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A VWP allows visitations up to 90 days.
A B2 visa allows visitations up to 6 months, with an optional 6 months extension.
Ergo, it would seem that the B2 is the better choice suited for this situation.
However, please note:
1) Both VWP and B2 do not allow dual intent. See here
. In other words, one cannot seek a B2 visa (temporary) but seek to really
find a permanent visa. If USCIS knows this, they will deny the B2 visa. So one may wish to not volunteer one's full plans to USCIS.
2) One cannot "live" in USA on a B2 visa. One is expected to go back to the home country for at least 6 months prior to another visit every time. Although the decision is subjective
, if USCIS/CBP feels that one spends more time on their B2 visa here than in home country, they can deny entry at any time. So it is best to be sensible here.
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