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I have a B1/B2 visa, valid for a 10-year period.

I traveled to the US for the first time in 2016, stayed for four months, and left in August 2016.

I am planning to return in February 2017, just six months after my departure. I'm concerned about how that will seem when I arrive at the border, and whether I will be questioned about my reasons for returning so soon.

Am I risking losing my visa since I just spent 4 months in the US and am going back so soon?

marked as duplicate by pnuts, JoErNanO, blackbird, Community Oct 14 '16 at 19:02

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    I don't quite understand. Are you saying you overstayed? As I read your question, it says you were allowed to stay for 6 months and you actually only stayed for 4. That's not an overstay. Is that right? – Zach Lipton Oct 9 '16 at 20:43
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    If you come back and let us know what you mean, this question can be reopened. – Zach Lipton Oct 9 '16 at 21:38
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    What is the purpose of your visit? How long will you be staying? Why will you return to your country? – Michael Hampton Oct 13 '16 at 19:29
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    @pnuts: Not really -- here there's quite a bit more than a couple of days between the visits. – Henning Makholm Oct 14 '16 at 9:19
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    @pnuts a couple of days is not six months. If the questions are proposed as duplicates then the other question should be re-written in more general terms. – Calchas Oct 14 '16 at 12:57
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I would not expect this to be a problem.

B1/B2 visas allow up to six months in the US at a time, so four months, once, is unlikely to be suspicious. Your profile was fully examined when you obtained a B1/B2 visa so you are already in a good position. The fact that your next entry is a whole six months later and only for eight days: you do not sound like a problem case to me.

On entry, you can expect the usual questions about who you are, where you live, what you do for a living, what you intend to do in the United States, where you will be staying, what you were doing on your last visit, and when you intend to leave again. The questions may sound aggressive but they are not usually intended that way; just give short, simple and polite answers to each question.

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