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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

Someone I know had a similar situation with a girl from eastern europe. They entered Puerto Rico (without any distress, simply because they wanted to) and USCIS allowed her to stay there for 48 or 72 hours, something like that.
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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

If you are planning on entering the US then she needs to get a visa. If the plan is not to stop, then you really don't need one. A ship in distress has a lawful right to stop just about anywhere to seek shelter and assistance.

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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

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I would just pull into a guest dock like you had just been out day sailing and not mention her immigration status. This method has been tried and tested and is currently in use by approximately 6.1 million people in America.

ummmmm ...... I wouldnt try this in any main USA east coast port, especially south of the Chesapeake.
Our 'homeland security' folks are probably now much worse than the SS/Gestapo were in 'draconian treatment' of 'unexpected visitors' of foreign boats that dont follow the inane DHS rules to the absolute letter. Especially Charleston SC and many of the ports in S. Florida are notorious for the treatment of foreign flagged vessels by "homeland security'.

Ive personally witnessed many times the 'storm trooper' tactics against those who make even minor transgressions of the DHS rules by the these pompous a$$ed legal thugs even to those boaters who have already entered 'legally' ... and it isnt 'pretty'.
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I gave CBP a call and was told the following.
There would no problem if stopping for a serious reason. There is no need for a visa if you just anchor and dont go ashore. Otherwise there would be a 600$ penalty. The US visa website says its better to apply from your home country, but she will come to Canada as soon as she get the canadian visa and will apply for the US visa from here.
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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa


Comparing Homeland Security to what the SS/Gestapo did is pretty insensitive. My family lost 43 members one night to the Gestapo in Auschwitz. Try not to be so cavalier in throwing phrases around and making ridiculous comparisons.

Back to the thread topic, SV Auspicous post is most correct. Hopefully HS is tight enough that she can just show up. No sense hiding it as there are provisions for emergency stops.

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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

Originally Posted by saillife View Post
Is there a great expense (time or money) to getting a visa for the US? If it's not a big hassle why not just get one for her in case you do need it.
Getting the B1/B2 visa is a major hassle and expensive. At least it was in the UK. Day off work. Visit to the US embassy. 3 hr wait despite turning up at the appointed time.

Fees $185

Other expenses travel etc $120

+ 2 days work collecting and copying support documentation.

Know of cruising families of 4 who were denied on their first application because they treated it lightly and skimped on the support documentation.
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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

You could always marry here, but that might not the least expensive or best solution!
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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

Bad Idea to assume you wont be boarded and checked. Though i have always believed our government agents couldnt find a hooker in a whorehouse.......history seems to agree with my view......BUT.....entering mobile bay from Mexico.....taking our boat north up the Tombigbee for storage we were stopped by US customs......My wife is a German national and although we sail outside US waters the bulk of the time she isnt allowed to use the Visa Waiver program (good for a 3 month stay)to enter and leave by anything other than commercial carrier.........Glad we had a proper visa for her......TRUST ME......MILLIONS and MILLIONS of illegals in the US and the people in good standing not TRYING to screw the system ...IE you and your girlfriend ...are the ones they will crucify.......dont take a chance.....Email USCIS......and just ask.........better that way
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Re: Stopping in the US with no visa

I also want to mention that a HUGE amount of Candian boats are in the US come winter time suprise there.....brrrr........either transiting or staying in Florida........this is surely not that was suprisingly easy for us the few times we sailed into Canada.........BTW.......the Notrh Channel and Georgian bay......30,000 Islands are hands down some of the best cruising to be had summer of course.......
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