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  1. I’m from the Philippines and I’m traveling to the US next month. I read that an IPV (Inactive Polio Vaccine) is needed? And an International Vaccine Certificate from the Bureau of Quarantine should be issued to be presented to the Immigration Officer? if so, where can we get this vaccine? Is the Bureau of Quarantine the only administering agency? Or can we get vaccinated elsewhere? if we get the vaccine elsewhere, how can we get this International Vaccine Certificate from BOQ? Will they honor it?
  2. I see there may be as many as five or six months between NOA2 approval and the Consular visit. We hope to receive the NOA2 within a month or two (PD is 10/11/2018) but would like to visit the US for the holidays in November or December. Any chance on getting a tourist visa for my Brazilian wife? She has been to the US many times without violating the dates of previous visas.
  3. Can one enter the US on ESTA (visa waiver program) while already holding the K1 visa? My fiancé may have to visit the US (as a tourist) to prepare for his permanent move before he resigns from his job in London and move to the US (under the K1). Is this possible? Has anyone done it before? Thanks
  4. Hey everyone, I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but I need help or guidance on where I could find the information I need. I live in the USA and my mother is Colombian born and a venezuela naturalized citizen. She is currently living in Venezuela and her USA tourist visa is on her Venezuelan passport. The USA currently cut ties with Venezuela and we are not allowing flights from Venezuela into the USA, so my mother has to travel from Colombia instead. My mom will be traveling with both passports because she is not allowed to enter/exit Colombia with any other passport, but her Colombian passport since she is a Colombian citizen. Now, this is the part that it gets tricky. When my mom's family migrated to Venezuela a mistake was made on her immigration paperwork saying she was born April 24th 1951, so all her Venezuelan paperwork and passport states she was born on the 24th (she was like 5 years old so she didn't know what was going on), but her Colombian birth certificate actually states she was born on the 25th of April. She didn't realize this until recently when she received her Colombian passport. This was never fixed and now she has two passports (from Colombia and Venezuela) with two different days of birth. Per the USA Embassy they told me that my mother wouldn't be able to enter the USA with her Colombian passport because it doesn't match her US Visa. She would be okay entering the USA with her Venezuelan passport though. My question is, does US customs check for exit stamps from the country of origin? The reason why I ask this is because Colombia will stamp her exit stamp on her Colombian passport and if they do verify this I'm afraid they will give her a hard time about this. I'm just trying to find out the information I need to confirm that she wouldn't have issues entering the US. Her visa is still valid, she has come to the US so many times in the past with no issues, but of course she was coming from Venezuela. This is her first time traveling from Colombia and that's why I'm not sure if she will encounter any issues. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you,
  5. Hello, I want to apply for a tourist visa, the thing is that I already applied in May of this year but it got denied because I don't have strong ties to this country, I am Peruvian but I've been living here in Colombia for more than 10 years with my mother and she works independently in her own clothing brand. I am currently a college student and with money that my grandpa gave me I traveled the last month to Germany by myself for a week (that money was meant to be for my trip to the US), in that trip I met a family of 3 from Chicago that stayed at the same hotel as me and went to the same tours as me too, we got along pretty well and they want to invite me now to the US where they live. I want to apply this month here in Colombia to visit them in November (where I have my break from college) before Christmas so I can spend holidays in Peru with my family. They want to give me an invitation letter specifying how we met and that they want me to visit them. I'm 21 years old. Is it very unlikely to have my visa accepted since it got denied a few months ago but I went to Germany and I got back to my country of residence? An invitation letter would help? The last time that I applied I had hotel reservations, a letter from my University saying how much my degree program last and bank receipts to prove that I have enough money and financial history of that, the consult didn't ask me for them, she just saw my passport and by that time I only had seals from Colombia, I think I have a better chance now because I have a seal from a first world country (the entry and exit seal from the European Union). In the last interview I said that I didn't met anyone in the US but the second degree cousin of my mom that I haven't talked to in years. (Should I put in my application that I have family there?) Thanks for your help.
