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Old Dec 14th 2017, 9:56 pm
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We would like to buy a holiday home in Nevada and stay for the winter months....get away from the horrible wet English Weather. I'm finding it really hard to figure out the B2 visa. We would probably go from Nov to March, do we have to renew our tourist visa every year?
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If you are retired you should be able to get a B2 without jumping through too many hoops. The visa is valid for 10 years and multiple visits, and at the discretion of the CBP officer at the POE allows you to stay for up to 6 months on a visit.

Friends of mine have them and come for about 5 months each year and stay in their RV at a resort, or tour around. They have been doing this for 5/6 years now.

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What happened to your partner's job offer last month?

What will your daughter do for 4 or 5 months in the USA in the winter season?

Are you and your partner (not spouse) both retired?

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Assuming your daughter is under 11 what about her schooling, or will she be boarding??
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We decided to turn down the job offer after researching it more it wasn't viable. I plan to home school our daughter so schooling isn't an issue. We're not retired but both run our own businesses that we can still run whilst in the U.S.
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You cannot work in the US on a visitors visa, and that includes what you plan to do. You almost certainly would be refused a visitors visa anyway in your circumstances.
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We're not retired but both run our own businesses that we can still run whilst in the U.S.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you can't do that on a tourist visa. Working of any kind isn't allowed, including remote working for a business based elsewhere.

You're also not likely to get a B2 if you're not of retirement age - a quick search of the forum for other B2 threads will find lots of other threads for info.

Best to stick to the VWP IMO, for shorter trips around work.

Good luck.
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We decided to turn down the job offer after researching it more it wasn't viable. I plan to home school our daughter so schooling isn't an issue. We're not retired but both run our own businesses that we can still run whilst in the U.S.
I agree with the others. Since you are not retired, you will almost certainly all be refused a visitor visa. And you cannot work while physically in the USA, not even for a business outside the USA.

Stick to visiting using the VWP.

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You cannot work in the US on a visitors visa, and that includes what you plan to do. You almost certainly would be refused a visitors visa anyway in your circumstances.
We wouldn't work in the US? We have UK based businesses which would continue to run in the UK.
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We wouldn't work in the US? We have UK based businesses which would continue to run in the UK.
But you can't do ANY work while in the US, even just logging on the check how your UK business is doing and, perhaps, giving some guidance/help to those running it. The US is extremely strict about those sort of things.

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We decided to turn down the job offer after researching it more it wasn't viable. I plan to home school our daughter so schooling isn't an issue. We're not retired but both run our own businesses that we can still run whilst in the U.S.
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We wouldn't work in the US? We have UK based businesses which would continue to run in the UK.
I think you are confused. You cannot ‘run’ your UK business whilst you are in the US without the appropriate visa. Even if it was internet based...you would still need a visa. It makes no difference where the biz is located...it is where you are physically that counts.
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Perhaps try for one when you do retire?
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We wouldn't work in the US? We have UK based businesses which would continue to run in the UK.
Even if you mean the UK business could run completely stand - alone (no input from you at all) while you're in the USA, you still are unlikely to get a B-2 visa, based on the fact that you are not retired or of retirement age.

You will be coming here for tourism, and the ConOffs believe 90 days is more than enough time to visit the USA.

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I agree with all the others here, limit your trips to 90 day VWP visits, because you are unlikely to be granted a B2.
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I agree with all the others here, limit your trips to 90 day VWP visits, because you are unlikely to be granted a B2.
But you still cannot operate your UK biz from the US.
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