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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!
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