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I spent 3 months in the USA over the Christmas period on the VWP and left Feb 06 last. I stayed with a friend for that period; I had wanted to visit my other friend in Washington but he was taken ill. Now my problem is this: I want to return to visit my now-well friend in the next couple of weeks, and stay for a month. I realise I will be questioned; I was on my first visit. As a general rule, will I be denied access via the VWP by using this method twice in a row in such a short period or, generally, is this an okay method? Or, is it a no-go?

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    There is no general rule like that and it is not a no go. Unfortunately the answer is it depends.on your profile. If you're a worker, it does appear strange you can take so much time off work. If you are retired or a student with strong financial backing and on school break, it makes more sense. If you don't have any of these extenuating circumstances, I personally would scrutinize you quite a bit above average. The country you're from etc all play a part. Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 20:07
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    Where did you go when you left the US? Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 20:59
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    @DJClayworth it doesn't matter. The first 90-day period is expired, so the subsequent entry will be a new 90-day period, even if the traveler has remained in "contiguous territory or adjacent islands."
    – phoog
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 5:10
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    @DavidOwen you can always apply for a visa if you have concerns about your eligibility for entry. Then your trip wont be wasted if you are refused.
    – user29788
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 9:03
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    @Dorothy Doesn't seem like a dupe of that question to me. No mention of any romantic interests in the question or comments. Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 23:32

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There are few hard and fast rules about VWP re-entry. It's going to be up to the individual CBP officer who processes you. The rules are that the VWP is for "short and occasional" visits, and that you must not be trying to live or work in the US. It's up to you to convince the officer of this. However your story isn't an unusual one.

The key things to convincing the officer are going to be knowing your story and having evidence to back it up. So:

  • Make sure you have a return ticket, and are able to produce it.
  • Have your friend's contact information handy
  • Know details of your friend's sickness, like what the illness was, which hospital he was in. Be able to tell them how you know him.
  • Be able to say how you know this friend.
  • A bank statement may or may not help. It won't hurt (unless it's an account with a US bank).

I think that if you convincingly tell this story it's very likely you will be let in. That is of course just an opinion, and I'm assuming there is nothing else about you or your history that might cause them suspicion.

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  • Like @DJClayworth says you need to prove you are not trying to live or work there, I went 3 times in the space of a year to see my girlfriend which got me some deep and long questioning but i always got in, thankfully she lives in my home country now. Just always be honest with the CBP if you have nothing to hide, if you do and lie they're probably going to find it.
    – BritishSam
    Commented Apr 13, 2017 at 13:37

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