  6. Hi Folks, I'm curious if anyone has had any experience with this situation. Our current status is that the K1/K2 visa packages are at the US Embassy in the Philippines. DS160 has been completed. Interview has not been scheduled and the Medical Exams have not been completed. Sadly we're waiting on some documents from the DSWD (4+ months now) for her adopted son (she's had him since he was 1 day old. He's 14 now. The original paperwork wasn't completed correctly) so that we can complete the K1/K2 visa process. So the question - has anyone had any luck receiving a tourist visa for a fiance under these circumstances? My 22 year old daughter is getting married in November and we'd really like for my K1 fiance to be able to come to the wedding even if it's on a single entry tourist visa. Thanks in advance for your help!
  7. so today my wife was denied her tourist visa for the second time. first time we were not married and I just tried to sponsor her. We got married in a Catholic Church on July 1 2018 in Bali 6 months after her first interview. We did marriage classes and I even got baptized. this is a legit marriage. she has only traveled once to Thailand with me and never traveled anywhere else than that. Her passport is valid with the one visa stamp from Thailand which the agent looked at. My wife owns her own event organizing business which she built from the ground up after her first husband died in a motorcycle accident . She had one daughter from that marriage. She provided for her daughter while she worked as a single mom in Bali originally from Java Indonesia. Her ties are strong in Indonesia. Family, Business , Cars, Properties she will inherit one day, and most of all Indonesian Pride. She has no desire to live permanently outside of Indonesia. first letter I received: this is a standard letter issued to all request and complaints regarding questions on denial...... Thank you for your email. We are writing in response to your letter to the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit concerning the nonimmigrant visa case of Veronica Virgawati. Visa applications are adjudicated in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). While visa records cannot be disclosed to third parties, the majority of refusals occur under section 214(b) of the INA. This section of the law explicitly presumes every visitor visa applicant to be an intending immigrant and places the burden of disproving this presumption on the applicant. We assure you that the Consular Section scrutinizes every application and works hard to issue visas to all qualified applicants. As explained above, consular officers are required by law to presume that all applicants are intending immigrants to the United States, and to judge solely the qualifications of the applicants themselves. Each applicant must, on his or her own merits, establish eligibility to receive a U.S. visa. Representations by third parties or supporting documentation cannot establish visa eligibility for an applicant. Consular officers examine each application individually to determine whether the applicant qualifies for visa issuance according to U.S. immigration law and regulation. When determining eligibility for a visa, the officer takes into consideration the applicant’s entire situation, including family, community, professional, and economic ties to the applicant’s home country as well as prior travel history and any ties to the United States. Visa adjudications are final and cannot be appealed. Reconsideration for a visa can only happen in the context of a new visa interview. Applicants who wish to reapply must follow the same application procedures as before. A refusal under section 214(b) is not permanent and she may reapply for a visa at any time. However, we recommend that applicants wait until they are able to present new evidence which addresses the previous grounds of ineligibility. Please note that reapplying is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued. We assure you that any future application will be given every possible consideration consistent with U.S. immigration law. We hope this information is helpful. Sincerely, Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Consular Section U.S. Consulate General Surabaya ConSurabaya@state.gov second letter from consulate: As we explained, we cannot provide specific details to you about your wife’s case due to privacy laws. Visa adjudications are final and cannot be appealed. Documents are not considered as part of the visa application process. Eligibility for a visa is determined via an assessment of the ties presented in the application and interview. This is the worldwide standard. Regards, Nonimmigrant Visa Unit Consular Section U.S. Consulate General Surabaya ConSurabaya@state.gov http://www.ustraveldocs.com/id questions asked during interview in order 1. Did you get refused for your visa application last time you were here? Answer : yes 2. When did you get married ? answer: July 1st 2018 3. What does your husband do for work? answer: sales manager of a roofing company in Colorado Springs Colorado USA. 4.what do you do for work? Answer I am a event organizer (she’s actually the owner/ operator which is on the application ) 5. What is your income and why is it more money than last year ? answer: because I have increasing revenue. (she had more clients this year, they doubled but this was not clarified) 6. Do you have kids? If you go to USA then who will take care of her? Answer: she is 26 years old , she can take care of herself. 7. What is your reason for wanting to visit the USA ? answer: Visiting my parents in-law. Q~Who is “David .....” A~ he is my father in law. Q-Who is Gerald ..... A~my husband 8. She repeated same question twice : how old is your daughter? Answer : 26 Consulate agent started to type her notes and then told my wife; sorry, you are ineligible to visit the USA . handed her paper with information for rejected applicants. my wife was in awww and shock and left the building. there were about 130 applicants and 4 were rejected . My wife being one of them. The ones that that were rejected came alone, the others that were approved were either couples or families. I am a is citizen who works part time in the states, don’t i have a right to have my wife accompany me , and does she not have a right to meet her family in law in the states. if we wanted to , we could just apply for. Immigrant visa and be approved but we wouldn’t stay permanently. Neither of us want to live in the USA. i understand that the consulate automatically assumes all tourist visas have intentions of migrating.... but this is not the case with us. We will apply again next year even though we can apply before that. my father has Parkinson’s and my mom has dementia and both are 80 this June 2019. I want her to meet them as they are wanting to meet her. my question to the community of this website: what are we doing wrong? How do we show strong ties when she has already? We think she is showing strong ties. The questions on the application don’t really prove evidence either so how are they just assuming she doesn’t have ties? Unless of course they just automatically deny all married to foreigner applicants with no family going with them? Do they assume all marriages are fake just so they can become a us citizen? please advise us on what we should do. thank you for taking the time to read this. i am on halo bule on every social platform if you want to contact me.
