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  1. Hello there. As the title of the topic states, I was having a research on how to get approved in K-1 Visa interviews and not fail. And I stumbled on a website that states that petitions are likely to be denied if there are language barriers, huge age difference, culture difference, etc. But I also read that another factor is that when the US petitioner has petitioned someone else in the past (not a K-1 Visa though, it was IR-1 or IR-2), K-1 visa interview are most likely to get denied. Is this true? All your comments and replies will be appreciated. Thank you!
  2. I've got a Russian friend that's been looking for study at a foreign English school, and she's chosen the US. She's spent the last few months planning everything out; she got all the required paper work, got an invitation from the school, booked an apartment, got a bank statement ready, as well as other proof of ties to her country (She's got a car, attends a masters program part time, and even has an apartment given to her by her parents). The language course starts mid-June. She went for the interview at the Moscow Embassy and was rejected outright. The immigration officer asked her a few generic questions in broken Russian, asked for the invitation from the school, as well as her passport, and rejected her without even asking for her bank statement or anything else (even after my friend offered to show her). Is this typical? She had hired an agent of some sort to help with the visa process, and her whole office is very surprised at the rejection. They aren't really sure what to make of it, and the only advice she offered is to try again. My friend had also mentioned that it seemed from the pile of passports that this immigration officer had less than half the accepted applicants than the one next door. I don't know what to make of it all. It seems likes she was rejected outright based off looks, or even the region she was born in. I recognize that she has a few things that could be going against her. She's young (early 20s), and isn't currently working. She's from a fairly well-off family and is having this entire trip paid for by her parents. But these hardly seem like reasons for a denial. Now with a denial on her record, it will make things even harder. All the proof she brought with her of ties to her home country weren't even looked at. Has anyone else had anything like this happen, and if so, how did you go about correcting it?
  3. My husband was denied entry on his plane last night by Air Canada in the Lima, Peru airport. He had his passport, expired green card, and his I-797 notice of action showing that his green card is extended a year and he is authorized for travel while we wait for the removal of conditions on his green card. He also had an ETA (electronic travel authorization), which as far as I can tell, is all that is needed for a US permanent resident to travel to/through Canada. His flight goes through Toronto before entering the US. He was told that the I-797 was not a valid travel document. Has anyone else had similar problems? Any suggestions about what we can do to get him home? All Air Canada agents on the phone are very unhelpful, and they no agents arrive in the airport until 10pm, so he wasn't able to speak with anyone this afternoon. We're looking at other airlines, but don't want to pay an outrageous cost for a new ticket when there's no valid reason he's being denied entry.
  4. We have already been approved by USCIS and are waiting for our packet to be sent to NVC and then the U.S. embassy in Ghana. I am so sad because I just read that people have been denied for submitting pictures of their traditional engagement ceremony. We had a traditional knocking ceremony at my dad's house in Ghana, wearing matching cloth. My mother, sister and none of my family and friends from America are there. I also have pictures of me announcing this as an engagement on Facebook. We did not get married. But we included lots of pictures of us with my dying father, his parents, and our family. I'm trying not to cry but it looks like we're screwed! Even if I tell my fiance not to take the pictures to the interview, we've already submitted them in the petition, which the embassy will see. Even though I've included wedding invitations, wedding contracts in the petition, will they still think we're married? This is a horrible mistake that many Americans would make thinking that it will help them. I'm mad and sad at the same time. I am 29 years old and I don't want to wait another 2 years to marry my fiance! I have also spent THOUSANDS of dollars on wedding venue, invitations, DJ, photographer, etc. Please someone help! I am praying and ultimately trusting in God. However, I am really discouraged now. Is there anything that we can do to counter this? Also, what is frontloading?
