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Can someone please answer my question!

 

I went to apply for a US tourist visa on 13th April 2018 in London. I gave the interview and to be fair I believed it was a great interview - The consular said "Right I am not refusing your case - however we have some further questions regarding last time (I have applied for a tourist visa before as a group - however we didn't answer properly because of nerves so we were refused).

 

I was told it will take a couple of days for the embassy to contact me - however I have been waiting since 13th April under administrative processing.

 

Can somebody advice what happens in this case scenario, - by the way the consular did not mention my application was approved he said that he was satisfied with my answers and wanted to do ask further questions about last refusal?

 

Please get back to me.

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Hello everyone!

 

As you can see my journey to the US embassy from the above thread.

 

Quick overview of the situation:

 

I am a UK national - born and raised in the United Kingdom.

 

Due to religious pilgrimage I have attended Iraq a couple of times (2016 & 2017) - this pilgrimage is well documented in the media and therefore is easier to explain to the consular officer of the intentions for visiting Iraq. Due to these trips I am ineligible for an ESTA and I had to apply for a US visa at the embassy.

 

I initially went to the embassy in January 2017 with 2 of my cousins - we attended the interview together and were questioned together. Both of my cousins were students at the time but they had sufficient savings maintained in their bank accounts.

 

The consular officer refused all 3 of us on the basis that we would not return to our country (UK).

 

I once again applied on 13th April 2018 (this time I went alone), I believe the interview went well - I answered all questions asked with clarity and meaning.

 

The officer said I have not refused your application - however I would like to make a few queries as to why your initial visa was refused?

 

I was clearly told at the time that I would hear back within a week the latest.

 

I have now been waiting for 8 months!!.......I feel like I have been held hostage and whenever I have emailed the embassy, they never get back to me or if they do decide to answer one of 10 emails sent they will send an automated reply "your application is pending administrative processing" suggesting to me they haven't even looked at the case.

 

I contacted my local member of parliament - and the contacted the embassy. The embassy responded to my MP that my application is under review and no further documents are required.

 

This is my whole situation.

 

Can somebody relate to this and whether they have received a response??

 

P.S. I have my passport - I am waiting to hear back from the embassy.

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How are you being held hostage?

 

AP takes as long as it takes and there is no way of knowing how long it will take.


“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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I would appreciate it if you were a little less sarcastic!

 

I have been looking out for an email from the embassy for the last 8 months! My holiday of going to the US last summer has been held hostage!

 

Can I please have serious people who want to help me thanks.

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Nothing to do but wait.


“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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15 minutes ago, Wajih Naqvi said:

.I feel like I have been held hostage and whenever I have emailed the embassy, they never get back to me or if they do decide to answer one of 10 emails sent they will send an automated reply "your application is pending administrative processing" suggesting to me they haven't even looked at the case.

Held hostage?   Please.....visiting the US is not a right........Administrative Processing can not be expedited..........I think you have done all that is in your power......good luck.


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1 minute ago, Wajih Naqvi said:

Thank you for your response.

 

I believe the word "hostage" has rattled a few nerves.

 

Please discard this word when reading my previous message - and then respond :)

You have official confirmation that your case is under administrative processing..........you have no choice, other than waiting for them to finish the processing........there is really nothing else that can be said...or done...good luck...


"Experience can be a tough teacher to those who fail to heed good advice"- Missileman, 12/6/18

 

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  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
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Best to look for any alternate country to take your vacation.  You may be in administrative processing for a very long time.

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You do not have a right to visit the US.

 

You are not entitled to visit the US.

 

You can only ask for permission.  Permission can be granted or denied.

 

Your MP has ZERO power to do anything about a visitor visa to the US.

 

Hostage?  Really?  Google "ISIS hostages."  Very sure you are in dire strait like them.  You are in the same amount of danger of losing your life.  Got it.  Contact the BBC and let them know that America is holding you hostage.

 

You can either wait or withdraw your application.  Those are your only two real choices.  

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You can ask for your passport to be returned while you wait, if you need to travel elsewhere. If the eventual outcome is positive, the embassy will ask you to send it in for visa issuance.

 

The reason you are not getting any useful information from the embassy is because that is all they are able to say to anyone undergoing AP, regardless of length of time of AP. They can’t give you details, often they don’t even know specifically what is actually taking place during the AP checks, it’s not them doing the work on that front.

 

As with any other country, visiting the US is a privilege, not a right. I’ve had to cancel vacations to countries when visa processes have taken stupid amounts of time -once the British consulate actually lost my passport internally for a month and by the time I got it back, I didn’t have time to get the schnegen visa I needed /wanted to visit the continent after the UK that year. So I understand it’s annoying and frustrating, but also it is what it is. Vacations are nice-to-haves and there are other options.

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British MPs cannot influence US embassy decisions.  The congressperson/senator inquiries you may have heard about here on VJ are for the sole purpose of assisting US citizens seeking immigration benefits for a fiance or family member.

 

 

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