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I am a permanent resident married to a US citizen. I came into the US in 2014 through a K1 visa and have never visited Ghana since I got here. 

I want to have my mother visit me this summer for a couple of weeks. She has worked with the same Government agency since she completed school (before I was born). She also owns some property and cares for my disabled grandmother. My younger sister (who just completed college) also lives with my mum.

Her trip will be a good opportunity for her to see my daughter (who she’s never met). I understand the burden of proof lies on her     to convince the CO of not having an intention to immigrate.

What supporting documents do you recommend she takes and what are her chances of being granted a visa?

 

Thank you.

 


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Anyone that tells the chances of approval will only be guessing . Nothing is guaranteed with visas. We have seen people who had strong ties to their country get denied and people who had almost nothing to their name get approved.

 

The documents she will need to bring with her is the evidence of strong ties to her country. However, those documents are rarely looked at during the interview.


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If she is planning to visit with her granddaughter, just make sure that her purpose of visit doesn't come across as "child care" as that is considered "work" on a B visa and would not be allowed. She could bring the supporting docs about her job and property ownership. If possible, mention during the interview that the grandmother is dependent on her and that she must return to take care of her.

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Thank you both. We are still months away from her visit, but I’ll get her to start gathering her docs. We will definitely ensure that it doesn’t come across as if she’s coming for child care. Because that’s not the intention. Since I haven’t seen her in a while and based on ticket costs (that’s if both my 3year old and I decide to go home together), I just thought it will be a good idea for her to come instead.


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There are not any documents for a Tourist, you just complete the application and go to the interview.


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Your mother has to just prove strong ties to Ghana and must be able to convince CO that she will return to Ghana after her visit. As you already stated the burden is all on her. It's really hard to know which documents are best and stuff, but maybe employment letter from her job, bank statements, etc. However, CO is not not obligated to look at any of such documents.

Also, no assurances from end your will affect the CO's decision.

 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html

"Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa."

 

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Thank you nastra30!

And thanks to everyone who provided feedback. I will let you all know the outcome when she goes for her interview.


05/27/14 - Sent AOS package via USPS05/28/14 - Package received by USCIS06/02/14 - Text and Email NOA1s received06/06/14 - Hard copies of NOA1s received06/10/14 - Biometrics appointment received (for June 24th)06/24/14 - Biometrics completed08/06/14 - SMS/Email notifications of EAD/AP combo card in production08/11/14 - EAP/AP card received.<p>09/13/14 - "Notice of Potential Interview Waiver" received04/13/15 - AOS Approved

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