Q: How long should you wait to return to US on B1/B2 Visa after recent visit to US?
Hi...I have a friend from Brazil who was recently in the country on a B1/B2 Visa. They were granted 6 months when they arrived. They stayed 155 days...roughly 5 months. They left before the Visa expired to return to Brazil. How long should they wait before returning? They have family in the US attending college and they wish to return 4 months after leaving the US. Will this be a problem? Or should they wait at least 5 months? Thank you
A: In general, they can leave the United States and turn around and come back in; however, every time your friend re-enters the US with the tourist visa, they have to endure the scrutiny of the border officers asking questions about the motive and length of the new visit. The officers mostly want to know if the visitor's intentions are to stay in the US rather than a short visit. The officers know if the visitor has a pattern of long visits broken only by short trips home and this pattern can raise flags. Let me know if this answers your question.
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