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My fiance in Nigeria was denied a fiance visa saying that my dowry has been paid. I sent a email to the US consulate the same day. Here is a portion of the email:
My Fiance went for her visa interview scheduled for December 2, 2011, at 07:00 a.m. As you can tell by the interview she has truthfully answered all of your questions and that our relationship is valid. However, when the officer asked her if I paid a Dowry she told them yes and was denied a Fiance Visa because the officer said that under Nigerian custom once a dowry is paid then we are married.
We only did an engagement ceremony and not marriage. The officer is sending our petition back to the US to be reviewed for possible revocation. I know that dowry or bride price does not mean you are married. It is just part of the process. However, we are not sure that the Department of Homeland Security will see it that way. They say it could take up to 4 months for them to review the petition. This is not counting the weeks or months it could take the US Consulate in Nigeria to send it to the US. Has anyone heard of know of anyone who had this experience and what was the outcome?