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Old 29-08-2014, 06:42   #16
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Re: Australian Buying a Boat in US

When we bought our boat a couple of years ago, in Puerto Rico, we came through the US on an ESTA. We hold NZ passports. Only challenge was that we needed to show a flight out of the US, and we had a shipping "window" with Sevenstar - we shipped our boat to Genoa from St Thomas. Took a stab at a flight date, worked out fine. We were in the US about 8 weeks.

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Old 29-08-2014, 06:46   #17
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Re: Australian Buying a Boat in US

Thanks Mark, sounds like we will have to do some backward sailing to sort it out. What a pain in the ass.

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Re: Australian Buying a Boat in US

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The ESTA visa is a legitimate and viable alternative and might suit some. .
I am sorry; ESTA is not a visa, hence the sentence above does not make sense.

MarkJ is spot on.

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Re: Australian Buying a Boat in US

Hi all.
I've just bought a boat which is currently in St Lucia and I'm wanting to bring it back to Florida for some refit work during late Nov. What would be the best strategy for getting the B1B2 given that I'm already in the US on a esta waiver? Stop at Dominican Republic or even Bahamas on the way? I'm using a delivery captain for the trip so I suppose I could get off in the Bahamas and fly in also? Thanks for any advice.
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You have to make an appointment at any US consulate. You will need a few passport photos. All the details and the forms are on the US Immigration website. You must also allow around 5 days for delivery

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