTA? or it doesn't matter as long as you have the return flight (regardless of the airline)? We have a pending I-130 so we will make sure he has evidence of intent to return to Korea (job, travel insurance, etc.). Thank you in advance!
  5. Hello, i could really use some help with my case. i was denied entry on ESTA for seeking immigration benefits without an immigrant visa. I was told I could come back on a visa. I requested my FOIA and it shows things on the sworn statement that were not said to me. And all paper work says I need a waiver. It says I must obtain a visa with waiver for future entries. But I wasn’t accused of anything, when I try to get a waiver none of the subjects apply to me. Every lawyer I’ve spoken to has told me I should not need a waiver. but then why does this paper work say I do? Which waiver category do I need?
  6. Hi everyone! I’ve been lurking here for a while and reading information. My husband and I will file for the CR-1 via consular processing later this year. (We have not filed anything yet and don’t plan to until maybe this summer) However, he is going to visit the US with me in March. I’m actually moving back to the US from South Korea and he’s helping me, but he will be visiting for a month on his ESTA and then returning home. I know he should bring a letter from his boss, proof of temporary travelers insurance, phone bills, bank statements and what not proving ties to South Korea. My question is, has anyone with a Korean spouse experienced issues at the border? He is going to bring his credit and debit cards instead of carrying cash as well because he can use it at international atms. I know they may check how much money he has, so bank statements would help with this. thank you for your help in advance!
  7. I am an Spanish citizen. Last week I was filling a group ESTA form for my family and I, because we are traveling to USA for the week of the 21st December, Christmas Vacation. After I filled my relatives’ forms properly, in my application by error I answered “Yes” to the question “4) Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?” I don’t know if it was because a reading error, because the rush or because the hour, but obviously that ended up as a “Travel nor authorized for me” and “Travel approved” to my relatives. My answer to that question is “No”, and I didn’t realised I clicked on “Yes” until I had got my ESTA blocked. Now they ask me to ask the Visa in my local embassy. Im devastated because my stupidity. Now, my question is how hard is getting the B2 visa from Spain due to an error of this kind. Not for now, but for the next year that we are going to travel again. I am 26 years old, I have a permanent job working as a public servant, I also have an apartment on property. I have never visited any country like Iran, Irak or Siria, but one of my parents is from Irak. And, now I’m not eligible for the ESTA program for ever? I’m scared if due to this stupid and huge mistake I will never be able to visit the United States. Thank you for your time reading this.
  8. Is it possible to work for my European employer while visiting the US on ESTA (so not staying longer than 90 days)?
  9. Hi, My wife Marcela (is in process of applying for an adjustment of status for residency. She (happily) has received her combined EAP and permission to work card. We are going to visit my ailing parents in the UK. When returning to the USA does she need to file the ESTA online application that is needed for visa waiver visitors? Thanks Martin
  10. I'm planning on visiting my spouse in the US who is a US citizen. I'll be visiting from the UK on and ESTA. We are in the process of applying for a CR1 visa. We have submitted the 130 petition and it is being processed. If I were denied entry by CBP, could this affect my visa application? Thanks in advance
  11. Hi all, Our CR1 case was DQ'd on Aug 11, so i assume our interview maybe around Nov/Dec or even longer wait?? Still waiting on interview letter, case is still at NVC... So in the meanwhile can I (UK Spouse) visit my USC hubby for a month or 2 on ESTA while waiting on interview letter? We have no intention to AOS or anything like that, it's just we haven't been able to see each other since Feb, I understand the normal procedure of proving no intent of over staying but aside from that, is it permitted to travel ? Obviously don't want to jeopardise anything since we've come this far, but the wait is really hard as you all know. Will that automatically make the DS-260 form that we submitted invalid as my travel dates to the US would have changed if i do make this trip ? Has anyone who has done this could perhaps share some insights please? Many Thanks !
  12. I'm currently in the process of applying for a CR1 visa but would like to visit my spouse in the meantime. I understand I can visit on an ESTA while my application is being processed but will probably face more scrutiny in terms of proving my intent to return. Since I am a graduate student, what would be the best evidence of my intent to return apart from my return ticket? Thanks in advance.
  13. I'm thinking of visiting my spouse who in a US citizen living in the US. I live in the UK and have a valid ESTA. We submitted the i-130 and i-130a forms earlier this year and they are being processed. From what I can see, I would be able to fly directly from the UK to the US on an ESTA in spite of the travel restrictions because I am a close family member. Am I correct and what should I make sure to do before flying? Does anyone have any experience of this or anything similar? Thanks in advance and all the best.
