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Tourist visa from Jamaica - save money/time and not bother?

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Hi all,

I'm new on here and have been reading the boards for a short while. Met my boyfriend in August and just came back from visiting him 2 weeks ago. I also just made plans to visit again in February. In the meantime, I would love for him to come here and meet my family since I've met his. He has a grandmother and aunt that do not live far from my family so he would also get a chance to visit them.

He has no intentions of moving here (we have had many debates about this) and since we are still in the early stages of the relationship, there are no marriage/engagement plans yet. He has a job and also leases an apartment. All of his family except for the grandmother and aunt live in Jamaica. He has a bank account but not much savings.

Should we just save the time and money and not been apply for a visitors visa since it will probably be denied as soon as he steps up to the officer? Do most people just visit their significant other until they are engaged/married and then file for those visas?

Thanks in advance for responding.

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Hi all,

I'm new on here and have been reading the boards for a short while. Met my boyfriend in August and just came back from visiting him 2 weeks ago. I also just made plans to visit again in February. In the meantime, I would love for him to come here and meet my family since I've met his. He has a grandmother and aunt that do not live far from my family so he would also get a chance to visit them.

He has no intentions of moving here (we have had many debates about this) and since we are still in the early stages of the relationship, there are no marriage/engagement plans yet. He has a job and also leases an apartment. All of his family except for the grandmother and aunt live in Jamaica. He has a bank account but not much savings.

Should we just save the time and money and not been apply for a visitors visa since it will probably be denied as soon as he steps up to the officer? Do most people just visit their significant other until they are engaged/married and then file for those visas?

Thanks in advance for responding.

OP:

1/ It really boils down to simple economics. $160 to apply and find out if he'll be approved. It's a personal choice if it'll be a waste of your time and money.

2/ As for us, I (USC) did all the traveling to her country prior to our engagement/marriage.

I hope he gets the visa if he applies.

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Nothing tried nothing done. I would tell him to try.. The Kingston embassy has become alot more lenient with the requirements for tourist visas, I can't tell you the reason, but I know a lot of people who couldn't get it before have now been approved. Also sounds like he has ties to the country as well- his apartment lease and i'm guessing he probably has a stable job. Whatever else he might have that would aid in proving his ties to the JA would be great to bring as well.


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6/20/14- Married

8/29/14- Sent AOS Package

9/2/14- Delivered to Chicago lockbox

9/5/14- Received texts with receipt numbers, Online status updated for all four cases to " Acceptance" & " Initial review "

9/9/14- NOA1 hard copies received in mail

9/12/14- Biometrics letter recieved ( Date set for 9/22/14 )

9/15/14- Biometrics completed

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11/24/14- Welcome letter recieved

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10/05/16- Resent package

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Thanks for both of your responses. And you are right, lala...if we don't try, then we definitely won't get it. I have no problem visiting him so if we don't get it, it's ok. But if we do, even better. Thanks :)

Don't forget even if he gets the B2 visa, he will still need to convince the border officer in the US that he is there for a visit. So whatever he brings to the interview to prove his ties to Jamaica, he should also take to the border.


ROC from CR-1 visa (Green Card expiration date was Nov 24th 2016)

 

Link to the evidence I submitted. Be sure to send evidence spanning your entire marriage (especially for K-1) or as far back as you can. Just one or two bank statements will not cut it. I primarily focused on the two years of living here since I came in on a CR-1. If you don't have the fundamentals (i.e. joint accounts/policies), you can explain why in the covering letter. E.g. "While we do not have joint utilities, we both contribute to them from our joint bank account".

 

September 26th 2016: I-751 package sent to CSC

September 28th 2016: Package delivered
September 30th 2016: Check cashed
October 3rd 2016: NOA1 received with receipt date of 09/28/16
November 3rd 2016: Biometrics received with appointment date of 11/14/16.
November 14th 2016: Attended biometrics appointment
October 30th 2017: Infopass appointment to get I-551 stamp
February 26th 2018: I-751 case number (aka the NOA1 receipt number) becomes trackable
March 14th 2018: Submitted service request due to being outside of processing time.

March 15th 2018: ROC approved. 535 days (1 year, 5 months and 17 days)

March 29th 2018: Card being produced

April 4th 2018: Card mailed out

April 6th 2018: Card in hand. Has incorrect "resident since" date. Submitted service request on I-751 case (typographical error on permanent resident card) and an I-90 online.

April 2018 - August 7th 2018: Tons of service requests, emails and now senator involvement to get my corrected green card back because what the heck, USCIS. Also some time in May I sent a letter to Potomac telling them I want to withdraw my I-90 since CSC were handling it.

August 8th 2018: Card in production thanks to the direct involvement of Senator Sherrod Brown's team

August 13th 2018: Card mailed

August 15th 2018: Card in hand with correct date. :joy:

October 31st 2018: Potomac sends out a notice stating they have closed out my I-90 per my request. Yay for no duplicate card drama.

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Job letter (authentic) bank statement, lease contract,

school registration/classes (if it applies) community ties

& involvement showing he has a life that he will return to

and most of all convincing the CO he'll return home, I

have heard the Kingston Embassy have gotten easier , so

why not try....good luck

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