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Married and just want to visit. Tourist visa her only option?

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Filed: Timeline

I spent several days reading through the forum so I don't waste posters time but I'm still unsure of how I should proceed.

I want to take my wife (together five years, married one year) to visit my family in the US. The trip will be for less than a month and we have no intention of living in the US now or in the future.

From what I've read, it seems unlikely she would get a tourist visa and every non-tourist visa seems to require an affidavit of support which seemingly requires that we're going to be living in the US.

My questions:

Is it worth trying for a tourist visa?

Is there a better visa option us?

Wife:

41

Thai citizen and resident.

Has traveled to surrounding countries and Macau but no where else.

No minor children, one adult child finishing up her university degree.

No property. She sold her house a few years ago and moved in with me.

Owns two new cars. Has $15,000 in the bank. No debts.

No job or income for the last 4 years.

Speaks fluent English and is well educated.

Me:

US citizen.

Lived outside the US for 6 years and haven't been to the US in 5 years.

I can't show pay stubs as I'm self employed and semi-retired. I can show tax returns and bank accounts.

I own no property.

Thank you for your help.

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Germany
Timeline

Well if you're just wanting to visit and not wanting to move back home then the tourist visa is the only visa for your wife. It'd be a B-2 visa and with you living with her in her native country, her having so much money already in the bank and having property, etc. her chances are actually rather good considering it's one of the hardest visas to obtain. She'll be judged on her own merits, so invitation letters from you or your family in the US saying "we'll support her during her visit" will only do more harm than good, but as I said with her having a good chunk of money to support herself in the US for a month's visit she can show proof of that and have a good shot at being approved.

Update: I just saw where it said she's been unemployed for 4 years. Is she just considering herself a "housewife"?

Edited by Stressed Out

Myself: US citizen; Husband: German citizen

TransferWise Invitation Link: (first wire transfer is free) https://transferwise.com/u/eec50

(B-2 Journey):

 

 

-(then fiance) H-2B work visa application terminated due to qualification difficulties in Aug. 2010.

-(then fiance) B-2 tourist visa denied due to lack of strong ties to Germany in Sept. 2010.
-Third ESTA denied due to his suspiscious visa status on Oct. 15, 2012.
-B-2 tourist visa approved on Nov. 16, 2012!

 

(IR-1 Journey):

 

 

-Extended German residence permit obtained Aug. 23, 2014. (to qualify for DCF)

-Husband's new German passport picked up Aug. 28, 2014. (Old one expires 2015)

-I-130 packet sent to Frankfurt (DCF) Aug. 29, 2014!

-NOA1 issued Sept. 9, 2014 (received Sept.13)

-RFE regarding evidence of bona fide marriage received along with NOA1

-RFE reply packet sent to Frankfurt Sept. 30, 2014

-E-mail response (NOA2) received by USCIS Frankfurt on Oct. 23, 2014 (Petition APPROVED Oct. 20!!!) :dancing:

-Paper NOA2 received in the mail Oct. 29, 2014

-Case number assigned by IV unit Oct. 30, 2014 (Received by email Nov. 3)

-Paper "Packet 3" arrived in mail Nov. 4, 2014

-DS-260 and Document Delivery Registration submitted to Frankfurt Nov. 4, 2014

-Mailed in priority date request found on Packet 3 to IV Unit Nov. 5, 2014

-IV ("Packet 3") package sent to Frankfurt Nov. 17, 2014

-Medical completed by Frankfurt panel physician Nov. 17, 2014

-Received "Packet 4" via e-mail Nov. 20, 2014

-Interview booked for Dec. 3, 2014 (booked Nov. 21, 2014 after email authorization received)
-Visa approved, issued AND picked up by the courier all within 7 hours, Dec. 3, 2014
:dance:

-Visa packet arrived in the mail Dec. 4, 2014

-Visa packet had to be returned to Frankfurt for correction on Immigrant Data Summary sheet (wrong birthplace listed) Dec. 5, 2014

-Corrected visa packet received in the mail Dec. 11, 2014

-$165 Immigrant fee paid Dec. 11, 2014

-POE (through Dublin, Ireland) Jan. 18, 2015

-Registered manually for social security Jan. 27, 2015

-Social security card arrived within 2 weeks after applying in person/green card arrived within 30 days after entering U.S.

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
Timeline

Definitely worth a try- all they can say is No.

Bring as much proof that both she AND you will return abroad.


Bye: Penguin

Me: Irish/ Swiss citizen, and now naturalised US citizen. Husband: USC; twin babies born Feb 08 in Ireland and a daughter in Feb 2010 in Arkansas who are all joint Irish/ USC. Did DCF (IR1) in 6 weeks via the Dublin, Ireland embassy and now living in Arkansas.

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Filed: Timeline

Well if you're just wanting to visit and not wanting to move back home then the tourist visa is the only visa for your wife. It'd be a B-2 visa and with you living with her in her native country, her having so much money already in the bank and having property, etc. her chances are actually rather good considering it's one of the hardest visas to obtain. She'll be judged on her own merits, so invitation letters from you or your family in the US saying "we'll support her during her visit" will only do more harm than good, but as I said with her having a good chunk of money to support herself in the US for a month's visit she can show proof of that and have a good shot at being approved.

Update: I just saw where it said she's been unemployed for 4 years. Is she just considering herself a "housewife"?

Yes, she takes care of the house. Does some data entry for me but no formal employment. Part of taking care of the house is paying all the bills so she has a sent amount of money coming in each month, if that makes a difference.

In the 15 years before she met me she was a single mom and was self-employed, mostly as a shop owner.

Thank you both for your answers. I was worried trying for the B-2 visa was pointless. We'll put together all the documentation we can to prove her intent to return and give it try.

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