  14. Hello everyone, maybe someone knows a bit more about the subject here. My spouse and I have had an online relationship for nearly 2 years, we decided to meet in person. Due to travel restrictions, we met in Mexico to quarantine for 14 days. During these 14 days I proposed to my now-spouse, but marriage was not planned for a long time. Afterwards we both returned to the US, she is the American citizen. I arrived on an ESTA, met her Family and we spent our time together for one month and a half. We decided that after my return, we would file for a K-1 visa. At the day of my flight, however, it was such a hard personal situation that we decided it is best that I do not attend the flight back and instead we get married and start the CR-1 process. The flight was non refundable, which we just had to accept. We also enrolled me to college, as out of state student, since we wanted for me to take part in online courses while within Germany. After some research, we noticed that AoS may be possible. We are incredibly unsure about it, simply because we are scared that I would have to leave the country because of a failed process and that we perhaps could not see each other again. That being said, we don't want to be apart, that is why I am here explaining our situation. I have a few worries and am unfamiliar with the process. I know that I am allowed to overstay once the AoS process is active. Is the fact that I proposed to her in Mexico problematic, I was not sure if I would be let into the US, therefore I made the decision to propose to her there? We did not have the intention to marry, that only came into existence at the time I was supposed to leave the US. We married after 30 days of entry, what does that mean for us potentially? What happens if I get denied, will we be unable to start another visa process? My spouse is unsure about the chance that I am allowed stay, do we have to prepare for the worst? I apologize for all these questions, but this topic is dear to us and we want to make sure everything is legally acceptable. I hope someone knows a bit more about it, I would appreciate it a lot. Thank you for reading
  15. Hi, My husband got his US greencard a few years ago when we thought we were going to live in the US. I then got a permanent job transfer to the UK and we have been living there for the last 2 years. I came back to spend a vacation with my family and my husband is due to join us a few weeks. He submitted his i-407 form to surrender his greencard more than 30 days ago but when he went to go and apply for his ESTA for a 2 week visit, it got denied (I am assuming as it appeared he still has a greencard). He hasn't received the receipt of his i-407 form yet (30 days after confirmed mail delivery) and he is due to travel in 3 weeks. Does anyone have any advice of what to do? Or how long the processing can take? Or any other options we have? Cheers, Annabel
  16. Hi Everybody, I had a question for those of you who have experience traveling on the Visa Waiver Program with an ESTA. A friend of the family is from a country that participates in the Visa Waiver Program, and she is planning to travel to the U.S. within the next year or so. However she is currently in a third country on what was supposed to be a short trip but due to Covid/lockdown complications she’s pretty much stuck there at the moment, and facing a visa overstay in that country. She has asked me if overstaying her visa in that third country could cause her any problems if she later tries to enter the U.S. using the VWP/ESTA. As far as I am aware it shouldn’t be an issue, but I know they do ask some eligibility questions for the ESTA. Anyway, I told her I would ask on here to get some feedback from those of you who might have more direct experience. We’d appreciate any insights or advice. Thanks!
  17. Dear visa community, Thank you for reading my question. I'm applying for CR1 spousal US Green Card and am currently in NVC processing. I'm curious until where in the process I can still get into the US on an ESTA. This is because in my situation, it makes more sense for me to officially still live in the Netherlands for a few months while I'm on holiday in the US. I would travel to the US again within 6 months of approval in order to be in time to get my Green Card. To break it down, can I still travel on an ESTA: - when NVC approves application and schedules consulate interview? - after I had the consulate interview? - after I have had notice of CR1 approval after the interview? - after I have received my passport back from the consulate with the visa in there? - or if there's another point where it's not possible anymore to travel on an an ESTA Thanks in advance for your responses! Best, Paul
  18. If someone's K1 was denied due to past mental health issues, could they still visit the USA on an esta visa?
  19. Good Morning all, My fiancée and I submitted our K-1 Visa in February from Malaysia and have not received any notification of the USCIS's receipt of our application (I assume this increased processing time is due to excessive applications to the Lock Box?). I will be departing the country and heading back to the US in June, as my military service comes to an end. Given the short timeframe, I do not thing the visa will be issued in time for us to return together. Instead, will she be able to enter the country with an ESTA application under the VWP (she holds a Danish passport). Are officially "borders" (and hence, travel) closed to non-citizens now after the DHS Secretary's statement?
