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Hello. I'm an American citizen (US-born) who fell in love with a Tibetan refugee while living in India. Now I'm back in the States and want to marry him and bring him here.

Tibetan refugees in India aren't given passports, they're given "refugee cards" and are rarely granted US Visas. I've thought about the Fiance-Visa, but because of his not having a passport, I thought that might be difficult.

It is possible that I go there, marry him and return to the US, but I don't know what Visa I should apply for.....I'm just starting to investigate this. I'm assuming it's not the usual process, but I could be wrong. Is there a phone number where people answers specific questions or am I wishful thinking?

:hehe:

My cousin used VJ when he and his Aussie wife got married and all went smoothly, sans lawyer!

Thanks!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: India
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Hello. I'm an American citizen (US-born) who fell in love with a Tibetan refugee while living in India. Now I'm back in the States and want to marry him and bring him here.

Tibetan refugees in India aren't given passports, they're given "refugee cards" and are rarely granted US Visas. I've thought about the Fiance-Visa, but because of his not having a passport, I thought that might be difficult.

It is possible that I go there, marry him and return to the US, but I don't know what Visa I should apply for.....I'm just starting to investigate this. I'm assuming it's not the usual process, but I could be wrong. Is there a phone number where people answers specific questions or am I wishful thinking?

:hehe:

My cousin used VJ when he and his Aussie wife got married and all went smoothly, sans lawyer!

Thanks!

I would start by contacting both the embassy in India and also an immigration attorney. You don't have to hire the attorney if you dont want to but I would go in for a consultation to see what they say.


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ethiopia
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Marrying him in India will not solve the problem since a passport is needed for both finance and spousal visas.

As a refugee, is he working with UNHCR or another organization? Perhaps someone there can assist him in documenting his status/obtaining a passport. A consult with an immigration attorney, catholic services would be a good start.

Also, I don't recall seeing any VJers from Tibet. But I'm sure there must be at least a few. Send them a PM.

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Hope this helps

http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country/IN.html

See section on "stateless persons"

"The Government of India issues an Identity Certificate or IC to many members of the Tibetan community living in India. The ICs are issued by the Regional Passport Office in New Delhi, which is the sole authorizing entity in all of India for this travel document. The IC is a valid travel document in which to place a U.S. visa and is valid for 10 years. ICs may also be issued to other stateless individuals in India. Older ICs were paper booklets with a pasted photograph; the latest version (produced since 2007) is yellow in color and bears a digital photo."


Obligatory disclaimer:  Not a lawyer.  Posts are written based on my own research and based on whatever information is provided.  Consult an immigration attorney regarding your specific case.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ecuador
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Before today, this thread was nearly 6 years old. Old thread closed to further comments.

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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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