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Good day. I’m new here. I would like to inquire what can I do to help my parents apply for a tourist visa from the Philippines to attend my graduation. I would need help what they can say during the interview and documents needed.


Here is my situation: I initially got here as a tourist visa on July 2017. 3 months into my stay, I got an offer from my agency that they would sponsor and EB2 visa, on the condition that I do a doctorate program for my career (done online). I was able to obtain an EAD while waiting for my I-485 so I’m working right now. But just this week, I was informed by my company that my I-140 was denied and they will be refiling (it was expected they said). I also got married last Dec 2018 with my long time boyfriend who is also from the Philippines and just recently got his PR last yr. So we thought that he will petition me as well. We are on the process with different attorneys to file the I-130. 

Now I would love for my parents to attend my graduation this May for about 3-4 wks. I live in Texas but my university is in Pennsylvania. I’m worried that the interview is going to be risky. Will the consul know my travel history and my current legal status (technically in gray because I’m still adjusting status and have not obtained my PR yet). 


What should my parents say if the consul asks what their purpose is, who they will be staying and what is my status? 


Another caveat: When I arrived here the CBP officer stamped a 3 month stay but my electronic I-94 says 6 months. My agency’s attorney says that the electronic one I obtained online will prevail. 


It’s been a complicated ride.


I appreciate you reading my long post. Any insight would be appreciated! 

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Posted (edited)

Nothing illegal was stated by the OP.

The circumstances are pretty coincidental re: intent. But that's neither here nor there at this point.

The current risk is that the refiled petition will also be denied. One must remain in legal status to complete AOS, so it may require consular processing for the bf spouse's petition abroad if that path closes.


Anyway, back to the OP's questions...

They complete a DS-160 and interview. They are honest with any questions asked. What happens, happens.

Having a close relative who is seeking residency via AOS from a tourist visa is suspected to be concern that other family members may do so as well, but nothing is confirmed. In the end, they will be issued the visas or not based on their own merits.

Edited by geowrian



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





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



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



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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46 minutes ago, NB_sunstar said:


What should my parents say if the consul asks what their purpose is, who they will be staying and what is my status? 


That's easy.. the truth and nothing but the truth. This shouldn't be something asked on a forum. 


Of course the CO interviewing your parents would know their adult child (whom they'd list on the ds160) entered on a b2 and then changed status. While your parents' applications would be decided on their own merit, your COS and future AOS could potentially influence the CO's decision. 

I-751 journey


10/16/2017.......... ROC package mailed

10/18/2017.......... I-751 package received VSC

10/19/2017.......... I-797 NOA date

10/30/2017.......... Notice received in mail

10/30/2017.......... Check cashed

11/02/2017.......... Conditional GC expired

11/22/2017.......... Biometrics completed

  xx/xx/xxxx.......... waiting waiting waiting

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Hi! You can click on my signature below for my parents’ tourist visa application experience. You might find some useful info. Good luck!

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