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  1. Hello all, I am a green card holder and I have filed I130 for my spouse and the process is going on to bring her here through family based immigration as my dependent. While this process is going on can she apply for tourist visa or student visa with full disclosure of her pending I130? ANy one here who went that route and had any luck? Please share your experience and any advice or tips? Thanks in advance. Regards, J
  2. Hello everyone! My husband and I filed his AOS (from tourist) application in December 2019 and are now awaiting our interview and waiting for his EAD to be approved. We will be moving out of state (from VA to TX) in August and I was just wondering if anyone else had experience with moving out of state while awaiting their approval? We are hoping the his employment authorization at least comes before we move, but we anticipate the interview being scheduled for after we move. Any opinions/advice or experiences with this would be great!
  3. I don't mean to be shamed or anything but here's my story. I tried renewing my Philippine Passport last year, but i got scared and backed out cause i don't know if they'll approve my first time passport application. I came to the United States in June 2001, I was 5 back then. It is just today that my Mother admitted to me how i was actually smuggled to the US. Back in early 2000 "Baklas Passport" or Fraudulent Passports was very common in the Philippines, I used a passport (Philippine Passport) in my Cousin's Name and my picture furnished with a B2 Visa, the passport was sent back to philippines before the release of MRP Passports and my cousin has since renewed it under his picture and identity. I know i qualify for DACA but i haven't applied because i don't have travel documents and it is expensive hiring a lawyer. I am now married to a US Citizen for 5 years already and i now have the courage to apply for AOS. The teller back then told me and interrogated me on how i came to the United States but not knowing back then, I couldn't answer as to why it was a first time application. I have a Birth Certificate and ID/s under my real name and Identity. My mother also came on Assumed Identity documents (her sister's) and also returned the passport. Do i have a chance in passport and AOS?
  4. Hello all, My fiance and I submitted out I-129F documents a few weeks ago. It's been our plan to live abroad for 6 months while awaiting approval, but with the corona virus growing and effecting world travel, we are getting concerned. I know that having your fiance visit you on a tourist visa is not the best idea, while awaiting K1 approval, but I am wondering if any of you have done this? After researching and talking to a few people it sounds like it can be done, but also opens up the possibility for visa fraud. Once again, I am simple looking to hear from anyone who has done this and what the journey was like. Thank you so much.
  5. hi everyone I filled my grandson form ds 260 and I all fill the form but when I click submit button I cant clik I mean form is not submit can anyone tell what is problem ?
  6. Hi, I am a Nigerian, resident in Nigeria but presently I am divorced and have a 6 year old child. My father is a citizen of the USA and is resident there. I also have been to the USA on visiting several times. I have a valid tourist visa and I am also in a committed relationship with a US citizen, we had planned getting married in the US this year. With the new travel ban on Nigeria, what is my fate? Can I go on my tourist Visa, get married and my partner file for me? Or get my father to file for me? Or wait in Nigeria till the ban is lifted?Please opinion are welcome
  7. My boyfriend who lives in Russia applied for a tourist visa about two months ago and we are still unable to schedule an appointment in Moscow. The website just says "no appointments available". Has anyone else had this problem?
  8. Hi! For those doing their K1 (Fiancé Visa) interview at the US Embassy in Manila, what were the documents asked from the applicant with an existing US B1/B2 Tourist Visa?