  20. I recently applied to a community college in the United States and was accepted, I-20 and acceptance letter came and I have paid the I-901 fee. I am now reconsidering my options and thinking of not going through with the actual visa application itself, however would the I-20 and/or I-901 payment be on any record anywhere accessible to customs officers, thus affecting future holidays to America under ESTA and the VWP?
  21. First and foremost I want to thank all the members of this forum for their support and information. I literally wouldn't be here if it weren't for your guidance. I originally had a petition for k1. After receiving my NOA2, I was here on vacation when the pandemic got worse and so I posted on this forum for advice. The advice? Withdraw your k1, marry now and fie for adjustment. It took some time, but I did it. We married in May, filed in Juy, noa1 in August and interview today! I was nervous as heck. I was expecting the officer to ask me all about my k1 and why we abandoned it and why I had overstayed my ESTA. I made myself worry for no reason. We arrived to the Field Office, Yakima, WA, 15 minutes early as per our notice. We checked in and the security guards were very sweet and telling us not to worry. My husband was as calm as a cucumber. I brought some photos, new updated info like my job payslips, adoption papers for our dog and our joint accounts as well as all government issued documentation I had and also a copy of my birth cert and passports (basically everything asked for on the notice) We started by getting sworn in. The officer made small talk and was very appreciative of our photos. He also said "judging just this and you guys in front of me, we're not going to have any issues, i'll just need to ask some questions anyway" We then went through our packet, again, small talk along the way and some jokes. When he asked if I had ever violated a visa I explained I overstayed my ESTA by a few weeks while we prepared things for the AOS and he just said "Oh that's fine. With covid we understand that, its not a problem". He then asked if we were filing from k1 or adjustment and I said we had the k1 and withdrew because of..and before I finished he just said "Oh right I see you put that there, that's fine!". Next he went through the i944 and I just updated my work info and he asked if we had any other evidence we wanted to add so we gave him our dog's adoption papers (lol) and the bank accounts we had Next was just the questions which felt more like a conversation so kudos to the officer for making us relaxed. He asked 1. When did you meet? 2. Did you start dating immediately or was it gradual? 3. Did you go on any trips? (we had shown him pics from some summer trips) 4. Where did you get married? Who attended? 5. Did you go on a honeymoon? 6. Had my husband met my family? 7. What qualities in each other did we like? and my favourite question Who does most of the cooking? He then told us that was all he needed, and if we had any questions and proceeded to explain that this would be a 2 year GC. We'd get an update in the mail (the usual). Again, thank you to everyone on this community. Your guidance helped me through the initial k1 filing, eventual withdrawal and AOS!!
  22. Hi everyone 😊 COVID-19 has changed the everything, and I'm in a bit of a dilemma. My boyfriend and I have been together for nearly 2 years now, and in June of 2020, he proposed. I'm a U.S. Citizen, and he's a U.K. Citizen who often visits me on an ESTA. We had plans last year to file for the K-1 Visa, but with the US Embassy in London suspending the non-emergency visa services and interviews, we decided to wait a bit to see what was going to happen. During that time, I visited his family in the U.K., and since December, he's here visiting with my family in Texas. But still, nearly a year later, there hasn't been much change. It wasn't until just recently that we had the idea, "hey, what if we just go ahead and get married?" I've seen that it's possible to file for an AOS after getting married, as long as his intent on entering the country wasn't to do so. He came here just to visit, but now, with COVID-19 still in the way, and a possibly huge backup on K-1 visas, would it be a better idea just to go for AOS? I'm honestly afraid of the risks of him getting deported if something happens with the AOS, but he has no criminal history whatsoever, we're both in our 20s, and we truly do love each other and will have plenty of evidence of that. I'd love an opinion from someone, because I feel really stuck, and time is running out. Thank you
  23. Hi everyone. I will visit my Husband by end of this month to finally see him after 7 Months! I find out that spouses and children can travel during the ban. I have a B1/B2 Visa but my daughter only have a ESTA. Can she travel with the ESTA to the US as a child from a US-citizen?
  24. Hello My fiance and I want to get married this year and because of our school/work schedules and the pandemic, we dont have too many options. I would like to visit him for the summer (either the travel ban will be lifted by then or I'd quarantine somewhere and then go), we would get married there and I'd go back home. My problem is, I'd like to stay for about 2 months (I'm a student, so I only need to be back in september), but we'd like to get married and start the immigration process asap. We've been together for 3 years, long-distance the entire time. Is it legal for him to send out the I-130 petition while I am still in the states on esta, when I would definitelly go back home later in the summer? Eg. I'd arrive at the beginning of July, we'd get married within a week, send the petition mid July and I'd go back home late August? Thank you
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