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Petition-New non-immigrant visa type needed for spouses married to expats!

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Hi Everyone,

After trying and trying to get a US tourist visa for my wife (South African) I created an online petition to bring awareness to this issue.

I spoke with the consulate again today, and they basically told me my wife will be denied a tourist visa because being married to an American makes it difficult to prove she doesn't have intent to immigrate. We could apply for a green card, but that would be a flat out lie since we are happily living abroad. Also, I would likely need to move to the US to establish residency first. Like I said before, we don’t want to live in the US, just visit.

I'm not sure if this petition will work or help, but I am so frustrated that I had to do something.

If you are an expat with a non-US spouse then please sign! If you can see the injustice here, then sign!

I’m interested to hear if there are others in this situation. I have heard that even people from visa waiver countries have a hard time visiting once they marry a US citizen.

If you share our frustration please sign!


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There has been lots of petitions over the years.

Has your wife even applied for a tourist visa? Why even create a petition for something that hasn't even happened to you yet?

It sounds like your wife has lots of ties to SA, if that is the case, why not simply apply for a tourist visa. Lots of people visit during this process. So much so that there is a Wiki called "YES YOU CAN VISIT"

good luck

August 12, 2008 - petition sent
August 16, 2008 - NOA-1
February 10, 2009 - NOA-2

February 13, 2009 - NVC case number assigned
March 12, 2009 - Case Complete

May 4, 2009

May, 26, 2009

POE - June 20, 2009 Toronto - Atlanta, GA

Removal of Conditions
Filed - April 14, 2011
Biometrics - June 2, 2011 (early)
Approval - November 9, 2011


April 29, 2013 - NOA1 for petition received

September 10, 2013 Interview - decision could not be made.

April 15, 2014 APPROVED. Wait for oath ceremony


September 29, 2015 - sent letter to senator.

October 16, 2015 - US Citizen

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You can demonstrate a lack of immigrant intent by showing that you - the US citizen - are indeed an expat and have your primary residence in your wife's country. You should not have a problem getting a tourist visa for her. Makes no sense that the consulate would tell you otherwise. Good Luck!

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