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one way flicket question.
Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:55 PM
Joined: 07/10/2011
Posts: 39

Hi, I am thinking to go to the us, can I just book one way ticket , got B1b2 and seaman's book. But no job line up. Thanks for answers
John Doe
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:20 AM
Joined: 13/10/2008
Posts: 78

a one way ticket will get you turned away at the airport. You will then have to buy a flight home without having had a chance. Buy the return, make it for 4-6 months or something. That way if you don't get a job you can always get home. If you get a job then great. You will need that return ticket (or one hell of a believable lie) to get in anyway. Good luck
Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 7:54 PM
Joined: 17/06/2008
Posts: 70

This is a silly question indeed. Why is the B1B2 issue so misunderstood?
Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5:15 AM
Joined: 25/06/2009
Posts: 277

Dean wrote:
...Why is the B1B2 issue so misunderstood?

Because Congress never makes things simple when they have an option to make it complex instead ...


(and a separate transit visa for foreign-flagged yacht crew is too simple  - you all staffed up??)

Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 6:28 AM
If people had a job one could say they are transiting yacht crew. But hanging your hat is someone else's country looking for work on boats, in shipyards and marinas while living ashore is what people are doing. A visa for want to be Yachties (foreigners) to look for work ain't going to happen. Americans looking for work are on the back foot in their own country.
Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 12:05 AM
Joined: 25/06/2009
Posts: 277

Anonymous wrote:
...Americans looking for work are on the back foot in their own country.


This is probably not the thread to start this discussion... But (imo)... this is another "unintended consequence" of Congress in its "infinite wisdom" (and that is why a well known mega-yacht had to get special dispensation to fly the American flag - fix that and one or two related issues and maybe the playing field would become a little more flat? ).

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:21 PM
Joined: 15/05/2012
Posts: 4

I am heading to Fort Lauderdale with a B1/B2 visa, letter of employment and the necessary qualifications. Will a one way ticket be acceptable in that scenario? I have 'enjoyed' the scrutiny of US customs before over non issues and I'm hoping to avoid CBP demanding a round trip when I shouldn't need one. Am I following the right course here?
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:11 PM
Joined: 24/01/2009
Posts: 9

I've done half a dozen trips on a one way ticket into the USA with various yacht employment papers. Never had any issues at all. Just mention in your travel letter that the boat will be heading back to the Med after the Carib/USA season, just so they know you're not going to be there forever.
Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 2:41 PM
Joined: 15/05/2012
Posts: 4

Thanks for the advice Jezza.
Posted: Sunday, July 1, 2012 2:13 AM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1061

I've never heard of the US requiring a ticket out (many countries do), however if you overstay your I-94 (the entry permit, this is NOT a visa) you become persona non grata for 10 years.

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