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Old 14th December 2019, 09:16 PM
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Question Visa Advice Required For Dating UK / US Couple

I'm hoping some kind soul may be able to assist me as I attempt to find the best way forward in relation to visas.

I am a British citizen and my girlfriend is a US citizen.

We both had previous problems with our partners so we were initially cautious with regard to long term commitment and were happy to visit each other a few times a year.

My travel to the US had thus far have been under an ESTA, but as we have happily now decided that would like to spend all our time together in America, we need to look at our options.

Naturally my ESTA only allows for 90 days in one stay, so which would be the best options to allow us more time to be together without at this stage having to be married within 90 days etc?

No doubt this is a regular relationship scenario, so I hope others could advise who have recently been faced with how to take the relationship to the next level.

Thank you in advance.

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There isn't a visa option for 'wanting to spend more time with my girlfriend'

ESTA is your only option.

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There isn't a visa option for 'wanting to spend more time with my girlfriend'

ESTA is your only option.
There doesn't seem to be any guidance about how long after exiting on an ESTA at 90 days that you can return etc?

I had also hoped there might also be something I could perhaps do through my work on a B1 etc. as I have US clients?

As I say, I'm hoping others in my position could share their experiences prior to a spouse application further down line.

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There is no guidance set in stone about spending time in the US on the VWP.
A rule of thumb is 'if 90 days in country then at least 90 days out of country before attempting to enter again' One can always be refused entry if officials think you are trying to live in the country under the VWP

You should think carefully about applying for a B1/2 unless you have solid business interests in the US which would warrant one. If refused, then its also goodbye to the VWP for a few years.

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If you have some savings you would like to spend, you can look into studying in the US.
This will not allow you to work (if you are very lucky, you might be able to get a minimum wage part-time job at campus). This will allow you to spend time with your girlfriend. Check out the colleges in her area, and the cost of international tuition.

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Doesn't the B1 visa limit you to a one year stay and then you have to return? If you're looking for a more permanent arrangement, your best bet is via work or marriage. Does the company you work for have any US ties? Could you be transferred?

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Doesn't the B1 visa limit you to a one year stay and then you have to return? If you're looking for a more permanent arrangement, your best bet is via work or marriage. Does the company you work for have any US ties? Could you be transferred?
Please read up on B1. This is an official site. https://travel.state.gov/content/tra...t/visitor.html

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