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Questions for B2 Visa Interview in Cairo

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Dear VJs,

This is my first post, and I hope you can help me out.

I would like to apply for a B2 Tourist visa for my wife and kid in Cairo.

I am worried as I am a USC, but I have been living in Egypt since I was a kid and all my family are in Egypt. I have never been to the US like 20 years ago.

My wife has a government job, has a car and owns an apartment.

She has travelled 3 time to Europe, and had two schengen visas (the current one will expire in mid August)

I will be the one to pay for the trip, so I will provide my bank statement and HR letter (next to hers).

I have several questions:

- Am I allowed to accompany her in the interview?

- Is the interview in English or Arabic? Is the interviewer a US or Egyptian person?

- Do you recommend to take any additional supporting documents?

- Finally, do you see hope to get the Visa or will it be waste of money? Any similar experiences?

Thanks in advance.

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It will be the waste of money. The fact that you are a US citizen though not living currently in US, your wife will be denied a visitor visa.


Spouse:

2015-06-16: I-130 Sent

2015-08-17: I-130 approved

2015-09-23: NVC received file

2015-10-05: NVC assigned Case number, Invoice ID & Beneficiary ID

2016-06-30: DS-261 completed, AOS Fee Paid, WL received

2016-07-05: Received IV invoice, IV Fee Paid

2016-07-06: DS-260 Submitted

2016-07-07: AOS and IV Package mailed

2016-07-08: NVC Scan

2016-08-08: Case Complete

2017-06-30: Interview, approved

2017-07-04: Visa in hand

2017-08-01: Entry to US

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Myself:

2016-05-10: N-400 Sent

2016-05-16: N-400 NOA1

2016-05-26: Biometrics

2017-01-30: Interview

2017-03-02: Oath Ceremony

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- Am I allowed to accompany her in the interview?
NO
- Is the interview in English or Arabic? Is the interviewer a US or Egyptian person?
Either
- Do you recommend to take any additional supporting documents?
Any docs that show ties to home country
- Finally, do you see hope to get the Visa or will it be waste of money? Any similar experiences?

Wont know until you try. Be aware Egypt is classified as a 'high fraud' country.


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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It will be the waste of money. The fact that you are a US citizen though not living currently in US, your wife will be denied a visitor visa.

That is not necessarily true, each case is different. There is no blanket denial or approval for this situation. The wife appears to have decent employment and a solid travel record and she owns property, three of the important things they look for that establish ties to your home country.

Edited by Teddy B

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Thanks for all the replies.

I am planning to accompany my wife and kid in this trip. The plan is to have a 2 weeks holiday in the US (Visiting Disney is our first choice at the moment).

No reservations or booking is done so far. I will wait for the VISA to do so. Any issues with this approach?

I will write in the DS160, the address to visit, an hotel nearby Disney without specific complete address (since no actual booking is done yet). Any better way to do so?

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The problem is it is Egypt and nothing you can do about that. Let us know how it goes.


“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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Save your money and time , we went through same situation and we lost the application fees $480 + nonrefundable tickets = $3200

My US husband booked the tickets for us and paid the application fees and during the interview I took all documents papers that proved I would come back after my visit is over : My apartment contract , bank statement , a letter from my workplace and how much I get paid , I have a very good well paid job , the CO is American ,very rude , he can also speak Arabic . He did not look at any of my documents , the moment he heard that my husband is US citizen he denied my visa telling me that my ties in America are much stronger than my ties here.and visiting visa is not the one for me.

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Visa first, ticket second, to be fair does say on the Consulate web sites.


“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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Consular officers make decisions based on evidence available to them. Never take concrete steps before a visa is issued. You can make tentative plans but embassy does not ask to see paid tickets or hotel reservations during interview.


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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Update for the topic.

We were lucky enough and my wife and kid received 5 years visa. Thanks God!

The interview was quite nice and the CO was most concerned about me (the US citizen), and also asked why my kid is not a citizen as well.

We had a stack of documents prepared, he looked at none of them. Only checked the passports and asked few questions.

Now, I hope everything goes well and we experience no problems at POE.

Edited by amrusc

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If the USC spouse has very strong ties to the country in which everyone is living (which, from what the OP write, sounds like such a situation), then the outcome is not necessarily that bleak. In these circumstances, oddly, it is the ties the USC has to the foreign country in which he or she is living that can make the difference!

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Update for the topic.

We were lucky enough and my wife and kid received 5 years visa. Thanks God!

The interview was quite nice and the CO was most concerned about me (the US citizen), and also asked why my kid is not a citizen as well.

We had a stack of documents prepared, he looked at none of them. Only checked the passports and asked few questions.

Now, I hope everything goes well and we experience no problems at POE.

Congrats! Just goes to show that not all situations are the same. Enjoy your trip!

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