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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 1:18pm On Mar 18
Hello Mizwisdom,

Possessing a European visa does not entitle anyone to a U.S. visa. Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html for more information.

Mizwisdom:
Happy to be here, what's the rationale behind unnecessary refusal of visas, even those with existing visas to European countries are not left out?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 1:18pm On Mar 18
Hello gentlechuks,

The link is here: https://www.nairaland.com/5073021/u.s-immigration-questions-ask-u.s

Gentlechuks:
Hello everyone,
Good day VO and thread manager. Please where’s the link for the US immigrant visa page. Thanks as I anticipate
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by OmoBendel24: 1:25pm On Mar 18
USMissionNGRA:
Hello ozymes,

As long as that visa application resulted in an issuance, and you have never been refused a visa under 214b or any other sections of the INA, you can say that you have never been refused a visa. A 221g refusal simply means that not enough information was available at the time of your application for a final decision to be made.

You could answer that you have never been refused a visa, or, if you like, you can answer that you were refused 221g and subsequently issued.


Good day sir.

Perfect....

Sorry, what is a 221(g) refusal? A refusal as written alongside it I presume. In what sense then sir? While it’s yet hanging on my neck without my application being “officially” REFUSED so to speak, can the Canadian or any other Embassy hold this as a REFUSAL against me if for instance I am yet to attend the interview with the US Embassy, supply the requested documents or get of its hook generally by reason of being issued a visa after it?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 2:08pm On Mar 18
Hello OmoBendel24,

As stated above, a 221g refusal "means that not enough information was available at the time of your application for a final decision to be made". More information on 221g refusals is available here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-iv-221ginfo.asp

We cannot speak to the internal processes of the Canadian High Commission or the diplomatic missions of any other countries. If you have any further questions related to their visa adjudication standards, please contact them directly.

OmoBendel24:


Good day sir.

Perfect....

Sorry, what is a 221(g) refusal? A refusal as written alongside it I presume. In what sense then sir? While it’s yet hanging on my neck without my application being “officially” REFUSED so to speak, can the Canadian or any other embassy hold this as a REFUSAL against me if for instance I am yet to attend the interview, supply the requested documents or get of its hook generally by reason of being issued a visa after it?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by ozymes: 2:09pm On Mar 18
Gracias grin
USMissionNGRA:
Hello ozymes,

As long as that visa application resulted in an issuance, and you have never been refused a visa under 214b or any other sections of the INA, you can say that you have never been refused a visa. A 221g refusal simply means that not enough information was available at the time of your application for a final decision to be made.

You could answer that you have never been refused a visa, or, if you like, you can answer that you were refused 221g and subsequently issued.

Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by chalux(m): 2:28pm On Mar 18
I was asked to cancel my B1 221g achedule appoint if i intend applying for another visa category I cancelled successfully but unable to book another visa category on my profile page, have sent mails to LagosNiv and ustravels docs they still haven't responded anyone knows the step o should take next?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Teshoma111: 5:56pm On Mar 18
@USMissionNGRA,

Any explanation on why a first time applicant, that was supposedly supposed to pick up passport with B1/B2 approved visa was given a 221g, and told to reschedule for another appointment under 221g after passport pickup?

I understand this could be applicable for drop box applicants. Has this happened with first timers as well?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Mumtwins2: 8:53pm On Mar 18
USMissionNGRA:
Hello NIFES,

If you are having difficulty scheduling a 221g appointment, please contact CGI at one of the phone numbers or email addresses listed here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-main-contactus.asp


Hello sir or ma
I am having tbe same issue over 2 weeks ... i send enail and theh reply almost immeidately with a generic response ... its becoming fustrating ... ita not like there are no dates .. but it is blocked ... is this a delibrate attempt ... pls what else can be done .. o have called, sent emails ... no definite response ..
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Naijaprof92: 9:54pm On Mar 18
USMissionNGRA:
Hello ctrlunlimited and OmoBendel24,

Our policy is the same as it has always been. We ask all applicants to be honest about their intended activities in the United States, and the interviewing officer must be satisfied that the applicants can afford the kind of travel they are planning. This includes prospective students, business travelers, tourists, and those seeking medical care, and it applies to everyone around the world, regardless of nationality.

If you visit our website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html, you will see that receiving medical care in the United States on a B1/B2 visa is legal. However, the website also states that applicants must demonstrate that they can afford to pay the "doctors’ fees, hospitalization fees, and all medical-related expenses". Though every situation is different, accepting discounts or paying less than the full amount can raise questions about the applicant's finances, credibility, and their intent and ability to pay for the full cost of their care.


Thanks for providing clarification. For our awareness, how do we best present burden of proof & doctor's correspondence when we're not given the opportunity to do so? What I mean by that is a VO quickly going through the standard childbirth questions and not bothering to read any burden or proof or doctor's correspondence.