  8. Hello, I badly needed help as I missed my mom so much. My husband and I have been married for good 5years. We are in and out once a year to visit my family back in the Philippines. I just also received my permanent GC last year. I’m a housewife and only work for a year and half for the last 6 years here in the US. ( I mentioned it just in case I needed to support my mom) my husband and I have a stable rental business. My questions are; How can I start the process of bringing my mom here in the US? Is it true that Tourist Visa is faster than if I petition her? what are the requirements I need to prepare for her side ahead of time? How long the Tourist Visa can deny nor approved? All answers will highly appreciated. Please let me know as soon as possible what to do. Thanks to all. x
  9. So I applied for a tourist visa months ago, last February to be exact. Before I even submitted the form online, I tried to read a lot about the application process, ask people about it, the usual things someone would do to get a visa. See, I'm in a long distance relationship with someone in the US. We haven't met yet and since he's not able to visit here at the moment (financial issues), I tried applying for the visa to go visit him instead. People say that when applying for the visa, ALWAYS TELL NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and that's what I did. Everything I put on the application and everything I said on the interview were all true. I was kind of hoping that I would get approved because I have travelled to Europe because of my previous work and I was still under a 1 year contract with the company I'm currently working under. I don't know why I got denied? I was thinking maybe because of our situation? Him being younger than me and us just meeting online I would really appreciate your answer. thank you
  10. https://www.apnews.com/0815ec29fa2041d2874f28cb365e91d4 US eliminates coveted 5-year tourist visa for Cubans By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEINMarch 15, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, people wait their turn to enter the U.S. Interests Section to apply for U.S. travel visas, in Havana, Cuba. The U.S. State Department said Friday, March, 15, 2019, that it is eliminating a coveted five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and Cuban members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy precious supplies for their businesses on the island. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File) HAVANA (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Friday that it is eliminating a coveted five-year tourist visa for Cubans, dealing a heavy blow to entrepreneurs and Cuban members of divided families, who used the visas to see relatives in the United States and buy precious supplies for their businesses on the island. The elimination of the visa cuts a vital link between the U.S. and Cuba by forcing Cubans to make a costly and complicated trip to a third country like Mexico or Panama every single time they want to visit the U.S. That’s because the U.S. withdrew most of its non-essential diplomatic staff from Havana in September 2017 and stopped issuing visas of almost any type in Cuba. “This affects every Cuban but especially entrepreneurs who have to travel to get products that don’t exist here,” said Niuris Higueras, who brings salt, hand towels, candles and other products from the U.S. for her restaurant Atelier, one of Havana’s most successful private eateries. Until now, Cubans who saved the money and mastered the complexities of successfully applying for a visa in a third country would receive a visa eliminating the need to apply again for another five years. That possibility will disappear on March 18 when the B2 visa will only allow a single entry for a three-month stay, Mara Tekach, the U.S. Embassy’s charge d’affaires, said in a video posted on Facebook Friday. Tekach said the change was due to the need to achieve reciprocity between the visa rules of the U.S. and Cuba, which issues Americans single-entry tourist visas allowing a stay of up to three months. However, the Cuban visa application process is a formality, with airlines and travel agencies authorized to hand out visas to anyone who requests one and pays $50 as part of the purchase of an airline ticket or travel package. Cubans must pay $160, plus airfare and hotel costs in a third country, often to see their visa application swiftly rejected. “Invoking reciprocity here is beyond insulting,” said Michael Bustamante, an assistant professor of Latin American History at Florida