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My friend back in 2010 got tourist visa.He came here to the states.He was here for 6 months.In those 6 months he was trying to switch to student visa so he found US citizen to sponsor him and lawyer.However since he could only stay 6 months max a lawyer advised him to leave the country for a month then come back.


So he did went back to his country for a month,he flew back to the States and at airport he went to secondary screening.There they found in his bag documents about school and the sponsor contract he made with US citizen.So they accused him of working and held him at airport for two days.So he then explained that yes he was planing to switch to student visa and that he made a deal with sponsor to help with kids and clean house and sponsor pay his school.He did not know that would be considered "work".


So they said that is considered work and he was not suppose to work on tourist nor student visa.So they put a ban for 3 years entering the US and sent him back on next flight to his country.


Now all of this happened 7 years ago.Since then he actually went to Afghanistan and Iraq to help US military.He worked and lived on US military base for 3 years.He was considered a contractor from another country so he did not need any approval in terms of visa from the US.He went there through some organization that helps  US military. 


Currently he lives in Dubai and works for the airline.This is a very dear friend of mine,I want to know if you guys think if he applies for tourist visa now,does he have a chance of getting it?


I live in States and I am green card holder.I really want him to come visit.Since he has a job and lives in Dubai he would come visit only for two weeks max.


But we are not sure if they will approve his visa because of the past.


Let me know if anyone had experience applying for visa after ban.




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No one can tell you for sure; considering his employment with the US military, he seems trusted by at least part of the government.  I think his chances are decent, but it is certainly not guaranteed.

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No one here can say. His work with USM could work in favor, but previous denial might hurt. Who says he won't go for a change of status again; did you hear about the first female afghan air force pilot training in the US who claimed asylum last month? 


Your green card has nothing to do with your friend's tourist visa. He applies and finds out? 

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