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Hi, guys. I recently just got denied of my US tourist visa.

A little background: I’m a college student from the Philippines and wanted to have a short time vacation in the United States before my graduation.

Upon rejection of application, the American consulate officer handed me a blue script that says I failed to provide strong ties with my country eventhough I have told them that I’ll be returning home after two months to attend my graduation. I had all the documents, even a letter from school and my student’s checklist and other documents to support but they did not even bother to look at them.. I know this is common, though. Anybody else who had the same experience? What steps did you make to finally get the visa? Thank you!

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Yup, it's very common. They are not required to look at any documents...usually everything they need to know to make a decision is on the DS-160.

 

There's nothing you can just do to establish strong ties to return home...they generally take time (steady job, extensive travel to other countries, etc.).

 

You are free to apply again. Generally you should only do so if there is a change in your circumstances, and after some time. If there is a change in your circumstances,


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

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

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/16: sent

12/14/16: 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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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And 2 months is not a short time vacation! 


N-400

12/30/2019  Filed N-400 online

12/30/2019  NOA1

01/09/2020  Walk in biometric set up by IO at Ft. Myers to be done at ASC Ft. Myers.  Biometric completed.  Original Biometric was scheduled for  01/23/2020.  Estimated       Case Completion time 10 months (November 2020).

 

 

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You dont have to attend graduation.  Most colleges in north America would mail out the degree if you dont attend.  Its really a very very weak tie. 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  - Dr. Seuss

 

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1 hour ago, gregcrs2 said:

And 2 months is not a short time vacation! 

 

 

1 hour ago, gregcrs2 said:

And 2 months is not a short time vacation! 

I thought a tourist visa gives you a max 3-month stay that’s why I said “short time” 😬 my bad but you’re right, though.

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2 hours ago, geowrian said:

Yup, it's very common. They are not required to look at any documents...usually everything they need to know to make a decision is on the DS-160.

 

There's nothing you can just do to establish strong ties to return home...they generally take time (steady job, extensive travel to other countries, etc.).

 

You are free to apply again. Generally you should only do so if there is a change in your circumstances, and after some time. If there is a change in your circumstances,

I guess it will indeed take me some time. Thanks

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B2 is usually up to 6 months, but yes I agree with the others you currently seem to have nothing to show.


“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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tourist visas from the PH are notoriously hard to get.

 

and you dont have to attend your college graduation. i didnt attend mine.


i 485, 130, EAD and AP

04/09/2019    NOA1 received/check cashed i 485 and 131

04/19/2019    Rec'd appointment letter for biometrics

05/02/2019    Biometrics

05/15/2019    Submitted initial request for EAD expedite 5/22 faxed info

06/05/2019    EAD APPROVAL!!!!!!!!!!  06/06/2019    AP Approval

06/13/2019    Combo Card Received in Mail

06/19/2019    Social Security Card received in mail

10/07/2019     Received interview date letter for 11/7/19

11/07/2019     AOS Interview-Norfolk

11/10/2019     APPROVED (notification rec'd 11/10, approval dated 11/8)

11/14/2019     Case status update that card is in mail ❤️ received 11/16

DONE FOR TWO YEARS!!! ;)

 

Filed everything ourselves from K1, then married, withdrew k1, decided to adjust directly and filed I-130 and AOS ourselves with no RFE's or delays.

 

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