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Not recently, but the process is basically the same as it always has been and pretty straightforward, apply, and interview.

 

What is the issue?


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On 6/25/2019 at 9:23 AM, Boiler said:

Not recently, but the process is basically the same as it always has been and pretty straightforward, apply, and interview.

 

What is the issue?

Friend of a friend applied, paid $125, waited, and denied with no explanation.  Trying to garner any info about this particular country/process I can.

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I think it is $160 to apply? Would have been given a reason, usually 221G.


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Posted (edited)

You're correct, $160, not $125, just looked online.   So I have sent my friend a RFI about the fee, which Visa was applied for, and whether or not he did an interview and got either a 214(b) or 221(g).

 

Thanks for the help.  I have zero experience with tourist visas, ditto Colimbia particulars.

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Standard refusal under 214b, failure to show non immigrant intent.


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INA 214(b) is all you need to tell what it means - immigrant intent.


Timelines:

Spoiler

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

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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He would need to obtain a visa seems the blocking point is his inability to show he will go home.


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38 minutes ago, ALFKAD said:

Which means?  What can he do to get approval to visit here?

It means he was unable to overcome the mandatory presumption that he intends to stay in the US instead of returning home. The INA requires all COs to assume that an individual intends to do so until the circumstances show otherwise.

Nothing to do anytime soon really...he is free to reapply, but unless there is a material change in circumstances, the result is very likely going to be the same.

 

He can travel elsewhere to build up a history, obtain/maintain a stable job, etc., then apply again later. There's no way to know the specific reasons the CO was not convinced of his intent to return home - they look at the circumstances described on the DS-160 + possibly some interview questions. It's mostly the DS-160, though, which is raw factual information...nothing you can just change quickly or easily (actual strong ties to return home aren't created or broken easily).

Edited by geowrian

Timelines:

Spoiler

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

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

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

 

NVC

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

 

K-1

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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Buenos dias, alguien sabe si la embajada de Bogotá puede devolverme mi pasaporte que esta en proceso administrativo para poder viajar a otro pais?? Leí en la pagina de la embajada que si mi visa esta en proceso administrativo ellos me lo pueden devolver si lo necesito y luego cuando termine el proceso administrativo me lo piden para estampar la visa, pero eso lo leí en la seccion de visas de No inmigrante y la mia es de inmigrante entonces me quedó la duda.. ya les escribi un correo pero no me responden 😕. Saben de alguien que haya hecho esto?

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12 hours ago, Rosy90 said:

Buenos dias, alguien sabe si la embajada de Bogotá puede devolverme mi pasaporte que esta en proceso administrativo para poder viajar a otro pais?? Leí en la pagina de la embajada que si mi visa esta en proceso administrativo ellos me lo pueden devolver si lo necesito y luego cuando termine el proceso administrativo me lo piden para estampar la visa, pero eso lo leí en la seccion de visas de No inmigrante y la mia es de inmigrante entonces me quedó la duda.. ya les escribi un correo pero no me responden 😕. Saben de alguien que haya hecho esto?

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