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So I was looking at some long distance hiking trails in the US - the Pacific Crest and the Appalachian. Both require 5-7 months to hike the whole thing.

This is fine for locals, but what about internationals needing that long to do it, when we can only get a 90 day visa?

I figure there's 3 possible outcomes:

  • either there's a way to extend it,
  • or you have to fly out and back in again (breaking your continuous walk :()
  • or there's no way to do it, which would be disappointing.

Any solutions?

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The visa waiver is, as the name says, not a visa: it's a program where you don't need a visa if you're in the USA for less than 90 days. If you're staying for longer, you need to get an actual visa. Also, you can't just hop over the border and back to get around the 90-day limit. – David Richerby Mar 13 '14 at 19:29
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According to CBP you cannot extend your stay for more then 30 days and even then in the case of emergency. The good news is that noone yet canceled availability of B1/B2 visas for the citizens of VWP countries.

So if you obtain a B2 visa, which you shouldn't have a problem doing you can enter the US for the period of 6 months and hike one of the trails before you have to leave the country.

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You've said B2, the linked page doesn't mention a B2, just a B1. Is there a difference? – Mark Mayo Mar 13 '14 at 17:14
In addition, the requirements for that visa are fairly detailed, having to provide evidence that I'm there on business, which would be hard to do when I waltz up with 6 months worth of hiking gear :/ – Mark Mayo Mar 13 '14 at 17:14
@MarkMayo Usually when you get a Visa you get B1/B2, which is a Temporary visitor on Business/Personal – Karlson Mar 13 '14 at 17:24
@MarkMayo There's information on the B-2 tourist visa at – David Richerby Mar 13 '14 at 19:46
B1 is for business, B2 is personal. – Loren Pechtel Feb 5 at 0:21

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