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Tony Brighton
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12/29/2017
Tony Brighton
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We (British citizens,Brit boat) visited the US in 2012. We had to apply for B2 visitor visas which you must get in advance of arrival - we got ours in Barbados at the US embassy because its the application centre for non-Caribbean residents within the Caribbean. You may wish to do it in your home country before departure. You have to do the online applicaton process and book an interview - it may take a couple of weeks. The B2 is valid for 10 years and multiple entries but you only get 6 months per entry. You can leave the US and come back - usually via Canada, Mexico or Bahamas - for a renewal, but if it looks like an 'overnighter' device then you may be challenged on re-entry which would be very problematic; most people we spoke to planned to spend at least 2 weeks out of the country. Hearesay is that the Canada route is more friendly in this regard. I'd not recommend using Cuba as its technically illegal to sail from America to Cuba even as a non-US national.

We needed more than 6 months in one entry to allow us to complete our east coast trip. You can apply for a 3 month extension once you are in the country - I wouldn't recommend asking for it when you first rock up. There is an online application process and fee to be paid. It can take up to 3 months so do it fairly early on. If your extension has not arrived by the time your 6 months is up you are in limbo as far as CBP and immigration are concerned and you could be asked to leave although this would be harsh as they can see your application. We stayed 7 months in total and our extension arrived before the day we sailed - to Cuba!
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Hasbun
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12/13/2017
Hasbun
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Whereas a British subject is likely to be issued a multiple-entry/multiple-year visa, no tourist visitor to the U.S. can be given any more than a six-month permit at each entry.

It is possible to spend more than six months in the U.S. by departing before the permitted entry expires, and re-entering. It is entirely at the border agent's discretion to issue a further six-month entry permit, or less, or to even deny entry.

Some report that departing from the U.S. to Canada or to Mexico and returning does not at all count as a departure. Even if true, I don't know what the legal basis for this might be, but I pass it on.

In any event, no foreigner should spend more than 180 days in the U.S. in any calendar year, for if this should happen, the tax authorities deem that person to be a "tax resident" and therefore, like all U.S. natural persons, to owe tax on worldwide income. Tax residency confers no benefits of any sort; only costs.

Cheers,

OH
Currently Larnaca, Cyprus
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bwallace
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12/13/2017
bwallace
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Hi Kate, a few years ago we got a 10 visa to visit the USA, this was for one year at a time. We had to visit the American Embassy (we were in Trinadad) no problem once we had the interview etc. I believe that the boat is a separate issue.
Hope this helps. We are also British
Merry Christmas
Brian
s/v Darramy
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bwallace
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12/13/2017
bwallace
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Kath wrote:
At some point in the next few years we would like to sail from New Zealand via Tonga via Hawaii to Kodiak and then work our way along the Alaskan coast to British Columbia.

We would apply for our visa in New Zealand. We are British.

Does anyone know if we are likely to be given 1 year visas? Any advice on the best way to go about it?

Thanks

Kath
SY Caramor
(Currently in Chile)
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Kath
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12/13/2017
Kath
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At some point in the next few years we would like to sail from New Zealand via Tonga via Hawaii to Kodiak and then work our way along the Alaskan coast to British Columbia.

We would apply for our visa in New Zealand. We are British.

Does anyone know if we are likely to be given 1 year visas? Any advice on the best way to go about it?

Thanks

Kath
SY Caramor
(Currently in Chile)
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