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07-01-2013 06:49 PM
twelch
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

That is sad to hear. They have cracked down on entry to the US, unless you sneak across the border from Mexico. Then they give you health care and a welfare check.
07-01-2013 05:38 PM
svzephyr44
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

They did come this morning and were quite nice and professional. Its not the workers, its the policies
06-30-2013 03:09 PM
hellosailor
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

Tell them you won't be there Monday. It is a religious thing, Monday is the day that is sacred to your people and you don't hold business activity on Mondays. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are all taken, sacred to Two, Wotan, and Thor, and of course, Friday is a Moslem holy day, then there's the Sabbath of Abraham, so maybe they'd better some back on Sunday, unless that interferes with their plans, in which case, they can just send you a post card?
06-30-2013 10:53 AM
blutoyz
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

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Originally Posted by svzephyr44 View Post
Update to the saga. I arrived in North Carolina from Nassau, Bahamas. Like the upstanding citizen I am I called CBP to check in. They told me they were closed on weekends and would come down to the boat on Monday. LOL
You didn't know bad guys only worked M-F...it's a union thing
06-30-2013 07:49 AM
svzephyr44
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

Update to the saga. I arrived in North Carolina from Nassau, Bahamas. Like the upstanding citizen I am I called CBP to check in. They told me they were closed on weekends and would come down to the boat on Monday. LOL
06-25-2013 11:14 AM
krisscross
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

What are guys talking about? We are very immigrant friendly. We have very porous borders and now we are about to give amnesty to at least 20 millions of illegal aliens.
You should have tried to quietly sneak in your GF stateside on a sailboat.
06-25-2013 10:03 AM
blutoyz
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

Sorry to read of your problems shipmate but you just explained why it is easier to just break the law than try to deal with bureaucrats.

Shame really
06-24-2013 08:03 PM
mark2gmtrans
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

Once again the mess with visa and immigration raises its ugly head. Once upon a time you could expect the government to be somewhat reasonable, and now since they are worried that every grandmother and her cat are terrorists they use it for an excuse to just do stupid things.
06-24-2013 07:11 PM
mad_machine
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

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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.
Friend of mine goes through that every year. She is from Korea, married to an american, they have two kids. Every year they cancel her card and work has to fire her. It takes about a month to get a new car and work re-hires her. You would think after 8 years, they would have figured out she is here perminently and not going anywhere.

Another friend married a Lithouanian girl. They had a kid and her green card expired, leaving her in limbo. She can't work, she can't drive, she can't even leave the country...
06-24-2013 06:42 PM
chall03
Re: My $4,500 US B-2 Visa Saga - a cautionary tale

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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
I am just a stupid Australian but I can work out the USA entry requirements. Why cant you?
From what I can understand of the OP’s account below he had researched and thought he had ’worked out’ the entry requirements, but yeah he got caught out.
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Originally Posted by svzephyr44 View Post
The United States code does not permit travel under the "visa waver" program to the United States on a private sailboat. You must arrive on an "approved carrier" which means a commercial flight. Andy could have applied for an ESTA, flown to Miami for about $150 and stayed in a hotel while I brought Reboot back to the United States.
I did my Internet research. It said that Andy needed a B-2 visitors visa for entry on Reboot.
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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
Its not that hard!
From one stupid Aussie to another, sometimes you can come across as a rude (expletive deleted) mate.
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