Hi, I work on a ship and at the end of the contract I'm planning to spend my vacation in New York.I have both C1D visa and B1B2 visa but I can only sign off on C1D (the company needs me to work until the end of the cruise, so I HAVE to work after the last non-american port)My plan is to take a flight to Nassau,Bahamas and then reentry the USA on B1B2 Visa.But I don't know how long I have to stay in Bahamas or if this will create any problems when returning to the US.Are there any issues I'm not aware of?
State/Country relating to question: New York
So you mean you will enter on the C-1/D and then immediately or shortly leave the U.S. and go to the Bahamas and want to enter on the B-1/B-2?
Yes, I will enter the US on a C1D coming with the cruise ship , then fly out to Bahamas stay there for as long as necessery (Maybe you can tell me how many hours I have to stay out of the US before reentering) and then come back to New York on my B1B2 visa.
At least half a day, but keep in mind that as far as the time goes, in order to "reset" the amount of time you can stay in the U.S, you would need to stay out for at least 30 days if you go to Canada, Mexico, or any of the islands adjacent to the U.S. I don't think that will be an issue for you since you will most likely be in the U.S. on the C-1/D a day or a few days, but just keep that in mind. Be prepared to show evidence of the strong ties that you have to your country to prove that you will be leaving the U.S. on time. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I would be happy to answer them for you without additional charge. If there is a delay in getting back to you it is either because I am answering other questions or I had to log off, but I will be back with you as soon as possible. It is VERY important that if you are not satisfied, please ask additional questions. My goal is to provide you with top-notch service. And please don't forget to rate me, but please rate me on my service to you, not the state of the law because I have no control over that. Also, a bonus is always appreciated. If you would like to request me in the future, just go to http://www.justanswer.com/law/expert-guillermosenmartin/. Thank you!
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Will there be any issues at the end of the vacation?
I would just join your ship without leaving and coming back on the C-1/D.
I know I did that in the past, but now my company is asking for the flight details before joining a new ship and they want everybody to enter the US on C1D...I guess is more paperwork for them otherwise (I don't know).
I don't know either. That doesn't make a difference to U.S. Immigration. Costa Rica would be better, but the biggest thing you have to worry about is proving that you are not living in the U.S. and will leave when you are supposed to.
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