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Is it true tourist visa in Mexico is 3 minutes or less (and a couple other questions)

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66 y/o mother in law wants to visit daughter / grandkids. My wife (her daughter) and myself (USC) have been married since 2009. My wife never applied for citizenship status but is a lawful permanent resident. And during this 10 years (a little over actually) her mom never applied for tourist visa.


Here are a few of my questions:


1) Is the interview 3 minutes or less usually?


2) they won't look at any "supporting documents" such as bank accounts, etc...or "probably won't" look at it in the 3 minute interview.


3) Reason for visit plus the "profile" (age/gender) plus "how the interview/conversation" goes will determine the approval? So for example, a 23 year old male that wants to visit his "girlfriend" has a high chance of denial but a 66 year old female that wants to visit her grandchildren has a strong chance of approval?


4) Was information such as reason for visit filled out on the tourist application (wife filled it out I'm just doing some research myself)?


5) Will they (US Government) and officer doing interview have a little computer that does a little background research on the "story"....so for example my wife is on the computer screen...shows her age....location....maybe employment history.....they see me on the screen...they see my 2 kids on the screen...so that way everything matches up to the story being told to them by my mother in law. Surely they don't just take the person's word for it and with today's technology you would think they press a name and a button and half the family tree pops right up.

Edited by visa992291

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1. It is quite true for many cases.  Recently  6 of my relatives gone to visas (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) so they could attend my cousin's wedding, 3 got visas, 3 got rejected - 5 having less than 3 mins interviews, 1 longer (5 mins).


2. Most of the time: no. However, they may ask.


3. Based on our family/relatives along, they seem to "pre-determine" the results before the interview based on DS-160.  It is very much about how strong tie to your home  country is 


4. Just it out honestly if that what you are asking.


5. They do have the information but it will be mostly based on DS-160 if the applicants have not applied before.  They may have some links to the applicants' relatives.

  • When my wife had her interviewed for CR-1, they asked about my 2 brothers (they mentioned their names exactly, although we did not provide any info regarding my brothers on our application).


I assume they are trained to spot (potential) dishonest answers. Anyway, at the end, it is tourist visa, just truly filed out and respond.

Edited by nguoivietnam2019

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They certainly have links to applicants’ relatives in their system. Years back when I sent in mail-in application for under 14 children, I got called in to the consulate as they had picked up the parent of the children (me) had had an I130 filed. I can only assume their systems have been much improved since then.


and yes tourist interviews tend to be brief.

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