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Hello! I am a newly-registered member of this forum, but I have been browsing it for months. I am planning to visit my boyfriend this December and I need your guidance. I had been busy with my work, but hopefully, it is not too late to schedule an interview.

I am 26 y/o and I work as a Regional Internal Auditor at a firm with offices across Southeast Asia. I have traveled to these offices as part of my work. My boyfriend's a Forensic Scientist in MD and we have been together for more than a year. He's been in the Philippines thrice, so I thought of visiting him on his birthday and spending the Holidays there. I plan to stay there for 3 weeks.

I have read the requirements for B-2 visa and I understand that there's a presumption of immigrant intent. I guess this is more apparent with my case because I am a woman visiting her boyfriend, even when I had no intention of defrauding Immigration. What bothers me is how I can prove my ties to my home country.

This is what I have so far:

1. Proof of purpose of visit: A letter from my boyfriend inviting me to come in December.

2. Proof that I plan to remain for a specific, limited period: Letter from my employer indicating my salary, the fact that management is aware that I will be on leave and that I will come back at a specific date

My questions:

3. Evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States - I will be paying for my fare but I will be staying at my boyfriend's house. Thus, I will only have incidental expenses in the US. What evidence can I have then? I have read that an Affidavit of Support will not help, so I don't know what document to present to prove there will be available funds for my trip.

4. Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad - I don't have real, immovable properties. I only have savings account, payroll account, and a US$ time deposit. My parents, and my brother and his family live here in the Philippines. I have asked them if they have the title of the land on which they live, but they don't have any.

5. That they have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties that will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit - Can billing statements prove my residencd? I am renting an apartment where the landlord does not issue contracts, and I don't think it is a registered business either. I have been living there for a year.

As you can see, I have no clue if what I have is enough, considering number 3 to 5. I will appreciate any help you can provide me. Sorry for the wall of text, I just felt like I had to go in detail.

Thank you so much!

Maria

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Most unusual for additional documentation to be requested. No harm taking what you have and you only have what you have.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Being a young single pinay with a US boyfriend, your chances of getting a tourist visa are near zero. Save your money and file for a K-1.

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No one can give you exact answer if you could pass the interview. You will find out at the interview. Be honest and straightforward. Good luck.


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Filed: Country: Philippines
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Being a young single pinay with a US boyfriend, your chances of getting a tourist visa are near zero. Save your money and file for a K-1.

I will only be visiting for his birthday and the Holidays, not to get married. May you explain to me why you thought the chances will be zero? I have a job here that pays really well, and the rest of my family is here. I will also start teaching at the University again. What do you think the officers will have as reason then? Thank you for answering.

Thank you for your replies too, Boiler and NancyNguyen. :)

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I will only be visiting for his birthday and the Holidays, not to get married. May you explain to me why you thought the chances will be zero? I have a job here that pays really well, and the rest of my family is here. I will also start teaching at the University again. What do you think the officers will have as reason then? Thank you for answering.

Thank you for your replies too, Boiler and NancyNguyen. :)

Because the officers HAVE to assume that all people will stay until they prove otherwise.

Unfortunately for you there have been too many young ladies from your country and others who have gone to 'visit' their boyfriends and never left. And of course in the spirit of equality, many men from around the world have done the same too.

But people do get approved sometimes so the only way to find out is to apply and see.


August 2000: We start e-mailing. I'm in Bosnia, she's in Florida

October 29th 2000: She sends me e-mail asking if I would marry her

October 29th 2000(5 seconds later): I say yes

November 2000: She sends me tickets to Orlando for when I get back

December 6th 2000: Return from Bos

December 11th 2000: Fly to Orlando, she meets me at airport

December 22nd 2000: I fly back to UK

January 3rd 2001: She flies to UK (Good times)

Mid February 2001: Pregnancy test Positive

Mid February 2001: She flies back to US

March 2001: Miscarriage, I fly to US on first flight I can get

May 2001: I leave US before my 90 days are up

June 2001: I fly back to US, stopped at airport for questioning as I had only just left

September 2001: Pregnancy test Positive again

September 2001: She falls sick, I make decision to stay to look after her as I am afraid I may have problems getting back in.

