Your Visa is approved….
a nice lady at the US embassy told us.
I heard already that visa-waiver-program doesn’t work in case you enter the US by sailing yacht. Some used the visa-waver-program by using a ferry, I guess from for example Canada, got a 90 days visa, traveled back and came back with their own boat.
Somewhere else I read that sailors were happy about getting a B2-Visa. Searched in the internet to get to know what this is about and considered it as something we need. Filled in a form on the internet (bit complicated for me due to my “US-History” with SSN, driver licence number, contact person in the US – thanks Angela), service fee paid, appointment made for an interview at the us-embassy in Frankfurt.
Photo taken during my first US visit 1998
Then Thursday last week seven thirty in front of the us embassy. 15 minutes later within the area. Little surprise, our visa pictures are not valid due to eyeglasses. These are not allowed on visa-pictures. But there was an photo booth with instructions to get a proper visa picture (don’t smile etc.).
Then first counter, taking fingerprints and some questions. Why do you need a visa? We will arrive on our own sailing yacht. Ok, then you need one. Ready. Next counter, next brief interview, basically same question. And eventually “your visa is approved”.
Great. Now we can theoretically for 10 years as often as we want visit the wonderful United States of America, each time for up to 180 days. Theoretically, because entrance can still be refused. But now we can set way-points already for spring 2018, either golf of mexico with for example New Orleans or east coast (New Bern, NC, where I used to work in 2004 for a couple of months).