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Travelling on ESTA to visit my LD boyfriend, worried about CBP

Hi all,

I am travelling from Australia to the USA in June via NZ (hopefully - provided there is no more major Covid outbreaks) and I am going to be landing in Los Angeles to visit my long distance boyfriend. I am going to be travelling as an Australian / New Zealand citizen on the ESTA VWP. However, I am really worried about CBP denying me entry as I have read countless horror stories about it, and I know CBP can get suspicious that I am coming to the USA to marry, especially during Covid times.

This is not the case, I genuinely just wanna go and visit for 3 weeks, to see how things are between us (as we have not met in person yet). We are planning to meet in LA and travel around the west coast for a while (see the grand canyon and the west coast cities in a Covid-safe way!).

I will bring evidence with me of being a student (I am 20 yrs old and currently enrolled in college / associates degree equivalent here in Australia), and I live with my friend and we have signed a lease together so I am bringing a copy of that too. I am also bringing a copy of my employment contract with my job. I also am bringing proof that I have a return ticket booked and copies of our travel itinerary (as much of it as possible, but there is some flexibility with it because we might change where we decide to go and what we decide to do ect). I will bring proof of funds too so that CBP can see I have enough money to support myself.

I guess I am just really worried that CBP might think that because I am finally able to travel during Covid, that I am coming to the USA for the wrong reasons and that I am planning to overstay because I guess my travel doesn't qualify as "essential." I'm hoping I don't get denied entry. Is getting denied entry common in such situations? Should I even tell them I'm visiting my bf at all? I guess I might be psyching myself out a little bit but it's definitely on my mind (ended up having a detailed dream about getting my shit searched by CBP lmao).

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