April 16th 2002: Our son is born, we start getting stuff together for his passport

March 6th 2003: We leave US for UK as family

Early April 2003: Family troubles make her return to US, I ask Embassy in London about possibilities of returning to US

April 16th 2003: London Embassy informs me that I will be banned from the Visa Waiver Program for 10 years, my little boys first birthday

June 13th 2006: I-129f sent

August 11th 2006: NOA1 Recieved

After our relationship breaks down she admits to me that she had never bothered to start the application process

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I will only be visiting for his birthday and the Holidays, not to get married. May you explain to me why you thought the chances will be zero? I have a job here that pays really well, and the rest of my family is here. I will also start teaching at the University again. What do you think the officers will have as reason then? Thank you for answering.

Thank you for your replies too, Boiler and NancyNguyen. :)

The reason would be insufficient ties to your home country. Having a job that pays well and also having all your family there will not help much to prove you will return home. You can always try though.


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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So much negativity. Many of the cases posted here may be dubious. Not all are.


“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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Filed: Country: Philippines
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I understand that my country is a high-risk place when it comes to visa fraud, and it saddens me that I have to experience all this dread applying when it normally shouldn't be the case. I guess what worries me is the fact that I can try and all, but I don't know what will happen if my application gets denied. I mean, I am scared that if they deny me now because of the reasons you stated above, they will always deny my subsequent applications. A K-1 visa is not applicable at this point. I really just thought of going there because he's been here thrice. I wanted to do the same for him.

Thank you for all your replies. I appreciate it a lot.

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I got a lot of the same forum answers when my wife got a B-2 visa with a CR-1 in progress. The interview was 3 minutes long and they didn't want to see anything. If you got $160 to blow you will either have a visa or have a denial that has no effect on you current case. Give it a try.

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As others advice, just give it a try. I have never applied tourist visa before because of the perception that single ladies like me mostly get denied. But my bf before, now my fiance, convinced me to try just try and don't expect too much and so I did. Luckily, I got approved! They never asked any docs (thank goodness, cos I don't have any assets just 10k in my bank account. haha). So just try..... Good luck!


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April 2 - USCIS received

April 9 - NOA1

May 6 - Biometrics

May 7 - Case is ready for interview

May 21 - Request for EAD expedite

May 26 - contact congressman for EAD expedite

June 1 - EAD card in production

June 2 - EAD approved

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As others advice, just give it a try. I have never applied tourist visa before because of the perception that single ladies like me mostly get denied. But my bf before, now my fiance, convinced me to try just try and don't expect too much and so I did. Luckily, I got approved! They never asked any docs (thank goodness, cos I don't have any assets just 10k in my bank account. haha). So just try..... Good luck!

I may need to PM you. Haha.

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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I will only be visiting for his birthday and the Holidays, not to get married. May you explain to me why you thought the chances will be zero? I have a job here that pays really well, and the rest of my family is here. I will also start teaching at the University again. What do you think the officers will have as reason then? Thank you for answering.

Thank you for your replies too, Boiler and NancyNguyen. :)

Sure, I can explain why based on my wife's experience before we decided to file for K-1. During our dating period, we thought it would be nice for her to visit the USA and spend a nice vacation in Walt Disney World. My wife had all the proof she needed to convince the CO she would come home like:

1. A very good job as a Quality Analyst Manager + a letter of designation she will return by her upper management

2. Bank account equal to $12,000 USD

3. House Ownership as well as a Convienience Store business she runs with her family

4. Strong active ties in her Church Comminity as a youth leader as well as strong family ties

5. University Registration for the Spring Semester (she had to finish 2 courses to complete her degree in the University of the Philippines)

6. Round trip plane tickets (which she purchased)

7. Hotel reservations in Walt Disney World

8. Restaurant Reservations in Walt Disney World

9. Full itenerary documented

10. History of travel to Japan (no overstay) and Singapore.

With a pretty decent amount of evidence that she needs to return home, that it was a vacation, and proof that she has returned home from places like Japan and Singapore, we thought her Visitor Visa would be easy peasy. Come the day of the interview the CO asked her three questions:

1. How old are you?

2. Have you ever been to the USA?

3. Are you married?

Upon answering "No," to question three, she was denied on the spot. Her denial letter stated that "she applied for the incorrect visa." Which was basically a vague way of telling her to apply for a K-1 visa.

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