So I have a valid b1/b2 (visitor visa) and I've traveled multiple times to the US. I'm planning to go to the US for a vacation for a month before I head on to Canada. I have a sister in California with whom I plan to stay. Now the issue is this - during Customs and Immigration interviews, every time I was asked "where do you work" - I had a company and location to talk about. This time I've quit my job and I'm moving to Canada (haven't found a job yet). How should I answer the "where do you work" question without causing unnecessary alarm?

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    Don't lie. Have you already paid for tickets to Canada?
    – Mark
    Oct 8, 2018 at 7:35
  • Yup... I have booked a ticket for canada for a month later. The problem is this - the last time I traveled into the US, it was at the beginning of this year; about 4 months after my last trip. I was asked so many questions (actually the same question in multiple ways) just because of the 4 month gap. Now if I were to say "between jobs" or "taking a break", I'm scared there'd be a secondary interview.
    – Maria
    Oct 8, 2018 at 7:54
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    Answer that you do consulting work. This is typically understood as the cover story for the under employed.
    – RoboKaren
    Oct 8, 2018 at 8:17
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    @Maria that's why you should tell them the truth. You decided to leave your current job and move to Canada. To better prepare for the new challenges you decided to take a month of vaction and visit your sister - maybe a declaration from her that she'll cover your accomodation and expenses would be helpful? After that month you plan to go to proceed and go to Canada.
    – Mark
    Oct 8, 2018 at 9:10
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    Do you have employment authorization in Canada? Just be honest and say you’re taking a break from work. Have proof of ample funds etc. That said know that you’re taking a risk. Oct 8, 2018 at 11:54

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I would be honest. Say you work in Canada and right now are between jobs, and it seemed like a good time to visit your sister.

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