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Hello,my name is Judith. Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions.
I don't think you have the profile of an intending immigrant either.
Just a bit more information on what you do in your country, please.
I'm a full time advertising student. I took this year off , to take courses and travel. I still live and economically depend of my parents.
I don't see you having a difficult time coming into the US this time for the workshop. It would be good if you can get a letter from your university advisor saying you have taken a year sabbatical to do independent course work and travel.
Bring with you all the workshop materials for the course here.
If you have any future commitments outside the US such as some trips abroad already scheduled bring evidence of that.
The fact you have spend 5 months back in your country and are only entering the US for a 5 week course, requesting only a maximum of 2 months visit this trip, all appears very legitimate to me.
You may go back to secondary inspection but you should not cancel your trip because of that. You have a legit purpose for coming, a once in a lifetime chance while young to travel and gain experiences before finishing school and beginning a professional career. You just tell that to the inspector.
I would bring the receipts of the course, return flight, student ID from my university.
Is there a possibility the Officer at POE asks me why I stayed so long in the states in my previous visit? If so, what's proper answer. The truth is I was enjoying the winter season and the holidays with friends and fmily members.
THE TRUTH is what you answer. There was nothing wrong with coming to the US to enjoy the winter with family and friends. That is the entire purpose of the tourist visa and you can tell the officer all the fun things you did and saw!
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