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    US Citizen, my wife is from Yemen. Met in college, reunited years later, married and living life together.

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  1. From the memorandum: "Cases involving fraud or national security concerns must be referred to the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate according to local procedures." Fraud is obvious, but national security is interesting. Do we know if it's specific or general? My wife's country of citizenship is on the travel ban list, does that mean there will be an interview?
  2. From the memorandum: "Cases involving fraud or national security concerns must be referred to the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate according to local procedures." Fraud I understand. The "national security" part I'm curious about. Do we know if this regarding specific national security concerns, or general ones? My wife's country of citizenship is on the travel ban list. Does this mean we're getting another interview?
  3. My wife received her letter on Saturday. I checked and compared it to the original 18 month letter. As far as I could tell (and granted we were getting ready to attend my brother's wedding so I didn't exactly do a lab test or anything) there was no difference.
  4. Yeah I realize this. It is what it is. I'm just preparing for what might happen down the line.
  5. My wife is a current Green Card Holder with a pending I-751. She intends on applying for citizenship once she is eligible. That said, her mother (my mother-in-law) is currently living with us and has a pending asylum case (which I'm sure will take quite some time to be resolved). So my question: once a citizen, can my wife petition for her mother to get permanent residence while her mother is still in the US? I tried looking this up but couldn't find anything.
  6. So my wife locked herself out of her online account to check for any updates (don't ask me how). And the email it sends to have your account unlocked is a dead link. What does she do? Should we create a new account?
  7. My wife received her 18th month extension letter on 8/11.
  8. If it were up to me, you'd have a thorough interview process for all visas for all countries and if you can't find anything negative you let them in. Anything else ends up going down the rabbit hole of us all living in padded cells with robot overlords feeding us cups of mush so we can spend cradle to grave in safety. There's an element of risk in life that I'm willing to accept for freedom. I'm afraid I might be alone here though. Which is fine, I don't intend to live here forever.
  9. We're not talking about Europe's system, which is far different. The US already controls who comes and goes quite tightly, despite what your nightly news tells you. What the ban does is make it so that with rare exception, people from these countries cannot enter the US even for reasonable, innocent purposes. Not because of processing times,or RFEs, or anything that everyone goes through. Again, the US government already can deny a visa for any reason. They didn't need a ban.
  10. First off, it's nonsense to think we don't have assets and resources in these countries. It's very hard to hide from US intelligence radar if you're truly part of a multinational terrorist organization. Further, you have past data you can use as well. My wife for example had previously been in the US on both an A visa (her father worked as cultural attache in DC) and in a F1 student visa. No history of overstays. That doesn't fit the profile of someone coming to commit violent acts. Same with people with histories of coming to other countries and leaving without incident. This ban was not about safety. The US government already has a wide latitude to deny visas.
  11. I don't grow my own food nor did I build my car or my home, yet those things weren't done by the state. You could still have your roads and schools. They'd be done much better too. Which I take it, is not part of the ban. In other words, you're not impacted in any way, no skin in the game here.
  12. I unfortunately opened an off topic theme, but in short: all taxation is theft. I don't expect that to be popular opinion here or anywhere though. If desired, we can discuss in a more appropriate venue.
  13. First off, I don't think the process should be as onerous as it is. But, there is a difference between knowing that there is in fact an end on the horizon, and not knowing that there is at all, perhaps ever. As Thomas Sowell put it "there's nothing as permanent as a temporary government program". Asking people to be ok with the ban is an undue imposition. Sure, long distance is tough, but I've known people who make it work. Whether due to work assignments, medical school, etc. They make it work because they know at some point they'll be together. There's a difference between circumstance and unnecessary government red tape or policy. The ban isn't needed. So, in short, I don't support the ban. I don't care if that makes me anti-American because I don't support the president. I don't and I didn't support the last one. Nor any for a long time.
  14. I'd be more willing to relocate there if my stolen tax dollars weren't being used to bomb it to kingdom come. The solution could be, of course, to not have blanket bans, but case by case bans of specific people. And certainly not to claim that banning my SO from the country is supposed to be for my well being. Because it's not.
  15. I take it your spouse is from one of these countries? Which one?