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The problem with the ESTA is that you cannot extend it at all other than 30 days and only in an emergency. Also, you cannot go to Canada or Mexico or any of the adjoining islands to the U.S. to "reset" the 90 day period (or to get any new cycle of stay even if you had a B-2) unless you left for 30 days or more. You can go to any other country for just a day and get a new cycle, but not Canada or Mexico or any of the adjacent islands to the U.S.
So I think the B-2 is your best option at this moment. Have you ever applied for one before?
Sorry that the above was repeated. I don't know how that happened.
I assume that you have never applied for a B-2 before, correct?
Ok. The idea is that you spend more time outside of the U.S. than inside of the U.S. So 50/50 is not going to work over the long term. You may be able to do 6 to 8 months in and then 4 to 6 months out for the first trip or two, but eventually, they are going to start asking questions about what you are doing in the U.S. and you have to avoid them thinking that you are living here. The B-2 is for visiting, not living in or retiring in the U.S.
As I said, the ESTA is not going to work for you in this type of situation.
Max is 90 days and then when you leave, you really should leave for more than 90 days.
Like maybe 90 days in, 120 days or more out.
And the more you use it, the harder it will becomes to get in the next time.
So the better visa to have is the B-2 visa and then try to stay out at least a little longer than the time that you stay in the U.S.
Here is a link on how to apply:
Here may be a better one:
I will provide you with two links that may be helpful. The first is to an article that will explain what they look for when issuing a non-immigrant visa like the B-2. The second is a list of things that can be presented to prove non-immigrant intent and the strong ties to the home country.
So I think with that information, you should be ok. That list is excellent.
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Well, it could be ok to maybe spend 6 months in the U.S., 6 months in Canada, then a few months in the UK and then do that cycle again because the U.S. just cares about how much time you spend in the U.S. So if they see 8 months to a year outside of the U.S. (doesn't matter where) and 6 months or less every year inside of the U.S., that should work.
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Yes, but that is borderline. You can try that a few times, but at some point they will start asking you questions about if you are living in the U.S. or not. You would have to be ready to respond to the following:
1) Why are you coming back so soon?
2) Why couldn't you do what you needed to do during you last trip?
3) How will you be supporting yourself for this additional time since you are not allowed to work?
4) What STRONG ties do you have to you home country to ensure that you will go back?
5) What preparations have you made to go back?
Also, you should carry those things on the list that I provided to show non-immigrant intent and strong ties to your home.
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Apologies for the delay in rating you. I was using my iPhone which would not allow me to proceed.
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Just a point of clarification. Is there any difference between how I would be viewed and potentially refused admission between ESTA entry for 90 days with a gap of say 120 days, and visa entry for 6 months with a gap of say 8 months? I presume I would still be subject to individual each Homeland Security officer's approach?