B2 visa - really that difficult?

Old Apr 26th 2015, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by stk View Post
Oh my goodness that's awful! I've had something like that before, however that was from Canadian immigration. Thanks for your advice. Definitely sticking to ESTA now...
What our immigration lawyer didn't tell us when applying for a B1/2 is that it's normally issued in ESTA countries to peeps with a criminal conviction.

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Old Apr 28th 2015, 1:39 pm
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There is a difference between (il)legal acts and enforcement. Just like you, I have heard tons of people doing volunteer work in the USA on a VWP. Purely anecdotal - as a rule - CBP does not seem to have refusing volunteers entry high on their priority list. However, this does not make your volunteer work legal. Having a USC boyfriend may raise a (small) red flag, leading into follow-up questions or secondary screening. The deeper they dig into your story, the more likely they will hit the point where they label your volunteer work as 'illegal'.

You would be surprised how many established organizations send people to the US without a proper visa. When I was 20 years old, I interned at a big law firm (!) that sent fellow interns to a US office for a month on the VWP.
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Old Apr 28th 2015, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Swifty1 View Post
Purely anecdotal - as a rule - CBP does not seem to have refusing volunteers entry high on their priority list.
Well, that'll be news to the many hundreds of Canadians who tried to enter the US to volunteer with cleanup efforts after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast in 2012. They were all refused entry.

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Wonder how many will want to go to Baltimore?
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