I am a Pakistani PhD student in Canada who has approximately $40k a year in funding. I have been here for two years and have visited the states for an academic conference on a visa. The same visa is also applicable to tourism.
My girlfriend, whom I met in Canada, is now moving to Colorado to begin medschool. I of course want to see her as regularly.
As a Pakistani, I expect to be question a lot when visiting the states. My ties in Canada are:
- my PhD degree
- my MS degree that I also earned here,
- and my lease and car.
I understand not to volunteer information and to answer to the point. But what can I do to make this process simpler and convincing? My guess is repeated visits (~once every 2 months) to the same place will raise questions. I do not intend to stay for long periods - most commonly just a weekend and sometimes for 10 days. Month long visits are not a possibility for me.
Would repeated travel strengthen or weaken the probability of me being denied?
Note: This question is meant for normal times. Travelling now would just put people at risk of catching covid.