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My un-official 'rule-of-thumb' theory is that you should stay home longer than you stay in the US.
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When entering the US with a B1/B2 visitor visa, the visit is generally approved for no more than 6 months. If you have been here for 5 months and then return home, if you should try to re-enter soon after leaving the US, you likely would face questioning, and possibly be removed at the airport. The B visa, after all, is for temporary visits, and does not permit a visitor to reside in the US. If you remain in your home country at least 6 months, you will be less likely to face issues on re-entry.
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