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Hello,

I'm new to this website. I'm in a really difficult situation at the moment, I would really appreciate any advice or help.

 

I met my (online) boyfriend 5 years ago, on a dating website. I'm 27 and he's 32. I'm a permanent resident of Saudi Arabia (I live under my father's sponsorship/visa) and a Pakistani national. He's US citizen, from Nebraska. 

 

I want to apply for a B2 visa, but I'm skeptical as I have read various posts on this website suggesting I should not disclose this information during my interview. 

Now my sole intention is to go see him, come back and apply for a K1 visa. I want to be honest during my interview as I'm not good at making up stories, but at the same time I don't want to be denied a chance to see someone I love. 

 

I've worked as a teacher in the past, I quit my job in 2015. So I'm unemployed at the moment. I do have my savings, but as things go in Saudi, I don't have a bank account so I will be relying on my father's sponsorship. My family is financially well off. My entire immediate family lives in KSA, and we haven't been to our country of origin in past 15 years. Do you guys this will be considered as strong ties to my country of residence? As I'm under my father's sponsorship, I can't leave without my father's permission, and if I don't return my current permanent resident permit will be cancelled and I'll be banned from entering KSA for God know how many years. I think it's a pretty good reason to return. 

 

Do you guys think I have a chance? Or they'll send me back as soon as they hear about my boyfriend? Because I understand my situation is unusual, but I don't think they will give me a chance to explain my situation. :( 

 

We could meet in another country and apply for K1 visa, but unfortunately my boyfriend can't take another vacation this year and I really don't want to wait another year because the distance is already starting to strain our relationship. :( 

 

Help! 

 

 

ZJ

 

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tell the truth. you want to visit your long time Internet boyfriend to see where thing go. telling half truths only causes problems down the line.

 

it is not unusual to meet someone online and then want to visit them.

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First, good luck!

 

You don't have to disclose a boyfriend on any forms, but I can almost guarantee they will ask your purpose for going to the US. Saying "to visit a friend" or similar will almost certainly result in "Boyfriend?" being the next question. So you don't need to volunteer the info, but be ready to be asked about it. Be honest and upfront. Do NOT lie under any circumstance as that is a quick path to both a denial and a misrepresentation (permanent but technically waivable) bar on any future visa. Plus, your timeline for your K-1 visa attempt later wouldn't match up. Lies beget more lies. Just be honest - you're not doing anything wrong by wanting to visit a boyfriend, and many people do this.

 

While KSA has a very low refusal rate for tourist visas, Pakastani nationals have quite a high refusal rate worldwide (just under 50% last fiscal year). It will be difficult, but the only thing to lose - as long as you're honest - is the $160 application fee. My fiancee worked in KSA and applied for a tourist visa, and is a Filipino national (also with a high refusal rate, albeit not nearly as high as Pakastani nationals).

 

As for your particulars, you do have a few minor ties, but the lack of a current job and being able to afford it yourself would make me (if I were a CO) concerned. I don't see strong ties personally. I think the chances are low (sorry!), but it's worth trying still.

 

The other thing to consider for the future...only meeting once before applying for a K-1 is likely to raise a lot of scrutiny. Be sure to gather lots of evidences together when you are there and then send it with your I-129F when the time comes. I highly, highly suggest multiple visits. I understand it's hard to meet elsewhere due to work and such, but spending ~$1000+ and 6-8 months of your life on the visa process without being fully ready for it is worse.

 

Best wishes!

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One more thing to the OP-  I wish you well in your journey.  I certainly don't want to discourage you, but I was trying to be realistic.  Demonstrating strong ties to resident country is critical in every B2 visa case.  Lying to the officers will often result in very serious consequences.

Good Luck!  Please keep us informed....

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59 minutes ago, missileman said:

One more thing to the OP-  I wish you well in your journey.  I certainly don't want to discourage you, but I was trying to be realistic.  Demonstrating strong ties to resident country is critical in every B2 visa case.  Lying to the officers will often result in very serious consequences.

Good Luck!  Please keep us informed....

I understand what you're saying, and that's why I'm hesitant to apply. I don't plan on lying during the interview. I don't have any other reason to visit US nor do I want to ruin my chances of getting a K1 visa in the future if we do meet in another country. Thank you.

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2 minutes ago, Zj88 said:

I understand what you're saying, and that's why I'm hesitant to apply. I don't plan on lying during the interview. I don't have any other reason to visit US nor do I want to ruin my chances of getting a K1 visa in the future if we do meet in another country. Thank you.

If you don't apply, your chances are 0%.  Your goal should be to convince the officers that you will return to your country after the visit......while being completely truthful, of course.

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1 hour ago, geowrian said:

First, good luck!

 

You don't have to disclose a boyfriend on any forms, but I can almost guarantee they will ask your purpose for going to the US. Saying "to visit a friend" or similar will almost certainly result in "Boyfriend?" being the next question. So you don't need to volunteer the info, but be ready to be asked about it. Be honest and upfront. Do NOT lie under any circumstance as that is a quick path to both a denial and a misrepresentation (permanent but technically waivable) bar on any future visa. Plus, your timeline for your K-1 visa attempt later wouldn't match up. Lies beget more lies. Just be honest - you're not doing anything wrong by wanting to visit a boyfriend, and many people do this.

 

While KSA has a very low refusal rate for tourist visas, Pakastani nationals have quite a high refusal rate worldwide (just under 50% last fiscal year). It will be difficult, but the only thing to lose - as long as you're honest - is the $160 application fee. My fiancee worked in KSA and applied for a tourist visa, and is a Filipino national (also with a high refusal rate, albeit not nearly as high as Pakastani nationals).

 

As for your particulars, you do have a few minor ties, but the lack of a current job and being able to afford it yourself would make me (if I were a CO) concerned. I don't see strong ties personally. I think the chances are low (sorry!), but it's worth trying still.

 

The other thing to consider for the future...only meeting once before applying for a K-1 is likely to raise a lot of scrutiny. Be sure to gather lots of evidences together when you are there and then send it with your I-129F when the time comes. I highly, highly suggest multiple visits. I understand it's hard to meet elsewhere due to work and such, but spending ~$1000+ and 6-8 months of your life on the visa process without being fully ready for it is worse.

 

Best wishes!

Thank you! I'll definitely gather lots of evidence if we do meet in another country. I have to go through a lot trouble from my family just to be able to travel, so I'm not taking this lightly. 

 

I will be starting a new job in a month or so but then again, a new job won't help either. I'm in a really  lose-lose situation here I guess. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, f f said:

tell the truth. you want to visit your long time Internet boyfriend to see where thing go. telling half truths only causes problems down the line.

 

it is not unusual to meet someone online and then want to visit them.

I meant unusual for a Muslim girl from KSA to visit a boyfriend in the US. 

I do want to be honest, but will I be given a chance to explain my situation? 

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