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Very fresh post from famous attorney's company here

http://blog.visarefusal.com/

"US Embassy in Moscow “Resets” Visa Policy to 1990s"... Posted on May 9, 2012.

This is to answer people who said it was "easy" embassy.

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I call BS on some of this. My SO got a tourist visa, and was given the option to extend it to two years, but he chose not to since we both assumed he'd have a spousal visa to the US by then and thus no need for a tourist visa. The interview for him was real easy; he took loads of evidence... and they only asked for a letter from his employer and his passport. That was it.

However, I would like to know what happened to the supposed easy-breezy DCF interviews in Moscow? Because mine was very... I came home and started bawling.

Other than that, it's all been good. Emails get answered quickly, and when I call the USCIS they respond with great info. I think this blog is a lot of... paranoia. Hell even their "about" page has nothing on it. Don't see why you call them "famous".

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1.They handle many cases when you have only your own.

2.Read all posts, they have numbers/statistics too.

3.District Court of California decided that consular officers at the Embassy breached their duty, and ordered the officers

to make decisions. Besides acknowledging the rights of foreign visa applicants to bring a lawsuit

in a U.S. court, the court recognized the rights of American companies petitioning for employees

to bring such actions as well. The case represents the first time that Russian visa applicants

have successfully sued the Embassy in Moscow. White & Associates served as counsel for plaintiffs in this lawsuit.

A District Court in California grants mandamus against the U.S. Embassy in Moscow in an immigrant visa case,

finding that 4 years is an unreasonable time for an application to be pending and that a U.S. petitioner

has standing to bring a mandamus action against an overseas consulate in a visa application case. Courtesy of Kenneth White.

http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=16767

4.Create a topic of fans if you wish, this place is for people who suffer from problems.

Good luck and best wishes in bringing your husband to USA.

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Some of it seems just wrong, you do not get a second free interview anywhere.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Some of it seems just wrong, you do not get a second free interview anywhere.

Depends - our second interview with a re-affirmation almost 1 year after our first interview had no fee. I even brought it up to the CO, the fee was waived...technically the same case therefore no additional fee for the interview. Totally different circumstance than what is outlined in this blog but still shocked me that they didn't request the fee again.

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He was talking about Visitor Visa's.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Tell us why you seem to have such a huge problem with the Moscow embassy? You list your country as Romania, so, since you want to convince us it's a horrible embassy, share with us why. Because that post is for tourists visas. I'd like to see stories about immigrant visas.

Also, I've NEVER heard of anyone saying that Moscow is easy for tourist visas. It's always been easy for K1's and immigrant visas, according to folks.

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Tell us why you seem to have such a huge problem with the Moscow embassy? You list your country as Romania, so, since you want to convince us it's a horrible embassy, share with us why. Because that post is for tourists visas. I'd like to see stories about immigrant visas.

Also, I've NEVER heard of anyone saying that Moscow is easy for tourist visas. It's always been easy for K1's and immigrant visas, according to folks.

Trust me, I have right to use this flag as Russian too. As trust me I had to deal with Moscow embassy for family visa. How you got decision about easy embassy with few folks on RUB forum who actually have women from Belarus or Ukraine?

That attorney's company is holding different cases.

Watch http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=16767

There was petition-based case. Not one interview, not once medical exam again, not once to pay fees again. 4 years totally on-hold, just to keep people's lives in limbo land.

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Amy, I'm sorry that you got your a very bad experience in Moscow embassy, this is your topic, right?

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/366047-horrible-interview-how-to-fix-it/page__p__5349586#entry5349586

Your words "Horrible interview"?

And you still keep pleasant memories after you were grilled there? That was easiest DCF process, by the way. And your man was not alone there, with you. You cann't imagine how they talk without US citizen in same case.

Your posts here are opposite your own experience, something is wrong.

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Amy, I'm sorry that you got your a very bad experience in Moscow embassy, this is your topic, right?

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/366047-horrible-interview-how-to-fix-it/page__p__5349586#entry5349586

Your words "Horrible interview"?

And you still keep pleasant memories after you were grilled there? That was easiest DCF process, by the way. And your man was not alone there, with you. You cann't imagine how they talk without US citizen in same case.

Your posts here are opposite your own experience, something is wrong.

It was a real bad interview, but I had a few things that made me a not so easy DCF case. I had a previous I-129F petition. I haven't known my fiance for that long, and lived with him two days after I met, and I also married him very recently, so I would be grilled anyway. Also, because of language, he said some words wrong and the CO misunderstood him, but we sent them the documents required, and I called the embassy and they said they've already made their decision and I'll get the letter next week. I think it'll be approved because I've very rarely heard of I-130's being denied unless it's exceptional circumstances, and the wording the guy used was that it was a final decision and not an RFE/NOID letter.

