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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Ghana

Hi all!

My fiancee is 3months pregnant and she is getting nervous about not being able to come over here before she has the baby. I am about two and a half month into the K1 process. She is wondering if we can start a tourist visa to try and get her here before she is too far along to fly which i believe is 7months. I think i remember reading somewhere that you cannot apply for these 2 different visa's at the same time but i need some proof for my wife. I am preparing for her to have the baby in ghana becuase of the time restraints but if there is another avenue i will take it. Thanks for any info. Pease keep us in our prayers.


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I doubt very much that she will be able to even get a B2.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Nigeria

Visas for anyone from west Africa are tough to get and to try as a pregnant woman is even tougher. They will probably think she is trying to come to have an anchor baby and deny her. But on another note. Be careful about mixing fiance and spouse/wife about. It can cause trouble at your interview if you or her throw the wife/husband/spouse word about. They may claim you are married and deny your fiance visa.

This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this.

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My best advice is for her to make plans to have the baby there. She can surround herself with family and friends to support her emotionally until she can go over to the US. I'm in the same situation. I'm almost 29 weeks pregnant and I will not have my visa on time. She may get her visa on time and if so, she can change her plans. But in the meantime, having an alternate plan can save her a lot of stress and grief. Best of luck to you guys.

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She in all probability will be denied a tourist visa. We were in a similar situation (no baby though). My fiancee already has a multiple entry B2 with 4 years remaining. On a trip back from visiting her, I asked the immigration official that let me back into the U.S. if she could travel, even though we were in the middle of the K-1 process. His answer was "Sure. If she has a valid visa." Great!, I thought, but I called the State Department anyway. I was told by a state department official that once a case number has been assigned she is in the system as an Intending Immigrant, and she would probably be denied entry. She went further to say that if she were just applying for a tourist visa now, with her intending Immigrant Status showing in the database, she would be flatly denied. She said "I know she has a tourist visa, but she will probably be treated the same, and be turned around at the port of entry. Do you want to take that risk?" I thanked her for her help and hung up the phone.

I know this info is "not quite official" because you can't find it anywhere on a gov. website, and it may seem a little gray, but the way I interpret your situation based on what I was told, you run the risk twice. Even if she were granted the visa, she is still at risk of being turned away at the port of entry and put on the next plane home. Probably a little too much stress for her and the baby.

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Hi Jay - a few things to think about and consider.

I don't know your financial situation or if it is a concern but just thought I'd bring up a few things to think about.

If she WAS able to come here on a tourist visa and had the baby here, I would assume there would be no provision available for her to have insurance. Do you have any idea what it costs to have a baby in a hospital in the good ole USA? This would have huge financial implications and create a tremendous amount of stress for you.

If she WAS able to come, she would HAVE to return home for the interview which is no cheap date either, and then turn around and fly back again after approval.

Visitor visas are very difficult to come by in Ghana (at least from all I have read).

There is nothing "legally" that prohibits a K-1 applicant to apply for a visitor visa during processing, however we all know that quite frequently they are denied, especially when dealing with certain countries as mentioned previously.

I wish you both the best and we will say some prayers for you for a healthy baby and a union of your family as soon as possible.

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