My wife and I(USC) have been married for one year, and got married in Hong Kong. My wife is from Myanmar, but currently living with me in China. We both have one year resident permits (these are our second resident permits together in China).
In China, if you are the spouse of an expat who is living in China with a work permit/resident permit, you are allowed to follow your spouse and live with them in China. However, you are not allowed to work.
My wife and I have no intention of moving to the US at this time, however, we would love to go visit so we can spend time with family and she can decide if it would be best for us to live there in the future.
Last week, my wife went to the Guangzhou consulate to apply for her B2 visa. In the DS-160 she indicated the following:
- She has no strong ties to her home country, no land, car, job, etc.
- She has lived in three countries; Myanmar, Thailand, China
- I, her husband, is financially supporting her
- She does not have a job
I've been going back and forth to the Guangzhou consulate getting an emergency passport, and then a new passport, so I've had time to speak with the staff there and explain our situation, prior to us applying for her visa. We identified there are two potential options for us. One, she applies for a tourist visa, two she applies for a Green Card via DCF. Since we have no intention of living in the US, the consular official suggested she try to apply for a tourist visa.
During the visa interview, my wife explains the following happened:
Window 1: Gave passport. Asked "what is your itinerary?". Wife responded "I want to travel, and visit my mother-in-law." Wife was told to go to another window for finger printing.
Window 2: Finger printing
Consular Asked: "Can you speak English?"
Wife replied: "Yes."
Consular Asked: "Is your husband Chinese?"
Wife replied,:"No, he is from America."
Consular Asked: "What is your husband doing here?"
Wife replied: "He has a business here."
Consular Asked: "How did you meet?"
Wife replied: "We met in Thailand."
Consular Asked: "How long have you lived in China?"
Wife replied: "More than one year."
Consular Asked: "Can I see your husbands passport? & Do you have a marriage certificate?"
Consulate official took the passports and marriage certificates somewhere. When she came back, she told my wife "sorry your visa is being denied, here is a paper with more information."
As I replay the scenario in my head (I wasn't there, just from my wife's account), I see multiple times where she could have provided any of the multiple documents we prepared as supporting evidence during this questioning. Such as, her tentative travel itinerary, photo's of her living in China, my Chinese company information, photo's of us dating in Thailand, and even slipped in the letter I wrote explaining why we're opting for a tourist visa and not immigrant visa. - That being said, I don't fault my wife for not doing this, as she explained the questions all seemed rushed the consular official looked impatient.
There was nothing in the visa application that was not true. Can anyone suggest ways we can improve this if we opt to try again?