  5. Good day, i need some advice. I am from the Bahamas , was travelling from the Bahamas to US . I Was refused entry i believe its because CBP thought my intent is to remain in the US . My passport was stamped WD 2 7A1 , what does this mean and can it be removed . Also he said i must bring in documents two show stronger ties , i have two jobs so i got two job letters , utility bills , school letters etc , will this help? Also i have only traveled to Us once and have not over stayed , also travel on police record will i need a Visa now because im ineligible for a visa . Thank you
  6. Hello all, I'm hoping someone will be able to offer some advice, I've see a few posts on various forums about this particular matter but have yet to see an answer or definitive outcome to this situation. Some context about my case - For nearly two years I have been working on my O1 visa case with my lawyers; Kate Raynor & Associates. I have two job offers in Los Angeles waiting for me as a musician; one to join a band and the other to be an on call session guitarist to one of LA's top song writer/producers. We submitted my case with USCIS in June 2017 to which I was asked for more evidence. I was annoyed but did as requested and gathered more evidence then re-submitted at the end of October 2017. I then received a positive outcome mid December 2017 stating my O1 visa had been approved. I booked an appointment for my interview and to send off my passport to get stamped at the US embassy in London on January 3rd 2018. The interview didn't go as expected as I was told they would need to review my case further, the next day I received an email from the embassy with a 'notification of revocation'. The decision will now go back to USCIS who will either agree with the London embassy's recommendation to revoke my visa, or they might still think I deserve the O1 (I would think they would side with the embassy though). The average response time from USCIS seems to be about 6-12 months, possibly longer. As anyone can understand this is pretty ridiculous as no job offer will realistically wait indefinitely for an answer, even if it is positive, especially in the music industry. I have been given no specific reason as to why they are trying to revoke my visa other than one short line in the email saying 'The request for revocation is based on further administrative review of the applicant’s qualifications conducted subsequent to your visa interview at Embassy London.' This seems incredibly unreasonable as the interview only lasted about 5 minutes, I was asked about 5--10 questions which were somewhat vague, so I was unable to talk about 90% of the evidence that granted me the initial approval. It also appeared the consular officer who interviewed me had no previous knowledge of my case, so was basing the entirety of his decision on my answers in that moment. Does anyone have any knowledge/experience on how to resolve this matter quickly, ideally with the visa ultimately being approved? (as it has been approved in principal in the US). This decision will have massive long term ramifications on my life as, from now on, if I travel to any other country and they ask if I have ever been denied a visa, I will have to say yes and explain why. This will obviously count against me and will potentially impact my ability to work as, being a musician, I'm often required to travel all over the world for gigs. So the embassy's decision to refuse a visa to work in the US will now risk my ability to work anywhere else. It will also affect the band and producer who have offered me jobs as they will now have to start looking for other guitarists to fill my spot until this matter can be resolved, which again will affect their ability to work and progress. Thanks for reading, I can give more info if needed, I didn't want to post too much straight away as that'll probably scare people off! Jake
  7. So, my boyfriend(ex husband) and I have rekindled our relationship, we were married in January of 2016, got together in May of 2015. (never filed any documents ) and because of distance things fell off and we divorced. Now since August of 2018 we have gotten back together and decided that will re marry and want to live together here in the USA. I am a US citizen. Because we were once married and divorced will that affect our application? Do we have to submit our decrees? He also just recently went to get a B2 visa and was denied, we were shocked because he had a student visa before, didnt overstay and he works, studies, has finances and vehicles etc. But anywho, we will go through the cr1 process, id like to know will all these things affect our process.
  8. Billandlhay

    Tourist visa while waiting for k1

    Me and my fiancé understands that K1 visa processing would take about 7 months and that is such a long wait for us. I read it here that it is possible for me (from Philippines) to visit US thru a tourist visa while K1 is still in process. I applied for a tourist visa last January and I got denied, might be because my fiance's divorce is not final yet that time or might be because of my status, since the consul handed me that blue sheet with the details of section 214. And now we are thinking about filing B2 visa again, while we are processing the K1. What are the chances of having my tourist visa approved this time? Any same case as me here? Would appreciate replies. Thank you.
  9. I had my interview on the 9th August 2016 at the US consulate Islamabad, the usual routine and was given 221g form with denied mentioned on it. i have created this topic to get to know the usual wait time for AP in 2016, as previously the AP average time was almost 6 months to an year, whereas in 2016 its average time is 3 to 6 weeks. kindly share your cases. thanks.
  10. As the title says, my husband and I have applied for a visa last year and yesterday he went to his final.interview and they flat out denied the visa Do my on the reason that we met on facebook 6 years ago. My father was a avodite of support and makes 66k per year. I went last year to Pakistan to visit him so we could use that as proof. We gave them ample proof as to our marriage, relationship beyond facebook and that we were completely able to take care of ourselves but regardless of all the proof, it was flat out denied just because we initially on facebook. Is that even a legal reason? What steps should I take next? My husband has informed me that they have denied every single visa of couples who met on facebook. Is there any justace I cam get for this? It's such a bad excuse. Please someone help. I have known him for 6 years. We really wanna be together but we are at a loss at this point.
  11. We had our interview in Montreal today for our K1 visa. Everything seem to go well except the interview didn't approve or deny our visa. He simply said he would get back to us "soon", but gave no timeline. He did keep all of our original documents and passport. I was under the impression that you were approved/denied on the spot, but we seem to be in limbo. Has anyone ever experienced this? If so, what kind of timeline can we expect an answer one way or another.
