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hopelessGC
04-13-2009, 01:31 PM
Hi,

I don't know whether this is a very common case or not but I am inviting my niece (17 years) to the US for a visit.

I am pretty sure it is going to be pretty tough at the consulate during the interview since she is at a "college age" i.e. possibility of over staying to change status to F1 and other such suspicion by the immigration officer :eek: She has no such intention, but I think it will have to be proven :)

Considering that, what documents do I need to send her (other than I-134, my visa copy, W2, emp. verification)?

What can she take with her to the consulate? What documents are needed to prove that she is my niece?

Any help is greatly appreciated...also has anyone been in a similar situation?

Thanks!

gc_on_demand
04-13-2009, 01:53 PM
Hi,

I don't know whether this is a very common case or not but I am inviting my niece (17 years) to the US for a visit.

I am pretty sure it is going to be pretty tough at the consulate during the interview since she is at a "college age" i.e. possibility of over staying to change status to F1 and other such suspicion by the immigration officer :eek: She has no such intention, but I think it will have to be proven :)

Considering that, what documents do I need to send her (other than I-134, my visa copy, W2, emp. verification)?

What can she take with her to the consulate? What documents are needed to prove that she is my niece?

Any help is greatly appreciated...also has anyone been in a similar situation?

Thanks!

We did same mistake 4-5 years back and she was not given a visa on same statement you maid ... What if you change your status to F1 ? And now she applied for F1 and got rejection with statement that she is not intend to come back. May be VO believe that she is so desparate to go.. that is why tried on B1 / b2 and now on F1 ..

hopelessGC
04-13-2009, 02:04 PM
gc_on_demand: You said don't apply for her...then how is she supposed to come here? Did you have another alternative in mind that you did not mention?

gc_on_demand
04-13-2009, 02:09 PM
gc_on_demand: You said don't apply for her...then how is she supposed to come here? Did you have another alternative in mind that you did not mention?

you can try for b1/b2 in middle of college there and claim that she will be back as she has to continue study here. on question for f1 she can tell that she is not interested to halt her career here and start from scratch in USA.

OR you can give it a shot... May be you may get it. To prove relation we used RATION CARD we had our names in it. her name , her father ( my bother ) name and my my name... she was not asked for any doc though.

hopelessGC
04-13-2009, 02:20 PM
I am going to give it a shot. Hopefully the tourist visa restrictions are a little lax during this economic downturn.

Anyone else have any suggestions or similar experience?

Thanks!

lord_labaku
04-13-2009, 03:51 PM
What I have noticed, is that visas are at the discretion of the interviewing officer at the US consulate. More than all the documents (ofcourse documents are important); the impression that the visa applicant makes in body language, answers to questions decide whether visa is granted or not. This was even specifically mentioned by one of consulate officers when I last applied for a H1 renewal in 2007 at the Chennai consulate. He even mentioned....yes its subjective...maybe not even fair...but you are applying for a visa to our country....so you have to play by our rules (it actually didnt sound rude the way he said it).

Also the fact about potential immigrant or not....consulate officers know pretty well that all F1 applicants are potential immigrants....but they just use these other cues such as body language, english ability, the way questions are answered, etc to see if you are a suitable future immigrant.

hopelessGC
04-13-2009, 03:57 PM
Well said! I will keep that in mind when prepping my niece.