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Visa Waiver - how often and for how long?

Old Mar 14th 2007, 8:35 pm
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-Jules
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On Tue, 13 Mar 2007 19:41:57 +0000, savannah_boy wrote:
> my questions is this:
>
> - US immigration control stamped my passport for the full 90 days under
> the VWP so I could technically stay for the 90? (even though my return
> flight ticket date is prior to this?)

You know, I'd wondered exactly the same thing. I was under the impression
that it was illegal to extend a stay under the VWP - but like you I'd
noticed that my passport stamps all just say "90 days", not the
length of stay that my pre-booked flights gave me.

Maybe it's just that you can't ever extend a VWP trip *beyond* 90 days,
but you're free to do so up to the 90 day deadline.
 
Old Mar 15th 2007, 3:20 am
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On Mar 13, 12:41 pm, savannah_boy <[email protected]>
wrote:
> > Take all you can but do not show it unless asked.
>
> > A couple of weeks is more normal.
>
> I am now in the USA for a month holiday, I was grilled quite a bit by
> the 2 stage check-in at madrid before boarding the flight to the USA but
> USA immigration were fine.
>
> my questions is this:
>
> - US immigration control stamped my passport for the full 90 days under
> the VWP so I could technically stay for the 90? (even though my return
> flight ticket date is prior to this?)

If they admitted you for 90 days, then you've been admitted for 90
days - why the puzzlement? You're not abliged to stay for all 90, but
you're obviously allowed to.
 
Old Mar 15th 2007, 4:35 pm
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On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 19:20:14 -0700, J. J. Farrell wrote:

> On Mar 13, 12:41 pm, savannah_boy <[email protected]>
> wrote:
>> > Take all you can but do not show it unless asked.
>>
>> > A couple of weeks is more normal.
>>
>> I am now in the USA for a month holiday, I was grilled quite a bit by
>> the 2 stage check-in at madrid before boarding the flight to the USA but
>> USA immigration were fine.
>>
>> my questions is this:
>>
>> - US immigration control stamped my passport for the full 90 days under
>> the VWP so I could technically stay for the 90? (even though my return
>> flight ticket date is prior to this?)
>
> If they admitted you for 90 days, then you've been admitted for 90
> days - why the puzzlement? You're not abliged to stay for all 90, but
> you're obviously allowed to.

Personally it was just a bit surprising that, given that the officer you
see at PoE can decide how long you may stay for (regardless of when your
flights are booked for), they then go and always stamp your passport with
something that says "90 days".

Unless of course there are two stamps in use - an unconditional one that
always says 90 days (which is all that most people ever see), and a
conditional one which they use when they give a time limit under 90 days.

cheers

Jules
 
Old Mar 15th 2007, 5:41 pm
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Default Re: Visa Waiver - how often and for how long?

Originally Posted by -Jules View Post
On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 19:20:14 -0700, J. J. Farrell wrote:

> On Mar 13, 12:41 pm, savannah_boy <[email protected]>
> wrote:
>> > Take all you can but do not show it unless asked.
>>
>> > A couple of weeks is more normal.
>>
>> I am now in the USA for a month holiday, I was grilled quite a bit by
>> the 2 stage check-in at madrid before boarding the flight to the USA but
>> USA immigration were fine.
>>
>> my questions is this:
>>
>> - US immigration control stamped my passport for the full 90 days under
>> the VWP so I could technically stay for the 90? (even though my return
>> flight ticket date is prior to this?)
>
> If they admitted you for 90 days, then you've been admitted for 90
> days - why the puzzlement? You're not abliged to stay for all 90, but
> you're obviously allowed to.

Personally it was just a bit surprising that, given that the officer you
see at PoE can decide how long you may stay for (regardless of when your
flights are booked for), they then go and always stamp your passport with
something that says "90 days".

Unless of course there are two stamps in use - an unconditional one that
always says 90 days (which is all that most people ever see), and a
conditional one which they use when they give a time limit under 90 days.

cheers

Jules
90 days or nothing on a VWP
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