B2 Tourist Visa Denied, Will my applying for 3 month waiver program visa be denied too?
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I'm from the UK and I've been planning a huge trip to the US for 6 months now. I've been saving for years, I was planning everywhere that I was going to go and what i was going to do. Was so so excited. Plus I needed it after a really bad year. i planned to leave this april and come back in august.
I was planning on it being for 5 months. I filled in an application online for the B2 Tourist visa. Spent probably £40 worth in calls (it's ridiculous on my phone it's £5 a min to call the embassy) checking with them before I applied what kind of requirements I needed for the visa, what documentation i needed. the answer was 'oh there is no requirements. no documents needed. just proof that you've got some money in your account and ties to the uk' . I took along with me the forms they specify i bring, plus print outs of my funds, and a letter explaining why my stay would exceed 3 months, what i was going to do there, where i was going to stay and what i planned on doing on my return.
I did not think it was going to be a hard process. went for the interview (Waited 5 hrs to be seen) then i was asked: what my career was (graphic design) , how long i'd been out of a job (6 months), what my last job was and how long was i there (6 months) how had i saved for the trip (from past jobs) where i lived (with parents) what my parents did (father retired engineer and mother works in school) did i know anyone in the us (yes) how many and where are they (4, told him all the states they lived in). why can't i go for 3 months? (coz i want to see all over, there isnt enough time for just 3 months, i have to stay with my friends when they become free which surpasses 3 months). What am i doing when i come back (probably my master;s degree) have i applied (no).
Answer- no sorry, not enough evidence that im returning. he said 'you don't have a job or university lined up for when u get back' i asked if i did secure that whether it would help and he said he couldn't answer.
SO in the space of a week, i've fast tracked everything i was going to organise when i came back -- secured a job for september, applied to 3 different courses that i need to take before i start my masters - and spoke to someone at my preferred course and they'v said they'll get back to me in 2 days to confirm whether i've been accepted or not, also got a letter from somewhere i'll be volunteering to say i'll be with them from september.
i was quite happy thinking i'd got everything done that i needed to do. BUT NOW i was reading up on forums and it seems that if you've been denied a Visa to the US then there is a high probability that if i apply for an ESTA (Visa Waiver Program visa that allows me to stay there for 3 months) instead it will be denied too???? I'm so worried
I was ready to reapply for the tourist visa, but now i think maybe i shouldn't do that....
MY QUESTIONS ARE
Is it almost certain my Esta will now be denied because the B2 tourist visa was denied? Or will it just maybe be denied?
When applying to my Esta can i explain how my circumstances have changed since i applied to the B2 tourist visa??
I was told a requirement for an Esta is a return ticket - but i dont want to get the ticket if i don't get the visa
Is it well known that B2 Tourist visas were near impossible to get? Is it not easy? Has anyone had any luck with getting one?
Has anyone been for a 2nd interivew for a previously denied B2 Visa?? And been sucessful??
Has anyone applied to an Esta right after a B2 visa denial?
IF I DO go for another shot at the B2 visa and get denied again, is this known to definitely reuse me entry into the US for like 6 months or somethng????
Please get back to me ASAP. have to decide on what to do in 2-3 days
have to be in the states in 3 weeks if i'm allowed to go