I was planning on going to the U.S. on vacation 5 years ago when I was studying abroad. I applied for a B visa as a foreigner in France, the country I was studying in. The officer denied stating I could not demonstrate strong ties with France and my income was low, typical 214(b).
Fast forward 5 years, I am still in France, but I have been working here for 3+ years holding a work visa. My income has greatly improved as well.
I will soon recognize my Italian citizenship, so a visa will no longer be required to work and live in France. I have a couple of questions:
- Should I try the ESTA with the Italian passport? I have seen it will probably be denied since I will have to answer "YES" to the denied visa question.
- If applying for the B visa is advisable, should I apply with the Italian or foreign passport?
- I am willing to pursue French naturalization as well. Should I wait the moment I become a French citizen to reapply, to show yet stronger ties?