  9. Question: I met an Indian man online 7 months ago, when I was planning a tourism trip to India. We found we had a lot in common and decided to meet during my trip. We did that, and hit it off, spending the entire time together. Since my return to the U.S. we have chatted or talked every day, have developed feelings for each other, and are interested in pursuing the idea of being together long-term. We would like to take the next step in our relationship, which is to spend more time together dating in person and getting to know each other. And we both feel it is really important for him to come to the U.S. to see what life is like here and also to see where I live, etc. so we can decide where we might want to be together – there or here, and if at all. This is a quite normal and logical step in any relationship – to continue to date and get to know each other. But I’m finding that it seems impossible for him to just come and spend some time with me, due to the visa options and restrictions. From what I understand, he would almost assuredly be denied a tourism visa: he is 44 years old and single, lives in his parents’ home (cares for them), is self-employed as a tutor, has no children, etc. (I’m 51, single, male, self-employed). I don’t see how to convince the visa app people that we just want to spend more time together to determine if we want to be together long-term. The only other options I see are the Fiance or Spouse visas, both of which require us to MARRY just so we can DATE!!!! This seems absurd to me and flies in the face of the reasons for immigration laws in the first place. (Where is the Just Dating visa?!?!) They are essentially forcing people to get married. (Not everyone is interested in immigrating to the U.S.! If we DO decide that we want to be together AND in the U.S., THEN we can follow that route.) We are mature adults and both open to the idea of marriage but don’t want to be forced into it prematurely just so we can spend time together in my home/country. I guess I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this catch 22 and what they might have done about it. Has anyone been able to get a tourism visa by being honest about this (or not), or had a tourism visa denial then applied for Fiance/Spouse? Is that OK? We’re open to any creative ideas or advice. If we have to marry, I'm not sure which is better, fiance or spouse visa (get married outside of U.S.)? But again, marriage for dating purposes makes no sense…. We'd prefer to marry for love. Thanks for any help!
  10. I am currently in the US and I am going throught the I-130 process, my case is almost done and I still have some time till my 6 months tourist visa stay ends. I want to know if I can stay here for good if my process is approved while I stay here in the US. I heard that this is possible, but I have no secure information, can someone explain me if that's actually possible?
  11. So I am an Indian citizen and I used to live in Canada when I got my B1/B2 visa. When I got my US visa, I was working just working a very simple job in Canada as a cashier in Walmart and wanted the visa to simply visit the border cities of the US near my Canadian town. My visa was issued in 2012 for 10 years and is valid for a few more years. The only thing is that instead of working now, I am doing my Masters in Singapore. I want to know that since my visa was issued in Canada, can I still use that visa to travel to US from Singapore? Despite being an Indian citizen? Also since there is such a massive change in my situation, should I actually try to get a new visa? I want to travel to US but I am at the same time really worried because A: My visa was not issued in India. B: I am not travelling from India. C: When my visa was issued my life was very different than it is right now. Considering all this, I'm not sure if it is a good idea to travel. I certainly do not want to be denied entry to the US because of the above mentioned reasons which will hamper my chances of not just getting a US visa but visa for other countries too. I would like to know what you all think about this. Am I worrying too much for no reason?
  12. Hello, My b1/b2 tourist visa has been rejected twice in 2019, June and July respectively. I would like to know the reason for denial. Usually the US consulates do not give the reason for denial, but can I know by any chance the reason of denial? Can I file an FOIA to know the reason of denial or any other way.
  13. Overview Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for a temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), for tourism (visa category B-2), or for a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2). Here are some examples of activities permitted with a visitor visa: Business (B-1): Consult with business associates Attend a scientific, educational, professional, or business convention or conference Settle an estate Negotiate a contract Learn more about Business Travel to the United States (PDF - 362 KB) on a visitor visa. Business (B-2): Tourism Vacation (holiday) Visit with friends or relatives Medical treatment Participation in social events hosted by fraternal, social, or service organizations Participation by amateurs in musical, sports, or similar events or contests, if not being paid for participating Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, not for credit toward a degree (for example, a two-day cooking class while on vacation) Learn more about Visitor Visas - Business and Pleasure (PDF - 1020 KB). Travel Purposes Not Allowed on Visitor Visas: Study Employment Paid performances, or any professional performance before a paying audience Arrival as a crewmember on a ship or aircraft Work as foreign press, in radio, film, print journalism, or other information media Permanent residence in the United States How to Apply There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please consult the instructions on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website. Complete the Online Visa Application Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 – Learn more about completing the DS-160. You must: 1) complete the online visa application and 2) print the application form confirmation page to bring to your interview. Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. Your photo must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements. Schedule an Interview Interviews are generally required for visa applicants with certain limited exceptions below. Consular officers may require an interview of any visa applicant. If you are age: Then an interview is: 13 and younger Generally not required 14-79 Required (some exceptions for renewals) 80 and older Generally not required You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside of the country where you live. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html Prepare for Your Interview Fees - Pay the non-refundable visa application fee, if you are required to pay it before your interview. If your visa is approved, you may also need to pay a visa issuance fee, if applicable to your nationality. Fee information is provided here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/fees-visa-services.html Review the instructions available on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply to learn more about fee payment. Gather Required Documentation Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview: Passport valid for travel to the United States – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). Each individual who needs a visa must submit a separate application, including any family members listed in your passport. Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page. Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview. Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements. Additional Documentation May Be Required Review the instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you will apply. Additional documents may be requested to establish if you are qualified. For example, additional requested documents may include evidence of: The purpose of your trip, Your intent to depart the United States after your trip, and/or Your ability to pay all costs of the trip. Evidence of your employment and/or your family ties may be sufficient to show the purpose of your trip and your intent to return to your home country. If you cannot cover all the costs for your trip, you may show evidence that another person will cover some or all costs for your trip. Note: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa. Attend Your Visa Interview A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a visitor visa. You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a visa. Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans are taken as part of the application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location. After your visa interview, the consular officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing. The consular officer will inform you if this required. After the visa is approved, you may need to pay a visa issuance fee (if applicable to your nationality), and make arrangements for the return of the passport and visa to you. Review the visa processing times to learn more. Entering the United States A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States. If you are allowed to enter the United States, the CBP official will provide an admission stamp or a paper Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record. Learn more about admissions and entry requirements, restrictions about bringing food, agricultural products, and other restricted/prohibited goods, and more by reviewing the CBP website. Extending Your Stay See Extend Your Stay on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website to learn about requesting to extend your stay beyond the date indicated on your admission stamp or paper Form I-94. Failure to depart the United States on time will result in being out of status. Under U.S. law, visas of individuals who are out of status are automatically voided (Section 222(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act). Any multiple entry visa that was voided due to being out of status will not be valid for future entries into the United States. Failure to depart the United States on time may also result in you being ineligible for visas in the future. Review Visa Denials and Ineligibilities and Waivers: Laws to learn more. Change of Status If your plans change while in the United States (for example, you marry a U.S. citizen or receive an offer of employment), you may be able to request a change in your nonimmigrant status to another category through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). See Change My Nonimmigrant Status on the USCIS website to learn more. While you are in the United States, receiving a change of status from USCIS does not require you to apply for a new visa. However, once you depart the United States you must apply for a new visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the appropriate category for your travel. Additional Information An individual on a visitor visa (B1/B2) is not permitted to accept employment or work in the United States. There is no guarantee you will be issued a visa. Do not make final travel plans or buy tickets until you have a visa. A valid U.S. visa in an expired passport is still valid. Unless canceled or revoked, a visa is valid until its expiration date. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not remove it from your expired passport. You may use your valid visa in your expired passport along with a new valid passport for travel and admission to the United States.
  14. Hey everyone, I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but here I go. So my mom is originally from Colombia, but she grew up in Venezuela. She has a Venezuelan passport and US Tourist visa. She is been to the US several times, never overstayed or had any issues at all. She usually stays about 2 months and then goes back home. On her Venezuelan passport and Visa her day of birth is showing as April 24 1951. (this detail will make sense in a bit) Unfortunately because of the current political distress Venezuela is in and because the US is not allowing flights directly from Venezuela to the US my mom is having to travel through Colombia and since she was born in Colombia and she is also a Colombian citizen she is required to travel with a Colombian passport. Now here comes the issue she is having. She went to get a Colombian passport a couple months ago and when she received it she noticed that her day of birth is showing as April 25th 1951. She talked to them about it and turns out that’s the actual date showing in her birth certificate and she had no idea and this cant be changed. For some reason she always thought she was born on April 24th, not 25th. So as I understand my mom wouldn’t be able to use her Colombian passport and her US visa because the birth dates don’t match due to this error. My question is, would my mother be okay leaving Colombia with her Colombian passport and then entering the US with her Venezuelan passport and her US Visa (which is also on her Venezuelan passport)? Or could she be detained for this issue? Venezuelan Passport and US Visa show day of birth as of April 24th 1951 Colombian Passport shows day of birth April 25th 1951 Thank you,
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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,
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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