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My previous tourist visa I used extensively (about 7 times in one year) for short trips one week to the longest being four weeks was cancelled as it got damaged. Every entry the information I gave was exactly the truth - work reported as that and personal as that. Even the one for the wedding I informed accordingly - was always let through and I always left as per my original flight booking.

Visa was cancelled due to damage and new one was refused and that stage hubby was looking at moving to Dubai to join me as we had started another new business apart from the ones we have. However, due to my B1/B2 cancellations I was unable to pursue that business as my travelling to the US for sourcing was mandatory for that. Fashion related and I had to be there. We lost a lot of money and now we have decided that I will move to the US. Still pursuing existing business and will sell it once my visa comes through.

I would like to visit the US a couple of times before my I-130 is done:

1. I have lost the connection with step kids and its become upsetting as they are fast growing up... they won't come on Skype for more than 1 min

2. My parents in-law are not keeping well and deteriorating...

3. Want to be with hubby for his birthday/ Christmas New Year

When I was denied B1/B2 replacement - we had no intention of wrapping up where I am and had then just invested even more in now sunk costs

Since that application was denied we have filed for I-130 about 3 months later and hopefully will get NoA2 soon

I know no one can predict how a new application will go but.... I have two options. A New European passport is in process for me. Is it better I wait for that and take a chance with visa on arrival (of course will declare all past arrivals and one rejection) or just apply again on current Indian passport.

I know I have a higher risk being sent back when I go for the visa on arrival route - but I really want to take a chance to see the kids/inlaws and although hubby flies here to see me - I always want to see him.

Which is a better option? New B1/B2 application or wait for European passport.

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I don't think it matters which passport you use.

Because you're still you. Even with a different passport.

With European passport I assume I don't need to apply for visa in advance...

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Filed: Citizen (pnd) Country: Pakistan
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With European passport I assume I don't need to apply for visa in advance...

You would need a valid ESTA in advance.....that can be denied


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Married December 19, 2014

I-130 Petition sent January 14, 2015
NOA1 date January 20, 2015 (NSC)

NOA2 date May 28, 2015 :dance::dance::dance:

Mailed to NVC June 4, 2015

NVC Received June 10, 2015

NVC Case Number Assigned June 23, 2015

NVC AoS Invoice via Mail June 24, 2015

NVC Selected Agent Over Phone June 30, 2015 (Unable to logon to CEAC)

NVC IV Invoice via email received July 1, 2015

NVC AoS/IV Package Mailed July 2, 2015

NVC AoS & IV Fee Paid Online (CEAC is working) July 6. 2015

NVC Document Scan Date July 6, 2015

NCV AoS & IV Fee marked as paid in CEAC July, 7 2015

NVC DS 260 Completed July 8, 2015

NVC CC July 30, 2015 (24 days after scan date, about 2 months post NOA2)

Interview Scheduled on August 26, 2015

Interview P4 Email Received August 27, 2015

Medical in Islamabad September 2, 2015

Interview Date September 22, 2015 CANCELLED (Embassy is Over scheduled) :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Interview Scheduled on September 10, 2015

Interview Date October 14, 2015 APPROVED

Visa Issued October 16, 2015, 9 months start to finish

POE JFK October 26, 2015

GC in Hand Jan 8, 2016

RoC I-751 NOA1 August 31, 2017 (Vermont Service Center)

Biometrics October 2, 2017

I551 Stamp in Passport August 2, 2018

18 Month Extension Letter August 3, 2018

Applied for Naturalization N-400 Online July 30, 2018

Biometrics August 23, 2018

10 year GC is in production September 17, 2018

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Ireland
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********* Moving from CR-12 spousal visa to Tourist visa as question is about that **********

If with the "visa on arrival" you mean ESTA/ the Visa Waiver Program, you would need to declare the rejection when you fill in the online form, and you would almost certainly be rejected for the VWP then. There is nothing wrong with trying again for a B2 tourist visa, but your chances of getting one are small. Still, if you have the money, worth a try.


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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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Thank you all. Will apply again anyway and take a chance - I don't think it negatively will affect my I-130 even if rejected as I just want to see family.

Terrible question and I don't want to type it even but I always fear if something tragic were to happen like one of my in-laws passing or getting to the last stage - are there chances that they grant tourist visa in those circumstances at least. My husband is close to his parents and I know he will be broken and he will need me...

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Thank you all. Will apply again anyway and take a chance - I don't think it negatively will affect my I-130 even if rejected as I just want to see family.

Terrible question and I don't want to type it even but I always fear if something tragic were to happen like one of my in-laws passing or getting to the last stage - are there chances that they grant tourist visa in those circumstances at least. My husband is close to his parents and I know he will be broken and he will need me...

Up to the visa officer at that time.

This one can :)

just don't like putting too many details on public forum...

You live in the UAE, hubby in the US, India passport, but VWP country is "too public"? lmao


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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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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I read an article about Malta selling citizenship and remember your previous posts.


“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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I read an article about Malta selling citizenship and remember your previous posts.

Selling/buying citizenship?!?! Which previous post do you remember the one's where I reported posts of some citizenship selling to admin??

I hope this was not a judgemental post!

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Brazil
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To clarify, you don't get visas on arrival in the US (except for Canadians). You'd have to apply for ESTA with your new VWP passport, and you'd probably get denied before ever setting foot in the US.

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To clarify, you don't get visas on arrival in the US (except for Canadians). You'd have to apply for ESTA with your new VWP passport, and you'd probably get denied before ever setting foot in the US.

This was already clarified before by others. My denial I guess is not as sure shot as you make it - some one else was more to the point saying its up to the visa office.

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You cannot have an Indian passport and a foreign one; hope you realize you have to renounce Indian citizenship when you acquire a European one.


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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You cannot have an Indian passport and a foreign one; hope you realize you have to renounce Indian citizenship when you acquire a European one.

Yes am aware - hence never took the European one even though my father has it. Got papers together to apply now and will get it in a month if I do - but don't want any more delay in my I-130 because of change nationality.

Given it won't really help me visit either. I will just apply for B1/B2 again - given changed circumstances when last applied and hope.

Will bother with the European one only after my green card perhaps - if not too complex.

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