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  1. Yes, I understand this clearly. Transiting the USA means entering the USA, unlike most countries. If US transit visas have longer validity periods as I initially assumed, my thinking was that although both require overcoming the same assumption of intent to immigrate, a CO might "buy" the narrative and it seems less complicated for my fiancée to explain. Example, for a transit visa: "I want to visit my fiancé that lives in Costa Rica, there's no Costa Rican embassy in Thailand but they accept US visas for entry which is why I need a US transit visa." Or for a tourist visa: "I want to visit my fiancé that lives in Costa Rica, there's no Costa Rican embassy in Thailand but they accept US visas for entry. He also has family in the US so I'd like to use it to visit the US." Now that I read this, both ways sound kind of confusing. I don't know. I think I'm just stuck and a bit stressed out. I really don't know how to help her practice answering CO type questions. The "simple" truth just sounds too long and complicated when spoken out loud. Sucks because the first denial really hit her hard, I wish I could do more. Anyway, thanks to everyone for your responses.
  2. Ah, my bad, I thought a transit visa would have a similar validity period as the tourist visa. The Costa Rica embassy website says it permits entry for those with C1 multiple entry (which I imagine just means able to do a round trip transit through the US within 29 days). This could work for a short visit to Costa Rica, and I guess it would appear "positive" that she would have entered/exited the US without overstaying for future visa applications. What I don't know is if being denied for a tourist visa once would make re-applying but for a transit visa seem even more suspicious. I know it's all speculation, but hearing other's "what I would do is..." does help. Costa Rica is different than the USA. According to a lawyer I consulted with, one can enter as a tourist, marry a Costa Rican national or resident and then apply for a temporary residence visa. In fact, I think it has to be done this way in the case of foreign national spouses because embassies don't process marriage visas, but I'm not sure if this was just what was suggested to me in this case. While the application is being processed, they are permitted to stay in the country or return home if they wish. So, in the case that she goes for the transit visa and to be able to enter Costa Rica, she'd need to book a round trip for a 2 - 3 week "visit". Of course, she'd arrive in Costa Rica with the correct legalized documents to get married/visa, apply for the residence visa and then remain here for the processing time until approval. With such a short validity period on the transit visa I don't think this is an ideal route though. I've got to figure out if a marriage certificate would be ready to be issued within 3 weeks to be presented to the immigration department for the visa...
  3. 1. The embassy website says that routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services has resumed as of October 1st , 2020. 3. I was mistaken, in the previous post I said her parents visas only had a validity of 1 year when it is actually 10 years. No, they didn't visit yet.
  4. 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? Thanks!
  5. This makes me curious... I know this is the CR1/IR1 section so I don't want to dip too much into K1 visa questions, but could using a K1 to only get married in the US and then returning to our home country abroad "help" her on future B2 applications? I can see how marriage would make a CO "iffy", however wouldn't it make them consider my (being the future spouse) situation more? If I recall correctly, a DS160 does ask if you have a spouse and where that spouse resides. I'm gonna look into this more... Switzerland in May! Next year will be Costa Rica. We're gonna wait a bit for the B2. Fill her passport up a bit more She'll try again someday. She know's what to expect now. Thank you to all who replied
  6. I made a post in the B2 visa section explaining my situation in a little more depth. Basically it boils down to this: I'm a US citizen but I live abroad permanently and have no intention of moving to the US. My girlfriend is aThai Citizen and she doesn't want to reside in the US either. We've been together for 6 years and plan on getting married soon. She applied for a B2 with the purpose of visiting me and a few of my family members that live in the US but was denied (although her parents were approved). She has a good job, stable income, owns land/home and is educated. Even with all that and evidence of my own ties to my home (not the USA), the CO still considered her a risk. It doesn't seem like getting Married will help her get a B2, since they'll consider her ties to me (and thus, the US in their minds) are even stronger. We really would like to visit the US though, especially thinking about the future. I do still have family in the US, after all... Is there anyway for my future wife to get a spouse visa without us having to actually reside in the USA?
  7. I did suggest at one point for her to say that the B would be used as a transit visa to costa rica, which it would in some unplanned future visit, but then assumed they'd just say "wrong visa, reapply for a transit ". Now that she's marked with "US boyfriend" ... not sure it'll matter to them even with a ticket booked to CR.
