I HAD AN INTRVIEW WITH A US OFFICER
SHE ASKED THREE QUESTIONS
1/ DO YOU HAVE FAMILY IN THE US
2/ WHAT ARE YOU DOING
3/WILL THIS PROGRAME BENEFIT YOU?
I ANSWERED, YES I HAVE MY FATHER WHO IS A US CITIZEN, I AM DOING A TRAINING PROGRAM VIA TAMPA MARRIOTT HOTELS & YES IT WOULD BENEFIT ME BECAUSE I CANT OBTAIN THIS IN THE UK & ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED MY PROGRAM I WILL RETURN
SHE THEN DENIED ME BASED ON THOSE QUESTIONS, EVEN THOUGH I HAD REFFERENCES FROM WORK,BANK VERIFICATION,EXCESS SAVINGS,PENSION,BONDS WHICH MATURE 3 YEARS AFTER MY PROGRAME, I PAY ALL THE HOUSEHOLD BILLS IN MY HOUSE AS MY MUM IS FIANANCIALLY DEPANDENT ON ME, I HAVE LETTER FROM THE MARRIOT & SIGNED TRAINING PROGRAM SHEET FROM THE HOTEL & LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM THE AGENCY (IRES) SHE WAS NOT INTERESTED TO READ THE DOCUMENTS
I HAVE ANOTHER APPOINTMENT THIS MONDAY, IT WAS UNFAIR THEY DIDNT EVEN LOOK AT THE PROOF I HAD,DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGESTIONS,I THOUGHT THE VISA APPLICANTION WAS ASSESMENT BASED & NOT JUST QUESTION BASED...
WHEN I GO BACK DO I MENTION I WAS DENIED FRIDAY? DO I ASK THEY READ THE DOCUMENTS? THE LADY PUT A LINE ON MY SERVICE FEE PAGE, IT SAYS I CAN RE-APPLY BUT WITH THE GREEN LINE SHE PUT ON IT DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE? IF THEY ASK ME DO I HAVE FAMILY CAN I NOT MENTION MY DAD (EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT CLOSE ATALL!) & SAY I HAVE A FRIEND INSTEAD?
THIS SEEMS LIKE IT IS LOTTERY BASED,
My name isXXXXX'm pleased to be able to help you today. But before I attempt to answer your question, I need to ask you a few questions first so that I can understand your situation a little better.
How old are you?
HiI am aged 30 (turned 30 in january)I completed my studies back in 1999 & then went on to work for almost 10 years in this field
In this case I have another quick question for you. You said you and your father are not close, do you know if he has ever filed any paperwork for immigration for you?
HiI can 100% verify he has not filed for any paperwork for me, we are not close atall, more like civil neighboursHe has lived there for 26 years & had citizenship for lie 12 years
OK, based on what I read above, it appears that the US consular officer may be concerned with the fact that you having a US father in the US will make you remain in the US. By law, anyone applying for any visa to the US is legally considered to be trying to immigrate to the US and you have the burden to show that you will not stay and will return. The fact that you have a US father in the US makes it that much harder for you.
So I would suggest a couple of things, first you try your best to strengthen all the proof that you already have and all the proof that you can get that demonstrates that you are essentially ties to the UK and that you will definitely return to the UK. I also suggest that you get letters from your mom and siblings and any friends or family members that would know the situation between you and your father to write stating that they understand that the father is estranged and that you all have not had any meaningful communication and that they all understand that you will be returning to the UK.
I wish you good luck. I hope I answered your question. Please let me know if you have other questions or comments.
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HiThanks i can write letter no problem,I have got a letter from my mum, letters from 2 close friends, 2 letters from different banks verifyinh i have been with them for over 10 years each, direct debit statements, proof i pay all the household bills, pension plan, bonds that will mature in 2015, proof i am a home seeker awaiitng to be housed in the uk, proof of savings in excess of 27, 000, my work contract, plus reference from work.How do i by-pass if they wont read my doucments and just ask me questions?RegardsChantelle
You have the right to ask to speak with a supervisor (VERY POLITELY) and request that the officer review the documentation as you should not be penalized by a US citizen father who has never been meaningfully in your life and only serves to block your opportunities.
You can try.
The sad fact though is that the US consular officer is like a mini dictator and does as he/she pleases. It'll all depend on your interview skills.
HiI went with the suggested innformation as supporting documents & i GOT ITVisa Approved todayThankyouGod bless you for your speddy responseCx
Oh, I've very happy to hear that. Congratulations! And enjoy your stay in the US!
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