I was wondering whether anyone could provide any advice on re-entering the US on a tourist visa (via the Visa Waiver Program/ ESTA) after the expiration of an E3D visa?
My E3D visa expires on the 6th December. I left the US on 1st October to return to Sydney for an extended visit home, and my return flight back to the US is booked for 22nd December.
I was planning on applying for a new E3D while in Sydney. However there have been significant delays with my husband’s employer (we are still waiting for a new LCA to come through – ahhhh!). Which means that although my husband will be able to get his new visa in time, I am left with a very small window in which to get my new visa before my flight on 22nd December (in Sydney currently the processing time is 10 days).
For various reasons, I would REALLY like to avoid changing my return flight to the US on the 22nd December if I can avoid it, so am trying to establish a potential plan B.
Does anyone know whether it would be possible to return to the US on a tourist visa? I would be able to show immigration:
- A booked onward flight (return ticket from NY to Bahamas in late January 2015)
- My husband's new visa
- My visa application
- Appointment confirmation at the US consulate in the Bahamas where I would process my visa