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Visa for Spouse to Visit US
« on: April 07, 2010, 06:32:01 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has gotten a visa for their spouse to visit the US.? This is only for those who got married in the RP and live also in the RP and wanted to take their wife back to the US to visit family and friends, were you able to get a B-2 visa in Manila? What did it cost? the web site states $131.00. and how long did it take, etc?

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Re: Visa for Spouse to Visit US
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 02:00:20 AM »
If you can prove that the both of you are planning to return to the Philippines, then you MIGHT have a chance at getting a visitors visa. This would be that you are a permanent resident of the Philippines and you have significant investments in the Philippines that you would be returning to(house, land, business, etc). And this would still probably be iffy. If you are not a resident of the Philippines and are trying to get a visitors visa... good luck, as they will think you are trying to get around the spousal visa process.
Here are your visa options...though you may have already seen them, I will post a link for others

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1286.html

Worst thing that can happen is they say no...

This site is helpful also if the visitor thingy doesn\'t work for you...

http://visajourney.com/forums/index.php?act=home
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Re: Visa for Spouse to Visit US
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 03:37:57 AM »
I know the USA is a lot fiercer on their visa policy than most other places, but the UK is not so far behind.

My wife and I heard some horrendous horror stories about the drama involved getting a UK tourist visa for Filipinos, when we first started thinking about it. 

There are lots of \'experts\' about who will promise you the earth, or steer you wrong, and ultimatly cost you money.

One such guy, who will remain nameless, who apparently specialises in visas and tickets in Angeles City and Manila, warned us that if my wife applied, and was rejected, that she\'d get a stamp in the back of her passport saying so, and that all subsequent applications would be denied automatically.

 ???  :(

We put it off for several years, fearing the worst, but eventually decided we\'d have a go. This was some ten years ago, before the automated system now in place, and we did all the groundwork, studied the embassy web page with a fine tooth comb, carefully collected all the documents and papers, and went and made the application. Queuing at the embassy starts at midnight, to ensure you get a place at the front to get processed next day. We paid the guard 1000pesos to save our place, and went to a hotel until 7am.  :D ;D.....

Then we joined the queue and trooped into the battle zone and....



And she got the visa issued there and then! 1 year multiple entry.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Same with the settlement visa, three years later. All sorts of horror stories about six month waiting list for interviews, merciless cross questioning, abuse, insults etc etc.

Same again, we did the groundwork, researched it all very carefully, visa approved same day, after a five minute stand up interview at the counter.

People do get rejected, such as the rather elderly looking guy who had some spandex clad sweet young thing on his arm, in the waiting room at the embassy. Suddenly there was shouting and yelling, , the guy stormed out, the girl was in tears, a heart was broken: She had neglected to tell him she was already married...... :(

All the embassy investigations and questions are to weed out the illegals, the liars, the people who are just after a \'way out\'. Forewarned is forearmed, read the website from front to back, twice, ask questions, do the legwork, and you should get a visa if you are a respectable, genuine couple.



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Re: Visa for Spouse to Visit US
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010, 04:08:15 AM »
My experience comes straight from my wife. Years ago she tried applying for tourist visa. She had profession, money in the bank, but no properties to show. 2 Times she applied when she was still single, she got denied. When we were already married she tried again but still was denied. Consul says either she\'s too young, no strong ties, or she might not come back. It was hard :-\\

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Re: Visa for Spouse to Visit US
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010, 02:21:27 PM »
Thanks for all the info....

 


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