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I am a UK citizen, 22 years old and will be meeting my boyfriend for the first time, staying with him (and his parents) and will have $1000 approximately when I arrive, being paid from then on every 2 weeks from a disability benefit I am able to be paid out-of-country for 12 weeks in total. I will be filling out my ESTA and getting plane tickets for 9th October-22nd December. (I will be able to provide proof that my "income" will be paid continuously throughout my stay and has been paid on time, every time for the last 6 months)

Will not having 3 months worth of money be a problem for customs?

Will I be refused entrance to the USA by stating I am visiting my boyfriend?

I also have no ties to the UK other than caring for my deaf mother. How do I avoid this being a problem?

I receive around $1500 per month. I do not attend university, I will not be taking leave from any employment and do not have a car or my own house (I have access to my parents car and live at their house) Boyfriend works a full time job and plans to support me throughout my stay, I also have proof of his mother inviting me to stay from the 9/10 - 22/12.

  • Welcome to travel.SE. Can you clarify your question?
    – Karlson
    Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 16:14
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    Tahli, this is a very vgue question which we are not really in a position to answer. If you can ask specific questions, then we can probably answer those. Also please tell us what country you are from. Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 16:26
  • I think the OP is asking about proof of funds requirements, but seems like she could have problems with visa due to ties to returning home Commented Sep 20, 2015 at 21:31
  • You say you will be "paid" every two weeks. Paid by whom and for what? Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 0:58
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    You should always answer truthfully. Don't try to downplay or hide your relationship. Given the information here, if you've never travelled to the US before, I'd expect you to receive a longer than usual interview, but most likely be admitted in the end. If you have been to the US before, then just swipe your passport at a kiosk and don't worry about it. Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 5:28

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Tell them that you're visiting the US for two weeks. Get a return ticket for 2 weeks and then cancel it later on when you enter the US. Asking for a 3 month entry can serve as a red flag and cbp agents are always agitated and annoyed. If you ask for a 2 week entry, they'll end up giving you 3 months anyways.

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    and is this totally legal? Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 3:43
  • To be honest. Intentions change as a person enters the US territory. As long as you're doing everything legally, I think you can circumnavigate through things. But remember, it's the CBP that gives people entry for 3 to 6 months to begin with.
    – Raj
    Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 20:23

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