2 responses to “As Traveling Becomes Yet More Complicated”

  1. tommylee

    You bet you last cent that the whole Visa waiver program is a screw-up and only designed to complicate matters more. If you travel too many times to the States, you get picked out of line and subjected to the scrutiny why you enter the US so many times.

    Since under the visa waiver program you don't need to apply for a Visa as one of the “friendlies” yet you do as allowed under the program, business in the States you got to answer under interrogation a sworn affidavit that is typed up by the immigration officer that has to type the question first and then type your answer… with one finger typing skills on a computer that has not left the stone ages and still runs Windows 2000. Problem really arises that when time has finally come (after about 2 hrs) to print the doc. the printer driver is not compatible with the front office printer and they have to go find one that works. Finally giving-up I suggested putting it on a disk and pop-it into a more modern machine. I was met with a blank stare until the coin finally dropped but coming to find out that the machine has no floppies, nor CD burning capabilities. I suggested a USB stick, flashdrive and the stare became an empty, hollow light-slowly-dying, mouth dropping IQ4 gaze.

    Anyway the story is too long to recap here, but the bottom line was that I never got to sign my affidavit, never got a copy but could never travel on a Visa Waiver program anymore and have to go get myself a Visa B1/B2 (and i'm golden again, verbatim the immigration officer) because I come too often to the country!!!

    Now tell me what the moral of the story is?

  2. tommylee

    You bet you last cent that the whole Visa waiver program is a screw-up and only designed to complicate matters more. If you travel too many times to the States, you get picked out of line and subjected to the scrutiny why you enter the US so many times.

    Since under the visa waiver program you don't need to apply for a Visa as one of the “friendlies” yet you do as allowed under the program, business in the States you got to answer under interrogation a sworn affidavit that is typed up by the immigration officer that has to type the question first and then type your answer… with one finger typing skills on a computer that has not left the stone ages and still runs Windows 2000. Problem really arises that when time has finally come (after about 2 hrs) to print the doc. the printer driver is not compatible with the front office printer and they have to go find one that works. Finally giving-up I suggested putting it on a disk and pop-it into a more modern machine. I was met with a blank stare until the coin finally dropped but coming to find out that the machine has no floppies, nor CD burning capabilities. I suggested a USB stick, flashdrive and the stare became an empty, hollow light-slowly-dying, mouth dropping IQ4 gaze.

    Anyway the story is too long to recap here, but the bottom line was that I never got to sign my affidavit, never got a copy but could never travel on a Visa Waiver program anymore and have to go get myself a Visa B1/B2 (and i'm golden again, verbatim the immigration officer) because I come too often to the country!!!

    Now tell me what the moral of the story is?

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