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My Chinese wife's mother just died so my wife is trying to get her father to come to America for the next few months in order to look after him during this difficult time (my wife is an a green card holder). As I understand, American visa offices in Beijing are currently closed due to the virus but do you know if there are any exceptions for emergencies? I ask because I assume this isn't just China specific - I assume that many American visa offices across many different countries are closed at the moment so am thinking the might be something people have experience with. Please let me know. Thanks.


timeline in layman's terms:

Submitted I-130 (in person) - September 16th, 2014

I-130 Approved - November 12th, 2014

Received an e-mail prompting me and my wife to complete form DS-260 and submit some documents to a bank (NOA2?) - November 28th, 2014

Submitted documents to bank - December 4th, 2014

Received an e-mail instructing me and my wife to schedule an interview appointment - December 18th, 2014

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There are usually emergency appointments available. I am unsure however whether this situation would fall into such a category. These are usually granted for urgent reasons someone has to be in the US by a specific date for (urgent medical treatment unavailable at home, attending a funeral, etc). Can your wife travel there to look after him in the meanwhile?

 

 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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Usually she would be the one who would want to go there, funeral etc.


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3 minutes ago, Boiler said:

Usually she would be the one who would want to go there, funeral etc.

Ya, but I wouldn't be able to go with her since foreigners are banned from China right now. That's why we're trying to get her dad over.


timeline in layman's terms:

Submitted I-130 (in person) - September 16th, 2014

I-130 Approved - November 12th, 2014

Received an e-mail prompting me and my wife to complete form DS-260 and submit some documents to a bank (NOA2?) - November 28th, 2014

Submitted documents to bank - December 4th, 2014

Received an e-mail instructing me and my wife to schedule an interview appointment - December 18th, 2014

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Wales
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No harm having a go, just do not make any assumptions of success.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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1 hour ago, CitizenJ said:

Ya, but I wouldn't be able to go with her since foreigners are banned from China right now. That's why we're trying to get her dad over.

That’s not going to be an emergency reason as far as the consulate is concerned for issuing a visa. 
 

Also, assuming he gets a visa (again, I think this is doubtful), where is he going to spend the two weeks he needs to be in a non Covid banned country before entering the US?  Who will look after him wherever this is?


If he “needs looking after” honestly your wife should just go at least as a stop gap measure until you guys can figure out a medium term solution. (I know this is what I’d do if that were my parent anyway.) She’s from there right, it’s not like she can’t go back alone for a while?

 

 

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Hi,

 

Sorry, but this is not an emergency.  My wife died and I want to go to the US so my daughter can look after me is not an emergency.  It's a want.  

 

An emergency is I have to go ASAP because a love one is dying and this would be our last opportunity to see each other.  


You can try for tourist visa, but it's doubtful that the US Consulate will see this as an emergency.  

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31 minutes ago, aaron2020 said:

Hi,

 

Sorry, but this is not an emergency.  My wife died and I want to go to the US so my daughter can look after me is not an emergency.  It's a want.  

 

 

Actually when you phrase it like that (same situation from a different perspective) it even brings to light the possibility that any tourist visa would be refused. Does not sound like he has ties to home anymore.

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15 hours ago, CitizenJ said:

My Chinese wife's mother just died so my wife is trying to get her father to come to America for the next few months in order to look after him during this difficult time (my wife is an a green card holder). As I understand, American visa offices in Beijing are currently closed due to the virus but do you know if there are any exceptions for emergencies? I ask because I assume this isn't just China specific - I assume that many American visa offices across many different countries are closed at the moment so am thinking the might be something people have experience with. Please let me know. Thanks.

I’m very sorry for both of your losses. I’m not sure if tourist visas ever qualify for expedite requests since they are for the purpose of tourism/visiting. From my perspective his chances of obtaining a visa seem very slim due to the lack of ties in his home country now and the fact that he would be a “good” candidate to turn around and adjust status now that he needs to be looked after.


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1 minute ago, Luckycuds said:

I’m very sorry for both of your losses. I’m not sure if tourist visas ever qualify for expedite requests since they are for the purpose of tourism/visiting. From my perspective his chances of obtaining a visa seem very slim due to the lack of ties in his home country now and the fact that he would be a “good” candidate to turn around and adjust status now that he needs to be looked after.

^ wife is a LPR, so her father cannot adjust (yet)

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15 minutes ago, SusieQQQ said:

^ wife is a LPR, so her father cannot adjust (yet)

Thanks- missed that piece.


Our K1 Journey    I-129f

Service Center : Texas Service Center   Transferred? California Service Center on 8/11/14

Consulate : Port au Prince, Haiti             I-129F Sent : 4/14/2014

I-129F NOA1 : 4/24/14                            I-129F NOA2 : 9/10/14

NVC Received : 9/24/14                          NVC Left : 9/26/14

Consulate Received : 10/6/14 CEAC status changed to ready

Packet 3 Received : 10/27/14 packet received by petitioner in USA ( beneficiary never received packet 3)

Medical: 10/30/14 Dr. Buteau                  Medical picked up: 11/3/14

Packet 3 Sent : 11/10/13.. Had to schedule interview appointment and attach confirmation receipt to packet

Interview Date : 12/1/14                           Interview Result : Approved !

Visa Received : 12/10/14 picked up at Jacmel location

US Entry : 12/15/14 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Marriage: 1/26/15

 

Adjustment of Status

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NOA : 3/25/15                                            Biometrics : 4/15/15

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EAD

CIS Office : Hartford                                  Filed : 3/18/15

NOA : 3/25/15                                            Approved: 6/12/15

Received: 6/20/15

 

Removal of Conditions I-751

Filed: 8/14/17 at VSC                                 NOA: 8/15/17 Received 8/21 by mail

Biometrics: Dated: 8/25/17   Received 9/2/17   Appointment 9/11/17 

Approved: 10/23/18 -no interview

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15 hours ago, CitizenJ said:

My Chinese wife's mother just died so my wife is trying to get her father to come to America for the next few months in order to look after him during this difficult time (my wife is an a green card holder). As I understand, American visa offices in Beijing are currently closed due to the virus but do you know if there are any exceptions for emergencies? I ask because I assume this isn't just China specific - I assume that many American visa offices across many different countries are closed at the moment so am thinking the might be something people have experience with. Please let me know. Thanks.

 

Here is the list of qualifications that the US Embassy/Consulates in China would consider for expedited non-immigrant visa processing.  If you think that your father-in-law may qualify, the page also has instructions for how to apply --

 

https://www.ustraveldocs.com/cn/cn-niv-expeditedappointment.asp

 

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Op, your wife's father can go and try and see; that's the only way to know for sure if he will be given an emergency visa or not. I highly doubt he will be successful but the merit of the application is decided by the CO.

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