International University and an expert on contemporary Cuba who advocates for closer bilateral relations. “The announcement today will come as a real blow to many Cubans, only the latest of the Trump policy years.” The seemingly obscure change in visa rules in fact is one of the harshest measures against Cuba taken by the Trump administration because of the effect it will have on the informal supply chain for the communist-run island’s small but vibrant private sector. Virtually all of the supplies used by Cuban entrepreneurs from barbers to restaurant owners are either stolen from state enterprises or brought in suitcases from capitalist countries by business owners or “mules,” couriers with visas who are paid to haul in the hundreds of varieties of products unavailable in Cuba’s stagnant, centrally planned economy. The U.S. five-year visa not only allowed frequent trips to Miami, Latin American countries such as Mexico would allow Cubans with the U.S. visa to enter automatically. “This is going to limit me a lot,” said Vanesa Pino, owner of the Sweet Details bakery in Havana. She uses her five-year visa to travel once a month to the United States to buy ingredients such as food coloring, decorating tools and sugar for icing. “It doesn’t make sense to go to a third country to get a single-entry visa. You can make that effort if the investment then lets you make a lot of trips. “In my case, in addition to bringing supplies, I would go several times a year to pastry-making fairs, see new products and techniques, and now that’s not going to be so easy.” Her visa expires next year. ---- Associated Press Writer Andrea Rodriguez in Havana contributed to this report.
  11. Can a beneficiary apply for a tourist visa while waiting for NOA2 for CR1/R1 visa? Will it affect the application if she gets denied in her tourist visa?
  12. Hi everyone I have a question I'm from Philippines my mother want to have a tourist visa here in California I have a question do I need to send invitation letter for my mom? Or she can just go ahead and fill out the ds160 And apply for her own? My mom is 66 yrs of age. Thank you all 😊
  13. Hello All, I am looking for some advise/suggestions, since I am dealing with a situation here which I am sure some folks would have encountered. To talk a little about myself, I have a conditional green card which I received through marriage (wife is US Citizen) and my 751 is still pending. My parents currently have B1/B2 tourist visa which will expire in Dec' 2018. Both my parents have travelled about 3 times (All visits not more than 90 days) through the span of 9.5 years. When my parents got the visa, no immigration case was pending for them. They got their visa in 2008. Later in 2009, my aunt (Dad's sister) filed an I-130 petition for him and was successfully approved and is sitting with NVC since there is a long wait to get the current priority date. Once I get my citizenship, I can always apply for my parents green card but for now, I just want to renew their tourist visa. I am confused as to should I just apply my moms visa because technically she isn't the primary beneficiary of the I-130 application and she can answer in the DS-260 form that there is no immigration petition pending for her because she is the dependent of the beneficiary. Her chances of getting the visa are fairly generous. Now, for my dad Im not sure if he'll get a visa or not. They might deny simply because he has a pending i130 petition. One option is I let the visas expire and simply apply for my parents when I get my citizenship which will make their case simple because curretly they do not have any visa rejections. FYI, both my parents also have canadian tourist visa and my dad visited canada last year. Any thoughts/suggestions will be helpful. Thanks in advance.
  14. Finally some good news for us! Regarding visitor visas for Russians: Via the official US Embassy website in Russia.
  15. Hi VJ members, What is the absolute best way for my fiancé’s brothers to apply for a tourist visa when they come to the states to attend our wedding? Because they are single men in their 20’s we fear that they will be denied...even as brothers and groomsmen of the groom. My fiancé will be devastated if he cannot attend. I heard that it may be better for them to apply as a group for a “group visa” and they would be flying out with the parents and flying back with them. Anyone have an advice or know best route? Side note: they have visited the states before when they were young still in elementary school came with the parents so wont be first time). Thanks!
