Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Navigation in USA


Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Good morning Maria,

I am Swiss as well. And ask that same question to emigration for the same reason a month ago when I arrived in Fort Lauderdale.
You will have to leave the US for a "significant" amount of time… and "significant" is at the interpretation of the Emigration officer.
If you look clearly at the law, it is a maximum of 6 months per year…

I would not argue the law, example: when I went to the Bahamas, emigration stamped my passport for 90 days, I said as a Swiss I am allowed to 8 months. He said no, "I only give you 90 days", that is his right… It will be the same everywhere else.

A friend of a friend of mine from Canada, came "too many times" (stayed too many days), so US emigration said no you can not enter (he was driving).
He thought he was smart and drove to the next border control, (I personally thought that was funny) he didn't realize everything is recorded instantly in the computer and was told he will never enter again the USA…
so if are you told you have been in the USA for too long be wise.

I would guess, if you stay for example 4 months in a calendar year (example 2014), then leave for 2 months, then are back 4 months in another calendar year (example 2015) - I would suspect this would not be an issue (but again at the interpretation of the emigrate officer reading your info on the computer).

I am sure you know you have to call as soon as you arrive in the USA before stepping on ground (which is kind of difficult for dock lines)
The number I called was: (800) 432 1216 (I don't know if this is specific to Florida or for all the USA).
They will give you an 18 digit number and you have 24 hours to clear emigration and customs. and ask you if you brought Vegetable, etc.
I made that mistake and had 1 grapefruit, 2 tomatoes, 4 eggs, etc. they will send a van to destroy the food, personally I ask if I could eat it before clearing emigration and it was ok.
Customs will give you a cruising permit of 1 year, cost me $19.

Hope that helps, let me know if you have other questions.

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Royal Palm, Fort Lauderdale, USA




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On Sun, 12/14/14, pitugolf@yahoo.com [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Navigation in USA
To: amelyachtowners@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:02 AM


 









Hello everybody,We are now in Cap
Vert ready to cross the Atlantic on the 20th Dec.! We will
head to Barbados and go up the Antillas to the Chesapeake
Bay, Where we will be for the hurricane season. We are
Swiss-Canadian. My question is: as Swiss we have a multiple
visa for 10 years and as Canadian we do not need visa. He
heard we can stay in USA for six months and then go out like
Canada and get back  in again to USA...  Does someone have
the experience if not Americans? Six months are not enough
to go up to Chesapeake wait for the hurricane season and
head south after in Sept, Oct.Any Canadians or other
nationalities that have experience this with
matter?
Thank you in advance
and Merry Christmas,
Maria
GeigerS.Y. PITU











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