After leaving here on Wednesday evening, full of excitement and happy that the day finally arrived, I travelled a full 24 hours to get to Chicago.
I went through passport control with no problems, but then to be asked again at the customs why I came into the US and what my reasons were for coming? From there onwards it became a problem that I wanted to give workshops in the US . I was detained, questioned and sent back home the same evening, I will leave out the awful details of how I felt!
Here is an extraction of the waiver condition which let me to believe that I did the correct thing.
"The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is administered by DHS and enables eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without first obtaining a visa."
I qualified and received my ESTA waiver approval.
I am home again feeling terrible at having put Portia, and all the participants through this dissapointment, and the cancellations which had to be made as a result of this.
I will try and sort out the issues with the US embasy and try to get the appropriate visa. I hope that we can reshedule sometime in the near future.
I have been in contact with all the participants that I have e-mail addresses of, should there be anyone who has not received a mail from me, please let me know.
I want to again express my sincere apologies to all of you, and I hope that I can make it up to in some way with my possible next visit. I want to thank each and everyone who has responded in such an understanding and kind way, this is what has made the whole event somewhat more bearable.
Thank you again,