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My american husband's father wants me to visit in America before my husband enlist in the military, so that I could get to know them well. I haven't seen my husband's family in person, this would be a great time to visit them knowing military life is busy and hectic. His father is a retired army and will sponsor my trip. I'm an artist who works at an art gallery here in the Philippines. I don't have any intentions to settle in the US yet, because I have a lot of responsibilities here in the Philippines hence my art career and my family is here. How possible is it for me to get a tourist visa and my chances for it? 

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Complete a DS-160 and attend the interview. $160 fee.

It's pretty difficult to get a tourist visa from PH, especially with a USC spouse.

Bring ties to return home with you. They likely won't look at it, but it's better than not having it.

There is no sponsorship for a tourist visa. Somebody can pay for the trip, though. There is a field asking about this on the DS-160.

You will be approved or not based on your own merits, not that of anybody else.

 

You have 3 negative factors right off the bat:

  • Married to a USC (ties to the US, not to return home).
  • Presumably not able to afford trip on your own (w/o incurring a hardship) since you have somebody else covering costs.
  • Line of work is likely not a significant tie to return home.

I do with you good luck, though. Only way to know find out if you get one or not is to apply.

Edited by geowrian

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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Basically you apply and find out, not a chance based process and you have not mentioned anything positive.


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Has a CR-1 petition been filed?  If so, there is some chance your tourist visa may be denied with a pending immigrant petition---or once it's disclosed you have a USC spouse, which shows strong ties to the US. (CO may presume you are hoping to circumvent waiting time).  Either way, your chances depend on your compelling reasons to return to your home country after your trip....proof of employment, home ownership, etc.


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1 hour ago, geowrian said:

Complete a DS-160 and attend the interview. $160 fee.

It's pretty difficult to get a tourist visa from PH, especially with a USC spouse.

Bring ties to return home with you. They likely won't look at it, but it's better than not having it.

There is no sponsorship for a tourist visa. Somebody can pay for the trip, though. There is a field asking about this on the DS-160.

You will be approved or not based on your own merits, not that of anybody else.

 

You have 3 negative factors right off the bat:

  • Married to a USC (ties to the US, not to return home).
  • Presumably not able to afford trip on your own (w/o incurring a hardship) since you have somebody else covering costs.
  • Line of work is likely not a significant tie to return home.

I do with you good luck, though. Only way to know find out if you get one or not is to apply.

4th negative factor, Philippines


YMMV

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On 12/4/2018 at 11:37 AM, geowrian said:

Complete a DS-160 and attend the interview. $160 fee.

It's pretty difficult to get a tourist visa from PH, especially with a USC spouse.

Bring ties to return home with you. They likely won't look at it, but it's better than not having it.

There is no sponsorship for a tourist visa. Somebody can pay for the trip, though. There is a field asking about this on the DS-160.

You will be approved or not based on your own merits, not that of anybody else.

 

You have 3 negative factors right off the bat:

  • Married to a USC (ties to the US, not to return home).
  • Presumably not able to afford trip on your own (w/o incurring a hardship) since you have somebody else covering costs.
  • Line of work is likely not a significant tie to return home.

I do with you good luck, though. Only way to know find out if you get one or not is to apply.

I have a job here and future projects that's waiting for me when I return from the US. I could show them my proof of employment, pay stubs and future projects documentations. Will that be enough? 

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Unlikely to look at any documentation, and the Consulate decides what is enough.


“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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4 minutes ago, AllysaParrachavez said:

I have a job here and future projects that's waiting for me when I return from the US. I could show them my proof of employment, pay stubs and future projects documentations. Will that be enough? 

You can bring those and show them if asked. Only way to know is to try.

It's unlikely to be approved, but I've absolutely seen others with even fewer ties approved from countries with high refusal rates.

Edited by geowrian

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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3 minutes ago, geowrian said:

You can bring those and show them if asked. Only way to know is to try.

It's unlikely to be approved, but I've absolutely seen others with even fewer ties approved from countries with high refusal rates.

How about having a retired military father in law and an enlisting military husband, aren't they proofs of me that I won't be against the law? 

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Huh?

 

How?


“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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1 minute ago, AllysaParrachavez said:

How about having a retired military father in law and an enlisting military husband, aren't they proofs of me that I won't be against the law? 

Nobody's circumstances matter except your own.

Also, they would not be punishable in any way if you were to violate status, so it has no teeth.


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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They are not the ones applying.

 

(I do not agree with the premise but that is another issue)


“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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4 minutes ago, AllysaParrachavez said:

Since they work for the government, so that means they won't abide the law

You don't work for the government.   

The visitor visa application is about YOU.  It is not about who is related to you.  Not your husband.  Not your father-in-law.  ONLY YOU.

It doesn't matter who you are related to and what that person does for a job. 

YOUR TIES.  Having a USC husband is a tie to the US.  The only thing that is important is what are YOUR TIES to home.  

Edited by aaron2020

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