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Thread: Bad record keeping regarding departure records?

  1. #1
    Guest
    Hi:
    Our children had problems entering the USA on their last trip to visit their maternal grandparents (last week). They entered on the VWP.
    he reason was that their records showed an overstay in 1997/98.
    In fact, they had not overstayed, they were in the US for less than 1 month, somebody had wrongly entered jUn 1998 as the exit date, instead of jAn 1998 in the information the computer had.
    Luckily their passports were stamped with entry to another country on jAn 1998, and severl other stamps dated before june 1998, so it was a obvious mistake. One of them also had another entry in march, so there was no way he could have stayed until june, if he had entered again in march.

    So I have 3 questions:
    Are this record errors common, or was it just bad luck?

    In order to avoid problems in future trips, would it be a good idea to get them B-1/B-2 visas, even if they can enter on the VWP?

    If the errors are common (as I guess they are), is it also, in general, a good idea to get a B-1/B-2 instead of continuing to use the VWP, even if one has never overtayed and/or had problems at entry?

    It is nice to visit the US for business, shopping, or to visit friends & family. But if it starts getting difficult, I guess a lot of tourism will be lost.

    Carlos

  2. #2
    Guest
    Hi:
    Our children had problems entering the USA on their last trip to visit their maternal grandparents (last week). They entered on the VWP.
    he reason was that their records showed an overstay in 1997/98.
    In fact, they had not overstayed, they were in the US for less than 1 month, somebody had wrongly entered jUn 1998 as the exit date, instead of jAn 1998 in the information the computer had.
    Luckily their passports were stamped with entry to another country on jAn 1998, and severl other stamps dated before june 1998, so it was a obvious mistake. One of them also had another entry in march, so there was no way he could have stayed until june, if he had entered again in march.

    So I have 3 questions:
    Are this record errors common, or was it just bad luck?

    In order to avoid problems in future trips, would it be a good idea to get them B-1/B-2 visas, even if they can enter on the VWP?

    If the errors are common (as I guess they are), is it also, in general, a good idea to get a B-1/B-2 instead of continuing to use the VWP, even if one has never overtayed and/or had problems at entry?

    It is nice to visit the US for business, shopping, or to visit friends & family. But if it starts getting difficult, I guess a lot of tourism will be lost.

    Carlos

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