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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

12/1/17: 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

 

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! 


Removal of Conditions

12/29/2018  Sent ROC package to Dallas PO Box by USPS Priority Mail. 

12/30/2018  ROC package arrived & ready for pickup at Dallas PO Box at 7pm.

01/03/2019  Credit card transaction alert received at 7:10am authorizing charge of $680 to USCIS Dallas Lockbox

01/03/2019  Received text message from USCIS stating original receipt to follow in mail and a receipt number starting with MSC.

01/07/2019  Added receipt number to myaccount.uscis.dhs.gov/ and it shows case received and nothing to do at this time.

01/11/2019  Received US Postal Service Informed Delivery email at 8:20am showing incoming letter from USCIS.

01/11/2019  Received biometric appointment in the mail.  Biometric appointment is for 01/22/2019

01/14/2019  Completed walk-in biometric at Tampa Field Office.

 

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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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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.


5/7/2018 K1       Application mailed

5/9/2018             Application rec'd and signed for (sent via fedex)

5/14/2018          NOA1 Email notification

5/18/2018          NOA1 Paper copy rec'd (i797C)

11/5/2018          NOA2 ❤️ no RFE's

11/19/2018        NVC Received file

12/13/2018        Consulate received/ ready to schedule interview

 

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