a friend of mine is coming from the UK to visit for a bit, does she just need a passport, or will she need a visa? ive read several sites, the UK site for travel to the US said just a passport, but i found a US site saying that you need something else, some kinda waiver form...anyone have any clue?
Rather than seek advice from guys on a car forum, please call the American Embassy (in the U.K) or the State Department (in the U.S.). A visa may or may not be required. If she is a citizen of the U.K., is traveling as a tourist, and will be here less than 90 days, see the U.S. State Department's Visa Waiver Program web page. Be 100% truthful in the application for a visa or waiver, but also be aware that admission to the U.S. is easiest as a tourist. About the worst thing she could do is enter as a tourist and then take a job ... for even a day and/or for even minimum wage. Staying here for "a few months" (more than 90 days) may be problematic, and will likely require that she return to the U.K. periodically. The rules can change frequently and without notice. If in doubt, call the State Department and be sure.
You also didn't say how old your friend is. If she's under 18 the rules will be different, and probably more restrictive, than for an adult.
[This message has been edited by Marvin McInnis (edited 05-01-2012).]