My boyfriend would like to come to visit me in the US. He is currently living in the UK and holds a Polish passport. What are the steps we should take?
Your boyfriend will need a visa, you can read how to apply for a tourist visa on the website of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the UK.
Note: he should also follow the rules for Polish citizens, not UK ones as he is Polish and has a Polish passport.
He is a national of Poland not the UK. As such, he must apply for a visa.
He must qualify for the visa on his own merits, being your boyfriend does not help him. In fact, this may hurt his case somewhat. What immigration is generally looking for to grant him a visa and admit him is:
- He does not intend to overstay and remain in the U.S.; he has home-ties in the UK, something to go back to.
- He does not intend to seek employment in the US; that is to say he is successful enough that he can easily afford this foreign vacation.
- He will not find himself in a predicament where he must fall back on public benefits such as state medicaid (which is federally subsidized), food stamps, homeless housing assistance etc. And, promising to sponsor him is no help.
As others have said, a Polish citizen needs a Visa for the US. However, if you're in a pinch for time, you have a US Passport, and he has a Polish, both of you can travel to Canada without Visas. If time doesn't allow for him to get his Visa, that might be your next best option.
UPDATE: The US is admitting Poland into the Visa Waiver program. Word on the street is that sometime between January and March, Poles should be able to enter the US for 90 days without a formal visa. https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/05/poland-to-join-u-s-visa-waiver-program-after-decades-long-campaign
Now that Poland is in the VWP (as of late 2019), the rules are the same as for passport holders of any other European VWP country. The main obstacle as of 2020 is the Covid-related restrictions, which currently prevent most non-US citizens/residents from entering the US if they've been in Europe in the past 14 days.