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My father in law and mother in law had an interview at Kabul, Afghanistan for a tourist visa to come to our wedding party. Couple days before they told us to show strong ties and we did. They took bank statements, my in laws are in college so they had their papers that they were in school and had to be back, house deeds and my father in law job that hes working and has to be back after the wedding is over. Well all they took was the house deeds and the ds160 and they literally threw everything else in the trash. Once their number was called, they asked a few questions to my father in law...where do u work? why do u guys wanna go to us? how did ur son go to america? are u guys family? After it was done, they said sorry we cant approve you guys. Based on the letter they gave, they said they didnt show enough ties theyll be back. Can we try again? 

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You can try as many times as you want so long as you can afford the $160 fee. That said, the result is almost certainly not going to change until their circumstances have changed. Applying again so soon means not only do they need to prove the ties better than last time, but you're basically asking the CO to overrule their colleague.

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Agreed with what @geowrian says.


They can apply again but expect the same result unless something changes. Many foreigners treat applying for a visitor visa to the US like playing the lotto. They just keep trying over and over without changing anything. 


If the CO didn't think what they submitted was enough ties then they may have to build further ties to their country.


Do not feel alone in this. We constantly see cases like this where the immigrant's family are not able to attend the wedding  in the US. A good backup plan is to prepare to have a second wedding in your home country.

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Until their situation changes then there is nothing that can be done. It is either a financial reason or lack of evidence that they would return given the fact that their son is there. 

Skype the wedding then have a second intimate wedding in their country.

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I remember you from your posting this summer


I am sorry things didn't work out as you hoped but as I said in that post chance of getting a tourist visa with an Afghan passport is very slim.


Do they know anyone who was able to get a US visa recently thru the Kabul consulate? Maybe they could compare their evidences against that person's and find out what else they could provide next time but I wouldn't try applying again unless they have more to show.



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Does it matter?


The wedding was a few weeks ago.

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