I have visited Los Angeles, USA on 3 long stays using the ESTA programme, purely as a visitor. I have a British Citizen passport. The stays began in September 2012 and I left the last time in August 2013. My stays were for 79-85 days each time. My quandary is because I was stopped the last time I entered the US in May 2013 on the 3rd of these visits as they were so frequent, but they still did not deny me entry. I was advised by the Transit Authority Officer at the airport that I should leave "6 months or even better a year" after returning home to the UK, before returning again last August, or to obtain, a Visitors visa for the next times. They said that I'd "abused" the ESTA, although still granting me entry. I had used 2 ESTAS in these 3 visits. There was 32 days and then 7 weeks or so between visits back home in London.
I would like to visit there again, this February, but because of the above, I cannot tell if I would be allowed in to the country. I know it'd be better to wait until this August, then after a year, but I'd prefer to go now and would try to obtain the visitors visa, if only I could be more sure of entry. I'd also like to stay longer than 3 months as well if I obtain a visitors visa successfully. So, if I tried to enter the USA this February, with a visitors visa do you think I'd be allowed entry?