I filled out a form for my son for a F-1 visa and mistakenly answered the question of being arrested as no and should have been yes. He was arrested for theft at walmart but had his receipt. Because of his name the police officer took his receipt and advised him that his wife had died in 9/11 and he was going to make him pay for it because of the way my son look and his name. He was told by the judge to plead no contest and pay a fine and he would not have a record or plead not quilty and get a lawyer and face jail. He had no lawyer and no family there with him so he chose to plead no contest and pay a fine. My son was denied a visa but given the option to appeal and get a response within five days. I would like to state my case to the embassy as his mother who filled out the form. Should I wait the five days or should I write the letter right away? I would like to get a court transcript also. Please advise me if I should write the letter and how to get the court transcript.
Optional Information: Nassau, BahamasAlready Tried: Nothing
Get all the court records and write a letter explaining as you did above. If he still cannot get the visa after you send your letter and documents to the Nonimmigrant Visa Chief, he can apply for a nonimmigrant waiver.
The question was not answered. He already applied for the waiver so should I wait the five days or write the letter now? How do I get the court transcript?
OK, you did not state above that you had already filed for a waiver. Sometimes these matters can be settled without a wavier. The fact is that your son pled no contest and was convicted, so he needs to show the circumstances of the crime and show that he is now rehabilitated. You get the court records from the Clerk of the court where he was convicted. You can write the letter now. I would not wait five days.
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