Hello I have a query re applying for a US visa. I am a British citizen and would like to be able to obtain a visa for the US as I would like to stay longer than the 90 days currently offered by the visa waiver program. My reason for staying in the US for prolonged periods are to enable me to live with my partner (who is a Canad***** ***** card holder and long-time US resident) and to network and seek job opportunities which would then generate an employer-sponsored visa application. My question is therefore this: is it better to apply for a B2 Tourist visa or a B1-B2 visa? I have looked up both types on the US consular web pages but cannot figure out which would be more suitable for my circumstances. I have no intention of working in the US without an appropriate visa or over-staying the current ESTA VW limit of 90 days. Also, I have never been refused a visa to any country in the past and have completed (but not yet submitted) the DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application and was able to answer all questions without problem (i.e. I do not have a criminal record etc etc). Many thanks for any help you can give, Juliet
Hello again Ely
Many many thanks for your clear and rapid information and advice which were very helpful indeed.
I have a few other questions:
1. Is an ESTA valid for multiple visits of up to 90 days *each* within a given two year period? Or 90 days total, within a two year period? I think it is the former but wanted to double-check.
2. If I have spent, say, 3 months max in the US on an ESTA during 2 return UK-US trips in the space of a 9 month period, could this go against an otherwise perfectly straightforward F1 visa application which was sponsored/authorized etc by a participating US university?
3. Is the chance of being granted an otherwise perfectly straightforward employment-based (second preference category) immigrant visa with employee sponsorship etc in any way compromised if the applicant previously held an F1 visa?
Many thanks again Ely, in anticipation of your excellent reply!
Thank you so much Ely. Once again - informed answers which are clear and very useful.