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Old 03-10-2015, 08:28 AM
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Did you get a good flight? Do you mind if I ask who you booked through? I'm currently looking at heading back over in May.
We travel with Qantas as much as possible. They are are as good as it gets in economy, can take 2 bags and have a good safety record (top 10 worldwide I think), but basically we just thought we should stick with one company to collect as many frequent flyer points as possible.... we are collecting points through mb phone bills, shopping, credit card etc. It'll all add up to hopefully help fly my step daughter over to Aust twice a year!!

Deals to be found if you look. But they are definitely not the cheapest. Book in advance (6mths) if possible.

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We travel with Qantas as much as possible. They are are as good as it gets in economy, can take 2 bags and have a good safety record (top 10 worldwide I think), but basically we just thought we should stick with one company to collect as many frequent flyer points as possible.... we are collecting points through mb phone bills, shopping, credit card etc. It'll all add up to hopefully help fly my step daughter over to Aust twice a year!! Deals to be found if you look. But they are definitely not the cheapest. Book in advance (6mths) if possible.
Yeah we've only used Qantas for the 3 flights we've booked too and mainly it's the safety we like but also the points!

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Is it like Australia where you can bump out of the country for a few days then come back in and re-set your 90 days? We have the distinct advantage of sharing a land border - no airplanes required to leave the country ;-)
Maybe a road trip to Canada or Mexico is in order while you're here!
Otherwise, if that's not an option, I'd not risk it- especially if you're flying in to DC. Maybe it's just a preconception but seems like border patrol in the Capital would be on their game and not let much slip by them.
Hate to say it, you may have to go home a few days early (sucks I know).
Interesting coincidence - you're coming over here the very day I'm flying out to Australia!
No when i was there in October and we took a 10 day trip to Canada, i noted that it would not reset the 90 day clock.

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No when i was there in October and we took a 10 day trip to Canada, i noted that it would not reset the 90 day clock.
I would not overstay- at all. Immi there is extremely serious, they probably won't let you in next time. I lived there on a tourist visa for 2 1/2 years before getting a more permanent visa and I had to leave every 6 months (I had a proper tourist visa). I tried once to extend it while in the US and it got denied - they said I didn't give them enough proofs of my intention to be a tourist and not work. It was heartbreaking, as I had to leave then immediately. My now husband send them a letter explaining he was supporting me, that I was there just to be with him and was not going to work with copies of his payslips, letter from me saying I wouldn't work, and other documents but whoever looked at it thought we were lying - which we were not. I never worked while there on my tourist visa. So if you apply for an extension of your visa, give them all the proofs it's only for a couple of days. That should work- well I hope.
BUT PLEASE, DO NOT OVERSTAY! That calls big trouble for your future stays in the US! I've heard stories of people overstaying and then not being allowed back in the US, even years later, and some other have been evicted from the country. However, I have never overstayed myself - I would never have even thought about it. Too risky
You can get a tourist visa, a proper one, it will allow you to stay 6 months in the US. You have to go to the US embassy or consulate to get it though.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:14 PM
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Anyone hear any news? I am almost to my 5 month mark and checking my immi account and this forum every day. I have still only received the standard message upon submitting my application.

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Question...have anyAussies travelled to the US on ETA and stayed a few days longer than the allowable 90 days? I'm going over on the 8th April and coming back on July 8th (landing in Oz on the 10th). I've read conflicting info about over staying visas. In some instances it doesn't seem to have mattered, in others it's meant dire circumstances (i.e. locked up!). As I'll only be over by about 4 days or so, I'm wondering if applying for an extension while there will be necessary. If denied I'd have to leave straight away (I think..??). I don't want to ruin my chances of living in the US down the track if we want or need to.
Absolutely not! I'm a US immigration lawyer. Even a one day overstay will cause you to lose your ESTA privileges. Then you will need a tourist visa, and it could be tough to get one. Do not mess around and be casual with this.

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Old 03-10-2015, 05:53 PM
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Anyone hear any news? I am almost to my 5 month mark and checking my immi account and this forum every day. I have still only received the standard message upon submitting my application.
I haven't heard anything either. I applied a week before you. I'm hoping for an approval in April-May!

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Is a relationship history statement required as a separate document uploaded to the online application? I noticed on their checklist it says:

Statements from you and your partner about:
how, when and where you first met
how your relationship developed
when you decided to marry or to start a de facto relationship
your domestic arrangements (how you support each other financially, physically and emotionally and when this level of commitment began)
any periods of separation (when and why the separation occurred, for how long and how you maintained your relationship during the period of separation)
your future plans.

But all of these were questions asked on the actual online application and I filled them in fully.

Do we still need to write two relationship history statement letters?


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Looks like there are a few of us here that have all applied within a few weeks of each other. Best of luck to all. (Applied Sept 27,2014)

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Old 03-10-2015, 06:02 PM
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Looks like there are a few of us here that have all applied within a few weeks of each other. Best of luck to all. (Applied Sept 27,2014)
I will be following ya'll closely since we all applied around the same time- please let us know when you receive ANY news I am getting a little obsessive about all of it. I, too, am hoping for a response by May!

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