I'm not disagreeing with you that it was a very horrible embassy. And given some things I've seen in the RUB forums over now requiring the petitioner over here for K1 visas, I think they're getting more difficult. But one thing's non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas. I've never heard of a country where it's easy to get a tourist visa that isn't in the VWP. And given the amount of "Russian bride" scammers, I'd expect them to be weird about K-1s where the people haven't had much in person contact or worse there is a language barrier. And that mandamus thing you cite is from 2005, yet the blog says these changes have been happening since 2009. Again, it's a horrible case, but it seems to be an exception and not a rule. Moscow still isn't Lagos or some Middle Eastern consulate where so many applicants get AP.

If you're able to provide details of what happened to you/your family member, it'd be helpful. You can't hate this consulate without reason and I'm very curious to know. Given my experience I'm disappointed in it too but not hate it as much as you seem to.

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It was a real bad interview, but I had a few things that made me a not so easy DCF case. I had a previous I-129F petition. I haven't known my fiance for that long, and lived with him two days after I met, and I also married him very recently, so I would be grilled anyway. Also, because of language, he said some words wrong and the CO misunderstood him, but we sent them the documents required, and I called the embassy and they said they've already made their decision and I'll get the letter next week. I think it'll be approved because I've very rarely heard of I-130's being denied unless it's exceptional circumstances, and the wording the guy used was that it was a final decision and not an RFE/NOID letter.

I'm not disagreeing with you that it was a very horrible embassy. And given some things I've seen in the RUB forums over now requiring the petitioner over here for K1 visas, I think they're getting more difficult. But one thing's non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas. I've never heard of a country where it's easy to get a tourist visa that isn't in the VWP. And given the amount of "Russian bride" scammers, I'd expect them to be weird about K-1s where the people haven't had much in person contact or worse there is a language barrier. And that mandamus thing you cite is from 2005, yet the blog says these changes have been happening since 2009. Again, it's a horrible case, but it seems to be an exception and not a rule. Moscow still isn't Lagos or some Middle Eastern consulate where so many applicants get AP.

If you're able to provide details of what happened to you/your family member, it'd be helpful. You can't hate this consulate without reason and I'm very curious to know. Given my experience I'm disappointed in it too but not hate it as much as you seem to.

Everyone seems to forget that the VOs may well be less inclined to be overly generous because of the fraud perpetrated against the embassy over the years...do any of you honestly believe that every Russian applicant is bona fide, just because some high priced, self appointed attorney says so? Attorneys whine whenever VOs don't buy what they're selling...and thousands of bogus applicants from Russia have only made it tougher for the honest ones...it is not the fault of the VOs as a group...

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Everyone seems to forget that the VOs may well be less inclined to be overly generous because of the fraud perpetrated against the embassy over the years...do any of you honestly believe that every Russian applicant is bona fide, just because some high priced, self appointed attorney says so? Attorneys whine whenever VOs don't buy what they're selling...and thousands of bogus applicants from Russia have only made it tougher for the honest ones...it is not the fault of the VOs as a group...

I actually understand the reasons behind it and that's why, while I was disappointed, I kinda shrugged it off and said "It's normal", and when I go back to it, the interview wasn't as bad, he asked things I would've asked if I'd been him. It's their job. Heck I want to be a consular officer one day so I should take all of this as a preview. Of course having a job where people lie to you every single day to scam your country will make you more cynical and suspicious of others. I'm just really curious as to why the OP is so hellbent on getting everyone to despise this consulate, because in general I've heard they're not bad, and even with my difficult interview, they've been very polite to me, answer my questions quickly, and have been understanding.

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I actually understand the reasons behind it and that's why, while I was disappointed, I kinda shrugged it off and said "It's normal", and when I go back to it, the interview wasn't as bad, he asked things I would've asked if I'd been him. It's their job. Heck I want to be a consular officer one day so I should take all of this as a preview. Of course having a job where people lie to you every single day to scam your country will make you more cynical and suspicious of others. I'm just really curious as to why the OP is so hellbent on getting everyone to despise this consulate, because in general I've heard they're not bad, and even with my difficult interview, they've been very polite to me, answer my questions quickly, and have been understanding.

The only problem I have with them; is that I the petitioner, was not allowed to attend my fiancees interview. You know, to provide support for her and address any possible questions or concerns. Still waiting in limbo two weeks later, after submitting requested information on the 221g.

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If you're able to provide details of what happened to you/your family member, it'd be helpful. You can't hate this consulate without reason.

Second interview and second AP without papers asked and without any update again. No crimes from both sides, no marriages, no overstay visa's. Looking for spies, I guess.:-)

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