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Hello. My K1 Visa is in process. I would like my parents to join me in wedding in US. I am applying for their B2 Visa from india. I got sponsor letter and invitation letter from In-Laws and they have an interview scheduled by Jan end. We have showed them only for tourism as some said theymight get rejected as their son is getting married OR does wedding gives more chance of getting visa approved? Both are 60+ retired having 2 properties in India and pension (only mom). Please advice should I be showing my wedding or just tourism? Thank You.


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There is no such thing as an invitation or sponsor letter for a b1/b2. This is a common practice in many countries, but not in the US. In fact, your letter will likely hinder their approval. Read the requirements. They must prove on their own, they can support themselves, they have strong ties to their home county and will return after the visit. 

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The likelihood of getting the visa depends on how well they can prove strong ties to India.  This is something they must do on their own.  A letter of support or an invitation can be detrimental to their chances.  This is a common misconception among Indian visitors as many Indian travel/immigration websites still promote supplying these letters.  They must show that they will return to India after their visit (having an immigrant relative who will financially support them in the US is NOT the way to do so). 




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No one can say with certainty whether the wedding is a hurting or a helping factor, though most would say it can be a hurting factor as it shows the applicant has family living in the US.


What matters is, as the others have stated, that they have strong ties to India so that they will return back and not stay in the US. The basic idea is just to have them apply and see what happens and they should answer all the questions 100% truthfully. Most likely the CO will not look at any supporting documents or further evidence at the interview. The two main deciding factors are the DS-160 application and the Q&A interview with the CO.


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The deciding factors in granting or denying the visitor visas are your parents' strong ties to India to overcome the legal presumption that they plan to immigrate.  The US Consulate are interested in the reasons for them to return home if granted visitor visas.


An invitation or sponsor letter will not help.  Anyone can type up a letter and sign it.  The US does not care why they want to come to the US.  The US only cares about the strong ties to India.


A son immigrating or a wedding does not matter.

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11 hours ago, WesAmigo said:
We have showed them only for tourism as some said they might get rejected as their son is getting married OR does wedding gives more chance of getting visa approved? ..Please advice should I be showing my wedding or just tourism? 

Why do India applicants always ask what offers a higher chance of a visa (or the least chances of a rejection)?

Dude.. state facts as they are. Don't play with words; US embassy is experienced with just about every word play there is. If they're coming to attend a wedding, just say so.


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I was on B1/B2 visa already in the US when my parents applied for B2 visa to attend my wedding.  They were given the visa approval in about 60 seconds.

We had wedding invites, photos, letter etc sent with them the officer does not care really.  They saw my parents had live in Dubai for 40+ years - dad still running a business and they saw reason for them to come back. 


Do NOT LIE.  I don't like to answer the question on what is a better option as you never want to lie, but just tourism intent they sound like a sure shot denial, if they have not travelled to other Western countries on holidays (in past 5 years), not working etc.  Will not make sense to officer why they want to tour the US.

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the us doesnt care WHY you want to come they just care WHY you are going to leave!


so yes, having a wedding invitiation shows that you have a wedding but they dont need a sponsor letter!!!  

do your parents have a successful job back home?


money in the bank?


they need to show reasons to leave.  the good thing is, they arent child bearing age so if they do have successful businesses and things back home that will help them.  then it depends on the day who they get.  if they dont have anything home to go home to, its a slim chance

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