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Visitor visa for Mexican citizen that is married to US citizen

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Hi I have been engaged to a Mexican lady for 3 years.  I own a house in Mexico where she and her son live.  She owns property of her own in Mexico and her son attends school in Mexico.  She is single and never married.  She has no documented work in Mexico though she works with her mom and sells cosmetics and clothing from her facebook page.  She has plenty of money in her bank account that she has earned from her work.  The son and her have a passport and both her and the son have traveled to Canada on two occasions and returned to Mexico after my family traveled to Canada to meet them.  We would like to get married in the US but the process is taking a long time due to conflicts with the sons father.  I would like to marry this women and bring her and the son to the States for visits until I retire in Mexico.  We do not want her to immigrate to the states but just visit.  Several years ago we attempted to get her a visitor visa but it was denied due to her being single, with no documented job or home in Mexico.  I have since started a Mexican Corporation that she is listed as 50% owner, the corporation will hold the deed of the home that I own, so she will now show ownership too, she will be working under the corporation now also, so should show employment.   Does anyone see a reason why they would be denied a visitor visa if she is married to a US citizen and we were married in Mexico?  I do not want to get denied again since it will damage our chances in the future if we want to go for a CR1 visa in the future.

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To be honest the marriage makes it worse. If she’s married to a US citizen she’s a red flag because that shows immigrant intent. A new ownership of a new business is not really good proof of ties to their home country because that job can be easily abandoned. She will most likely be denied a visiting visa whether you marry her or not. With that said, tourist visa denials due to immigrant intent have no impact in future immigrant visas. You’re much better off getting married and applying for CR1 and having her immigrate. Then after they become citizens you’re free to retire in Mexico. 

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The chances of her getting approved for a tourist visa is how compelling her ties are to Mexico for her to return after a visit.


With marriage to a USC, the ties to the USA are then even stronger.  Working under a corporation you own is not going to show strong ties to Mexico, as it's a job she can easily abandon at any time and/or easily transfer to work in the USA, and the CO may presume she was given the job just to attempt to show employment on paper only.


However, since it's been years since she applied for the tourist visa, and she has traveled to other countries (Canada) and returned home afterwards, it's worth a shot if you have the $160 to spend, and see what happens.

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Only way to know if to apply and find out. $160 + travel costs + time is all that is wasted if you try.



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9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/17/18: Approved

10/24/18: Green card produced

10/31/18: Green card received





12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

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8/15/2017: POE



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