Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

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Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby Sam_Supertramp » Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:03 pm

Hey everyone,
I've been in Afghanistan lately and might even go for a second time soon. I've also been to Iran and will go to Pakistan soon.
Now I'm wondering If I can still apply for a tourist or student Visa for the USA?
I'm afraid that my visa application will be refused due to these visits, or maybe I even get refused at the airport?
I'm a german passport holder.
Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and experiences.
Stay awesome,
Sam
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Re: Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby bwv812 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:01 am

You can't get an ESTA visa waiver if you've been to Iran, and have to get a proper visa, so you'll know before arriving at the airport.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/desti ... stressful/

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/internationa ... er-program
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Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby Sam_Supertramp » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:04 pm

Cool. Thanks for the information.
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Re: Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby Crazydre » Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:12 pm

And yes, a moody visa officer may well not like you having been to Iran, increasing the risk of rejection
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Re: Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby SPR11 » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:17 am

I visited Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the last year, and got a 10 year multiple entry visa for the US afterwards (applied in Kolkata, India, but am a Dutch citizen). It took about 4 months, due to the need for additional processing. I'm assuming I'll have to explain myself at immigration in the US. However, the lady at the embassy told me that the additional processing should eliminate most hassle at the US border.
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Re: Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby luketao » Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:53 am

You don't qualify for a visa waiver to US, but you can apply a B1/B2 visa.

From what I saw on internet, many Chinese passport holders who visited Iran have no problem in getting US visa.

I am sure that German passport would be even easier.
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Re: Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby afgBerliner » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:29 am

If I'm not mistaken, I think you have to wait for 5 years before you can qualify for the visa waiver to the US.
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Re: Will I get in trouble visiting the USA?

Postby Milad » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:30 pm

afgBerliner wrote:If I'm not mistaken, I think you have to wait for 5 years before you can qualify for the visa waiver to the US.

No. There is no "waiting time". It's that simple: You've been to Iran after 2011? You can't go to the USA without a visa. That's it. And yes, 2011 is fixed, it won't be 2012 next year and so on.
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