My wife has been with me in the US for 11 years. We have talked about her mother visiting us. So I secretly helped her get a passport and visa appointment, with the help of my sister in law. I wanted to surprise my wife with her mom visiting us for Thanksgiving. Today, she had her tourist visa interview. DENIED!
She's 60, not working due to disability, married, owns own home, has 5 adult kids (3 living in her home). Was coming by herself for a month.
They have her that generic "you didn't show ties" paper. BS. But they told her like everybody else that she can re-apply. In Costa Rica, tourist visa applications is a nice little business.
I mean what is she supposed to do? She's old, and she's leaving her home, husband, kids, and grandkids there to visit us here. Where's the risk? What am I missing?
And the screwed up thing is that there's nothing she can do to change her situation to re-apply. They will just deny her again. Basically, poor blue collared working people have almost no chance to come to the US. I understand that some people will probably not get a visa because they are high risk. Like my sister-in-law, single, about 30, some education, no real steady job. Then again I know 2 woman in Costa Rica who are hookers and they both have tourist visas. It's very much luck of the draw, but once they deny you, chances of approval get worse, not better, I think.