  12. Hi all - very helpful thread (below) about visiting the US with a pending CR1. In summary, appears that visiting the US on a valid tourist (B2) visa is technically permitted and most often approved for spouses who are undergoing the CR1 visa process. If a spouse is denied entry at the border on a tourist visa and sent home (presumably because an immigration officer suspects intent to remain in the US and purpose of visit that is not tourism), does that then have a major negative impact on the ongoing CR1 visa process? Does it cancel or annul the process? Or, is it just a denied tourist entry, and has no impact on the visa process? This seems like a huge difference in risk of a canceled process vs. a missed trip. Thanks for any ideas and perspectives. My spouse, currently in the middle of a CR1 visa process, spent nearly 90 days in the US recently. She now plans to return to Brazil for one month, and then return to the US for three weeks to attend 2 weddings. I imagine this is a relatively higher risk scenario given her recent 90 day stay, though am hopeful that because she's been in the US for only 90 days of the last 365, and has a clear and legitimate reason for visiting (2 weddings, with invitations and photos), both help to minimize her risk of problems at the border. Thank you! Brandon
  13. Hello everyone, My husband and I are planning to have our wedding this summer in July of 2018. My husband's family is in Cambodia and applied for B1/B2 tourist visa's for our wedding. HIs parents, 1 aunt, and 1 niece all applied. His niece is the only one who can speak English, but she was denied and the others approved. They said she didn't show significant ties to her home country. We are going to reapply right away, and I'm going to write an affidavit letter of support and have it notarized, also we are going to have her bring her school schedule showing her final exams are in July AFTER our wedding, and that she must come back to complete her University and graduate. Also we are showing that she is working in the family business and wants to stay in the business. My question is, would it be helpful to also say she is engaged to be married in Cambodia, even though she isn't? And, is there anything else I can do to help her attain the tourist visa besides sending the letter of support and preparing her for how to answer the questions to convince them she wants and needs to come back to Cambodia? Thanks in advance for any help or advice!!! Becky
  14. Our K1 Visa was denied after the inteview. We are both baffled as to the reason. I'm told that an appeal can be filed within 33 days, but I'm worried the USCIS still may take months to send us a letter (and even then, I'm not sure they specify the reason). After the interview, my fiance was handed a paper that said: "After the interview and a thorough review of your visa application, the consular officer found that you are not eligible for the visa category in which you are applying. The fiancé/fiancée petition (Form I-129F) your petitioner filed on your behalf will be returned to U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once it has been returned, the Consulate General no longer has jurisdiction over this case. If you or your petitioner contacts the Consulate, no specific information will be provided nor will additional documents be accepted." Through an online form, we asked the Consulate for the reason. They replied with the exact same words as above. Does anyone know how we can find out the specific reason for the denial? We are both sick of waiting and don't know what to do next.
  15. Hi everyone, I came to the US with k1 visa and we'll have our AOS interview soon. My husband is unemployed since we got here and we live with his parents who were our cosponsors. Is it possible to be denied because he doesn't have a job?
  16. I'm a USC married to an intending immigrant. We applied for I-485 & I-130 1.5 years ago. We got our first RFE due to my insufficient income. So my sister agreed to become our joint sponsor, thus fulfilling that requirement. We did the interview, but then got another RFE for the AOS a couple months ago (10 months after the interview!!) to prove bona fide validity of marriage. We submitted that evidence recently. However, during the long dragged-out time, some personal things occurred to my sister where she's no longer able to sponsor us - so she wants to withdraw. On a positive note, I've also been able to earn more income via self employment + gain liquid cash assets (with proof) — meaning my anticipated income for 2018 exceeds the min. $20,575 required. Although my filed 2017 taxes of $14,500 don't meet it due to deductions. If my sister sends in the withdrawal letter prior to decision being made, how long will it take for my wife's I-130 & I-485 to get denied? ONCE denied, is it viable for us to re-apply with me as primary sponsor using my new income, or motion to re-open the case with new evidence? Or should I proactively withdraw our application to avoid denial and re-apply from scratch? We want to minimize the chances of my wife having to leave the country. Getting a new joint sponsor is unlikely, so suggesting that won't help. Another option is my wife quickly applying for the O1 visa as a short-term solution (she could qualify). Thanks!
  17. I'm a USC married to an intending immigrant. We applied for I-485 & I-130 1.5 years ago. We got our first RFE due to my insufficient income. So my sister agreed to become our joint sponsor, thus fulfilling that requirement. We did the interview, but then got another RFE for the AOS a couple months ago (10 months after the interview!!) to prove bona fide validity of marriage. We submitted that evidence recently. However, during the long dragged-out time, some personal things occurred to my sister where she's no longer able to sponsor us - so she wants to withdraw. On a positive note, I've also been able to earn more income via self employment + gain liquid cash assets (with proof) — meaning my anticipated income for 2018 exceeds the min. $20,575 required. Although my filed 2017 taxes of $14,500 don't meet it due to deductions. If my sister sends in the withdrawal letter prior to decision being made, how long will it take for my wife's I-130 & I-485 to get denied? ONCE denied, is it viable for us to re-apply with me as primary sponsor using my new income, or motion to re-open the case with new evidence? Or should I proactively withdraw our application to avoid denial and re-apply from scratch? We want to minimize the chances of my wife having to leave the country. Getting a new joint sponsor is unlikely. Another option is my wife quickly applying for the O1 visa as a short-term solution (she could qualify).
