It's been a year since I last posted (they are embedded below). But a quick recap on my situation:
I'm a USA-Costa Rican dual citizen living in Costa Rica. Strong ties to Costa Rica, less than to USA.
My fiancé is a Thai Citizen living in Thailand.
We have no intentions of living in the USA.
The ultimate goal is for her to have a USA tourist visa to be able to transit through and visit the USA with me for the future.
Planned trip for April of 2020 to visit the USA, her application was denied (most likely due to disclosure of a US boyfriend)
Attempted to travel to Switzerland instead, her Swiss tourist visa got approved but COVID-19 forced us to cancel that.
Like most people this year, we're just tired of the separation due to the pandemic and want her move to Costa Rica. That is the current goal. She can't get into Costa Rica unless she has a Costa Rican tourist visa, US tourist or transit visa, Canadian multiple entry tourist visa or an EU residency card.
Unfortunately, a Costa Rican tourist visa is not an option at the moment because she'd need to travel to Singapore due to there being no embassy in Thailand and spend more than a week there. Then return to Thailand for a 14 day quarantine at an approved site.
We'd also like to get married at some point, but are unsure if we should do that before/after applying for the US tourist visa. There's various "visa routes" she could take, and I'd just like see what you guys would do or what differently would you recommend. Keep in mind, the short term goal is for her to get to Costa Rica, long term is for her to eventually be able to visit the USA with me. So here are the options that I see:
1. Attempt to get a USA Tourist Visa again. Most people say that if her situation hasn't changed much, then there's no reason to expect a different decision. However, others have described the process as a "lottery". Although she speaks good English, when nervous she kind of stumbles on her words and sounds less confident. I suggested she attempt to only speak Thai and be a little more assertive (not aggressive of course). And because nothing has changed in her situation and this is her second time applying, I suggested her "tone" convey, in the shortest and sweetest manner possible, that the first denial was a mistake due to language / nervousness etc. Would that be advisable? Could there be any possible benefit to us being married before her applying?
2. Attempt to get a USA Transit Visa. I know that the Tourist and Transit visa applications are no different and she'd still need to show she intends on leaving the USA. On the other hand, a transit visa exists for a reason, and if her goal is simply to get to Costa Rica to where her fiancé (me) lives, it makes sense (in my eyes at least) that she apply for a transit visa. It seems easier and more in line with the narrative. But as usual I can see the CO's thinking she's up to something or trying to trick them by switching visa types. Recommendations? If this is the better option, could she reapply for a US tourist visa once established here in Costa Rica?
3. Canadian Multiple Entry Tourist Visa. Any chance that this visa is easier to get, and is it possible to get if her intention is solely to get to Costa Rica?