Originally Posted by svzephyr44
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.
I guess because I am just a stupid American. I assumed (which makes an a^& out of you an me) that since Andy could (in theory) get in on an ESTA there would be no problem with the visa. Of course it turned out that I was wrong. The entire point of my post was not "sour grapes" but to protect other fools like me.
The US visa system is muddled, to say the least. Sadly, she had a better shot of walking across the border than trying to do it legally. Those who don't know that are often shocked by system. Go to two different windows in a single immigration office and you may get two different answers to the same question.
Talk to anyone who has married someone from another country and needed to get them a green card. I never have done it but I have many friends who have. It's beyond silly, worse than the tax code.