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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Venezuela
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I have a question - we are currently in the process of getting my husband's status changed to permanent resident - he is at the biometrics appt stage. He is from Venezuela, and his family is still over there.

His mother has applied for a tourist Visa to come visit us - we don't know if his papers will be complete by that time, and it's sometimes hard to get a tourist Visa from the Venezuelan government, so i was just wondering if there is anything that would help them approve her Visa, such as us writing a letter requesting her to come over and including proof that we are married or something like that? Or is it something that we can't mess with and just have to wait and see what they say to her?

We really want her to be able to come and visit us, and we are nervous that they might say no because my husband has had some problems with them approving his Visas to come over here in the past, and knows a lot of people who have been denied.

Any advice would be appreciated!

THANK YOU!!!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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On the surface, the requirements tend to heavily involve the tourist's probability of returning. As such, it is crucial to provide indisputable evidence of ties to the home country, including a return ticket and actual or implied urgency (for example, a letter from a boss stating the date certain by which the traveler is expected back at work).

However, I have heard anecdotally but have no proof about THIS: It is necessary for the couple to be married for a year before relatives will be granted tourist visas to visit. My in-laws & sister-in-law paid three visa fees and traveled 14 hours by bus to Quito, carrying copious financial and stability evidence. The evidence was not reviewed, and the CO dismissed them after 3 minutes, saying "Well, maybe next time." The same happened to the mother-in-law of another VJer. Either there's an unwritten rule as I've surmised above, or we can be extremely ashamed of our country's treatment of our foreign relatives.

Others can perhaps comment. Please let us know what your mother-in-law is told.

Edited by TBoneTX

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Zambia
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You should write a letter of invitation, in which you promise to pay for all of her expenses while in the U.S. She needs to have that when she goes for the visa interview. There are no other issues at your end to worry about. At her end, she must provide proof of very strong reasons that she must return home after the visit -- home ownership, husband, steady job, bank accounts, etc. But the idea of providing a return ticket is questionable; she should not buy plane tickets until she is sure she has a visa.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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the idea of providing a return ticket is questionable; she should not buy plane tickets until she is sure she has a visa.
Ah, si man -- the exception being only if the tickets are fully (or palatably) refundable.

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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