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Here's a little info about my situation:

  • Dutch citizen
  • Went on J-1 for 3 months in 2016
  • Went on ESTA in January for 2 weeks, in March for 4 days, and in April for 2.5 months in 2017
  • Have an American boyfriend in the US, who works for a North-American company
  • Not planning on getting married (have been together for under a year)
  • Applied for a B-2 visa to start around Sep 1th (paid fee, sent out DS-160, consulate appointment on August 24th)
  • Planning to stay less than 3 months, but would like to stay longer, but I've been in the US so much this year already
  • Last time I entered the border officer told me that he was "on the fence", but next time I would need a visa
  • Stupidly applied for a B-2, but my belief is that I can't cancel anymore
  • Planning on doing research for school (BA) during my stay while my boyfriend works
  • Need to be back to graduate beginning of next year at my university in the Netherlands and to have a planned mouth surgery
  • Have proof of funds of $10,000

Now these are my questions:

  • Would it be helpful to push the entry date to Oct or Nov 2017?
  • If I'm correct, I can't cancel my appointment anymore without getting an automatic decline for a visa, so not able to use ESTA anymore?
  • Are there people that have been in my situation that have advice for me or can tell me about their experience?
  • Does anyone know what my chances might be to getting a visa?

Thanks so much! I'm pretty nervous about the interview and I hope that this will help calm my nerves a little bit :)

closed as too broad by Giorgio, Ali Awan, Rory Alsop, Gayot Fow, David Richerby Aug 12 '17 at 8:02

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  • I don't think pushing back the entry date slightly would make much of a difference. I think you can cancel your appointment without this counting as a refused visa (but I'm not sure). Travel plans sometimes change, after all. – mdd Aug 12 '17 at 12:15