  8. I guess lol... at least there's that! What's funny is that a year ago I consulted with a distant family friend who was an immigration lawyer. She made it seem that my girlfriend wasn't gonna have an issue getting a visa, but that it would be her parents most likely getting the denial. Would've preferred that scenario to be honest !
  9. Maybe it's hopeless... You're either lucky or you're doomed. At the very least, would attempting to apply for a US transit visa be any easier? Airfare from SE Asia to Central America via Europe is more expensive and much more limited in terms of flights than going through the US.
  10. Well, I got an update... My girlfriend was refused the B2 visa. However, her parents were granted B2 visas with 1 year validity. I read that Thai people can receive up to 10 years but I'm not sure what determines this factor. This was done at the embassy in Bangkok. The CO was polite, conducted the interview in English, barely even looked at her parents and didn't request to see any evidence / documents. He asked these 7 questions: 1. What is the purpose of travel to the USA 2. What do you do for work? 3. Where does your Boyfriend Come From? 4. So he is a US Citizen? 5. What does your Bf do there? 6. Have you ever been to another Country? 7. What do your parents do? She did not lie or try to hide any information. Only the truth and only what was asked. When we practiced interview questions, I suggested she refer to me initially as a Costa Rican boyfriend with US family (because that is true), but to clearly state I am a US citizen if they ask where I was born or my citizenship etc. On question 3 her answer was "He lives in Costa Rica but he was born in California". Obviously I didn't hear how she expressed it. I'm clearly biased by giving her the benefit of the doubt since I know her, but I wonder if the CO assumed she was lying or trying to trick him. Either way, she had documentation to back it up. I'd like to think that if the CO bothered to ask questions 5 and 6 (after US citizen bf disclosure), then that might've been the opportunity to really "sell" how I have more ties to Costa Rica than to the US. If having a US citizen Boyfriend is an automatic no to a B2 applicant, then why would they care what I do? Then again, maybe it's just to establish some kind of record regarding a "US Cit Bf" so the CO on her future reapplication can clearly see dialogue involving a "bf". Also, question 6 was answered with only a "Never". A bit weak. Anyway, there's not much else to do except reapply. Bummed out, but sort of expected it. Didn't hurt to try. Next course of action would probably be for her to visit Costa Rica via Europe a couple of times. Hopefully that'll lend truth to the information she revealed and show the CO she does return to her home country.
  11. I've noticed that. Most posts I've found seem to say it wasn't an issue. It appears that legally you have to "click-sign" your own application unless you are exempt, though. I wonder if anyone has ever been questioned on this or denied a visa for submitting something online they technically didn't sign ("click").
  12. We all know that the B2 visa applicant has to sign (click) their own online DS160 application. The helper can fill everything out, but can't "click" sign. If a helper uses their own computer to fill out the applicant's online DS160 from within country A, and the applicant located in country B uses their mobile device to remote access (via teamviewer) the helper's computer to sign, the signature-click / submission will be shown to have taken place in country A, (associated with country A IP address and internet connection) correct? Would this be an issue to a CO if they notice this? How could you demonstrate that it was the applicant making the click remotely if they were to ask? Curious about this and thought it be an interesting topic.
  13. That's probably the case for lots of people, unfortunately. Strange how strong ties are a must, but even with the strongest ties you can get denied. That's life I guess. She's definitely not going to lie about anything. The main worry is that they'll instantly deny her and her parents without asking any questions. Is it normal for the (any) US embassy to deny some applicants and only grant one or a few a B2 if they're applying as a family? Or is the intent to immigrate risk evaluated as a group? On the DS 160 where it asks for the US contact's name, they put my grandmother instead of my name since the plan is that they'll stay in my grandparents home. My gf is ready to clearly explain the visit/plan in depth if the CO really needs it, but is there any reason that perhaps I am not seeing for her to have put my name on the US contact instead? .
  14. Thanks for your input. How should she answer certain questions? For example, "what is the purpose of your visit?" Obviously to visit my family and I is the purpose. I'm guessing a large part of approval/denial is how you answer too. What if she says (on behalf of herself and her parents since parents don't speak English) something to the effect of "My boyfriend will be on vacation from university visiting his family in the USA between x and x months for 2 weeks.We were able to request time off from our jobs so we accepted their invitation to visit and meet his paternal family for the first time." ? I can also see that there might not be a single "right" way to answer...
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