  16. I am 10-year green card holder, marriage a US citizen for 7 years and have a 2 years old girl and expecting another on in August. I want my mom to come here to visit for 3-4 months when I am at the last weeks of pregnancy. She owns land for rent and 2 houses in Vietnam, saving account. My older sister family live with her and they have 2 boys. My younger sister is in her 20s and not marriage yet lives in the same house. I would like to know the chance she can get the visa to compare with others who son/daughter is naturalized already. Please help if you guys have any ideas. (P.S I came here on F-1 visa and there was no problem getting green card. I just don't have time to apply for citizenship yet)
  17. Good day everyone! Was wondering if anybody tried to get their parent apply for a tourist visa with any family member? Was wondering what's the chance of approving them altogether? My parents is 59 and 62.we are planning for them to visit us here in New York. Appreciate everyone's comment! 😊
  18. Hello everyone. Please advice i came to US on tourist visa. Five months in my boyfriend proposed and we decided to get married as he didn’t want me to leave. We got married on the last day my I-94 was expiring (October 2018). We have been doing research on the adjustment of status and now we’re ready to file. Do we need a lawyer? Considering that I’ve been out of status since October 2018 (4 months now) even though I was legally married when my I-94 expired. Please advice. Kind regards
  19. My mum was denied a visa last year as we were not ready to invite her then and I’d not yet been approved of my GC. My cousin invited her and the consulate denied her stating “why isn’t your son inviting you” as my cousin had filled on the DS 160 that she had a son in the US. Fast forward to late last year, we decided it’s time we invite her as we now have a baby. People advised us my wife be the one to invite her since I’m yet to be approved GC, so we decided to start processing another appointment for her but could only secure a March 2019 date for appointment. Alas, I was granted a GC without being asked any question at the interview, coming from a K1 candidate. My question now is should I go back and edit and resubmit the DS 160 so to indicate I’m the one inviting her or just leave it to be my wife inviting. Thanks and I wish everyone a blissful 2019.
  20. Dear all, My spouse is LPR and we applied for F2A in Nov 2018. I knew we have long wait. He planned to visit me and family during May 2019. After that his parents is going to visit him around July and stay till sep. I hold B1/B2 Visa valid for 10 years with multiple entries. I visited states for first time in 2016 for a month for business reason and 5 months in 2018 to spend time with my friends and fiancée that time now he is my spouse. We got married when I was in states in aug 2018 and I came back to home country in oct 2018. So my question is whether I can travel with my visitor visa and stay for few months in end of 2019? I have read read other threads which few told they travellled with no issues but some thread I read if they deny entry at port then my b2 Visa will be revoked and I will get an entry ban. So how this works. Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi! Does anyone know or have an experience with regards to providing police clearance from a foreign country when you applied for the K1 visa? I stayed for a total of 6 months in Australia as a tourist only. I've read here that people who worked and lived in foreign countries for 6 months or more needs to provide a police clearance. Does this directive apply to tourists? Thank you.
  22. what does this mean? should i leave the country at january 5?
  23. Hey Guys I’m really not good with forums and topics and research in general, so if someone else asked this question before please don’t hate, I’m really trying my best to find an answer to my question and I can’t. long story short: I have my B1/B2 visa valid till 2026, after getting my K1 and moving to States in May this year me and my ex partner both realised that sadly our relationship won’t survive. We cancelled K1 visa / adjustment of status in October by sending a letter to USCIS and getting back from them a confirmation letter saying that whole process is officially stopped so I moved back to United Kingdom. I need a B1/B2 tourist visa because I’m from Poland but I live in UK. My question: after cancelling my K1 visa / AOS,, can I travel to United States again as a tourist on my B1/B2 visa that is still or should be valid for the next 8 years? I’ve seen people saying that tourist visas are cancelled after K1 is issued but what if I cancel my K1 what happens? Is it really cancelled or just put on hold? I’m planning on going for holiday to USA in January and I wanted to make sure there won’t be any issues. Thanks very much in advance for any kind of help.
  24. My mom's visa was approved and today we realized her appointment confirmation has a typo (our mistake) the DS 160, the passport and everything else has the right name. Visa is on the process to be delivered. What name appears on the visa? the DS 160? or the appointment one? In case the visa has the name wrong on it. What should we do? Can she travel regardless with it? It should say Maria but says Marcia. Help please..
  25. Has anyone in Nigeria or other highly scrutinized countries had luck applying for and obtaining a visitor’s visa to see the USC spouse BEFORE the I-130 was filed? Would your chances increase once the NOA1 has been received? Or because of the nature of the Embassy there is it pointless for the beneficiary to try to get a tourist visa? My husband’s job is more flexible with scheduling. I’m the USC and already have a visa to see him, but I’ll be working on my Master’s and working full-time, so it’s not really easy to go visit...
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