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So I applied for a tourist visa months ago, last February to be exact. Before I even submitted the form online, I tried to read a lot about the application process, ask people about it, the usual things someone would do to get a visa.

 

See, I'm in a long distance relationship with someone in the US. We haven't met yet and since he's not able to visit here at the moment (financial issues), I tried applying for the visa to go visit him instead.

 

People say that when applying for the visa, ALWAYS TELL NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and that's what I did. Everything I put on the application and everything I said on the interview were all true.

I was kind of hoping that I would get approved because I have travelled to Europe because of my previous work and I was still under a 1 year contract with the company I'm currently working under. 

 

I don't know why I got denied? I was thinking maybe because of our situation? 

Him being younger than me and us just meeting online

 

I would really appreciate your answer. thank you 

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The vast, vast majority of B2 visas are denied due to insufficient ties to the home country.  Having a relationship to someone in the US is a very strong tie to the US.......I suggest, he make arrangement to visit you outside the US.


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The most common reason is immigrant intent. You haven't really presented much here in the way of ties to where you live now - a one year contract doesn't mean much most places. Are you in your home country currently? Do you own property? Etc. Having a relationship with someone in the US is often a red flag for immigrant intent/ties, but neither is it a deal breaker so one would assume you could not present sufficient evidence of ties at home.

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6 minutes ago, ncml said:

So I applied for a tourist visa months ago, last February to be exact. Before I even submitted the form online, I tried to read a lot about the application process, ask people about it, the usual things someone would do to get a visa.

 

See, I'm in a long distance relationship with someone in the US. We haven't met yet and since he's not able to visit here at the moment (financial issues), I tried applying for the visa to go visit him instead.

 

People say that when applying for the visa, ALWAYS TELL NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and that's what I did. Everything I put on the application and everything I said on the interview were all true.

I was kind of hoping that I would get approved because I have travelled to Europe because of my previous work and I was still under a 1 year contract with the company I'm currently working under. 

 

I don't know why I got denied? I was thinking maybe because of our situation? 

Him being younger than me and us just meeting online

 

I would really appreciate your answer. thank you 

 

What country are you from? Some countries are much harder to get a tourist visa from despite 'qualiying'


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6 minutes ago, ncml said:

 

I don't know why I got denied? I was thinking maybe because of our situation? 

Him being younger than me and us just meeting online

 

I would really appreciate your answer. thank you 

Nope that would not be a reason for B2 denial. In addition to other reasons, one main could be that the CO in fact trusted your relationship.


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4 minutes ago, Ben&Zian said:

 

What country are you from? Some countries are much harder to get a tourist visa from despite 'qualiying'

I'm from the Philippines :)

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6 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

The most common reason is immigrant intent. You haven't really presented much here in the way of ties to where you live now - a one year contract doesn't mean much most places. Are you in your home country currently? Do you own property? Etc. Having a relationship with someone in the US is often a red flag for immigrant intent/ties, but neither is it a deal breaker so one would assume you could not present sufficient evidence of ties at home.

But the thing is these were the only questions asked:

1. What's his name (he has a Hispanic name)

2. Is he an American citizen

3. How we met

4. How old he is

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3 minutes ago, ncml said:

I'm from the Philippines :)

And are you living there now? You didn't answer the other questions about what your ties are. (even if they weren't asked)

 

B visa refusal rate for the Philippines is 27%. Not low, not particularly high. Something about your particular application they didn't like.

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2 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

And are you living there now? You didn't answer the other questions about what your ties are. (even if they weren't asked)

 

B visa refusal rate for the Philippines is 27%. Not low, not particularly high. Something about your particular application they didn't like.

Yes I'm living here. I'm a Filipino citizen actually. And I'm sorry about the other question. Besides the contract with the company, I don't think I have any other ties? I don't have properties to present to them. I have bills yes but not properties

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17 minutes ago, missileman said:

The vast, vast majority of B2 visas are denied due to insufficient ties to the home country.  Having a relationship to someone in the US is a very strong tie to the US.......I suggest, he make arrangement to visit you outside the US.

He's planning to visit me here in a few months. He's been working hard just to earn enough for the ticket and his stay 

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2 minutes ago, Scott Br said:

Single Filipino women have a higher denial rate.  My wife was denied a visitor visa twice.  I ended up making multiple visits to see her, prior to her coming over on a K1.

That's gonna be hard for me and him then. But I'm glad that everything went well with you and your wife! Must have been difficult for you guys too

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2 minutes ago, ncml said:

That's gonna be hard for me and him then. But I'm glad that everything went well with you and your wife! Must have been difficult for you guys too

I hope it all works out for the 2 of you.  This is a long journey that takes a lot of patience (and $$) to make it happen.


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Single, presumably young, female from the Philippines with a USC boyfriend and not much in terms of ties to remain. Unfortunately, due to the abuse of the system by other Filipinos in the past, getting a tourist visa in those circumstances is incredibly hard.

 

Sorry, but I would not expect a US tourist visa anytime soon. You will need to meet in the Philippines or a 3rd country.


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