  18. So, my father was refused of a us visa because he was convicted of crime involving moral torpitude. Can we still apply for a waiver? We are very confused, we need help.
  19. Hello, in November of 2017 I entered customs on an ESTA but returned because I was unfamiliar with the ESTA and did not know I could not apply for work. I was coming to the US to visit my now fiance. They stamped my passport, it says "Refused in accordance INA Section 217 R04047 212 A 7 A I I". They said I could no longer use the ESTA program and to come back on a different Visa. We have applied for K1 and are waiting for our NOA2. Because of this stamped in my passport and probably noted in my record, will this effect my entry on the K1 visa? Any help would be appreciated.
  20. I need advice/someone been through this I’m here in the US with my husband. We are on M-1/M-2 visa. We applied for extension two months before our i-94 date expires. We just received that our i-539 is denied. I’m currently 38 weeks pregnant which means I can’t fly. We applied for OPT (optional practical training) but haven’t received anything yet. 1) My i-94 has expired but I filed the extension 60 days before and now I can’t fly. What to do? 2) Is the i-539 form related to the opt? Does that mean the opt will be denied too?
  21. Please move to the right forum if this isn't the right place. I wanted to create a google doc spreadsheet showing the timeline from the interview thru reaffirm till the interview decision. I believe this will help give everyone a good estimate as to how long they can expect to wait. Please copy and paste in your comment with your responses. When I have enough dates, I will share for everyone to be able to keep up with it I will need help from all of you folks especially through the Ghana embassy to fill out this information below: Username: Provide the following dates if you have them: Interview: Received at NVC : Received at USCIS: Received NOIR/NOID: Reaffirmed : Sent to embassy (date, that it left the USA): Arrival at embassy: Interview Date: Approved? (Y/N): if we don't have something like this, we will keep posting here and asking people for estimates when we could all chip in to get the estimates. The spreadsheet will calculate the number of days it takes from one step to another. Let's make this happen. Thank you guys!
  22. Hello everyone one .I am the new one in visa journey. I will be grateful to you that if you guide me .I applied for k1 visa .the co kept my passport in Islamabad embassy and for 7 months my case status was ready .3 days before it turned to refused .What should I do now ???
  23. I recently moved back to the US after living in Moscow, and invited my boyfriend of two years to come visit for a couple weeks to meet my family. We are planning a future together but there was never any intention to overstay in the U.S. or illegally work here. He is Russian and has a managerial position at a reputable tech company in Moscow and is completing his Master’s degree at a top university. He applied for the visa in Kiev because the Moscow embassy is completely booked. After the interview, he was denied, because he mentioned his relationship to me. They didn't believe he wouldn't just stay in the US. He can pay again and schedule another interview there for next week and return, but now he's been denied once and it’s possible he may even meet with the same interviewer. The US Embassy in Ukraine also has a 40% denial rate for visas. So... He has already spent $600+ in embassy fees and travel costs to get this visa, to no avail. That's not mentioning the 12-hour train rides to Kiev and back... I feel so bad. 
Please, does anyone have experience with this? Advice? Should we try again at this same embassy? Replies would be appreciated, thank you!
  24. My step-daughter was just denied a visa to come to America at her interview in Guangzhou China. I am an American citizen and was the petitioner. They said they need proof of the mother's status in America, such as a green card. My wife is in the process of getting a green card but it will take another year or two because of the changes under the Trump administration. I thought since I was the petitioner, my wife's status would not matter. Nothing in the directions said they needed any evidence of my wife's status. They only needed proof that I was truly her step-father. Did the consulate in Guangzhou make a mistake? What can I do besides waiting 2 years for my wife's green card? My step-daughter is already 15 now.
  25. Hi everyone. my father is US citizen by US parents (he was 16 when register), I on the other hand was never registered as. When I was 16 he thought it was a good idea to move our family to de US Not Legally. He later merried my mom and tried to make me a resident with some of the immigration visa. We lived in the US for 4 years I went to school there. But It got denied because of lack of evidence because my birth certificate has a late registration (yea..). I was punished for 10 years. He then applied for an appeal I think and never got an answer he said. Now I'm 32 and I have a daughter and she's US citizen by her father. my question is, can my father still do something for me, like going to the consulate and asking for my certificate or passport or something as he should've done when I was little? Is there any opportunity there? P.s. That was almost 15 years ago.. That case died.
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