It's tough to understand why a woman whose husband owns several companies, has several hundred thousand in assets, and a $30,000 USD medical bill (no discounts) can be denied under 214b with a VO not asking to read or view any of the bank statements or doctors correspondence. If someone like that can't get a visa, where's the hope for the rest of us?

What scenario in general may cause a VO to not bother viewing any documents or burden or proof, then proceed to deny under 214b?

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Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 7:20am On Mar 19
Hello Teshoma111,

Sometimes relevant information becomes available to the adjudicating officer after your interview has concluded. If the officer requires anything further from you, they will let you know on the 221g slip or at the time of your interview.

Teshoma111:
@USMissionNGRA,

Any explanation on why a first time applicant, that was supposedly supposed to pick up passport with B1/B2 approved visa was given a 221g, and told to reschedule for another appointment under 221g after passport pickup?

I understand this could be applicable for drop box applicants. Has this happened with first timers as well?

Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 7:38am On Mar 19
Hello Naijaprof92,

There is an enormous amount of relevant available to the adjudicating officer via your DS-160. If the officer does not want to view your documentation, it means they already have enough information from the DS-160, your interview answers, and any prior applications to make their decision. We very rarely look at documentation for any kind of visa class.

Every applicant and every application is different. We are not looking for only one kind of background story, one kind of bank statement, etc. What we are looking for are people who can demonstrate that their use of the visa has been or will be consistent with the visa class and the purpose of travel that they applied for, and for people who are forthcoming and honest about their intentions and ability to fund their stated travel plans. Applicants can demonstrate these qualities in several ways; documents are only one way, and they can be unreliable.

Our visa issuance criteria are listed publicly in several places, including at the following links: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/eg/eg-niv-typeb1b2.asp and https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit.html. We cannot comment on any specific cases or scenarios.

Naijaprof92:


Thanks for providing clarification. For our awareness, how do we best present burden of proof & doctor's correspondence when we're not given the opportunity to do so? What I mean by that is a VO quickly going through the standard childbirth questions and not bothering to read any burden or proof or doctor's correspondence.

It's tough to understand why a woman whose husband owns several companies, has several hundred thousand in assets, and a $30,000 USD medical bill (no discounts) can be denied under 214b with a VO not asking to read or view any of the bank statements or doctors correspondence. If someone like that can't get a visa, where's the hope for the rest of us?

What scenario in general may cause a VO to not bother viewing any documents or burden or proof, then proceed to deny under 214b?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by NIFES(f): 8:30am On Mar 19
USMissionNGRA:
Hello NIFES,

If you are having difficulty scheduling a 221g appointment, please contact CGI at one of the phone numbers or email addresses listed here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-main-contactus.asp


@USMissionNGRA,

Thanks for your response.

However, I did send mails before and no definitive answer was given. The response I got after my query is attached herein.

And while this inability to get a date for the follow up interview is still on, a few others have been able to book appointments both for fresh interviews and follow ups as per 221g refusal.

This now makes me want to ask if truly interview dates are released to applicants on individual basis and if the insinuations that the dates are deliberately blocked from some of us is correct.
Thank you.

Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 9:42am On Mar 19
Hello NIFES,

Though new appointments are frequently released, they also fill up quickly. The response you received indicates that there were no available dates at the time you corresponded with CGI. Please check our website regularly for new appointment dates.

Specific individuals are not blocked from rescheduling appointments. As stated above, anyone who is having difficulty scheduling an appointment for reasons other than no appointments being available will need to contact CGI directly and follow up with them to resolve their issues.

NIFES:


@USMissionNGRA,

Thanks for your response.

However, I did send mails before and no definitive answer was given. The response I got after my query is attached herein.

And while this inability to get a date for the follow up interview is still on, a few others have been able to book appointments both for fresh interviews and follow ups as per 221g refusal.

This now makes me want to ask if truly interview dates are released to applicants on individual basis and if the insinuations that the dates are deliberately blocked from some of us is correct.
Thank you.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by NIFES(f): 10:30am On Mar 19
USMissionNGRA:
Hello NIFES,

Though new appointments are frequently released, they also fill up quickly. The response you received indicates that there were no available dates at the time you corresponded with CGI. Please check our website regularly for new appointment dates.

Specific individuals are not blocked from rescheduling appointments. As stated above, anyone who is having difficulty scheduling an appointment for reasons other than no appointments being available will need to contact CGI directly and follow up with them to resolve their issues.


Thanks.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by OmoBendel24: 10:40am On Mar 19
USMissionNGRA:
Hello OmoBendel24,

As stated above, a 221g refusal "means that not enough information was available at the time of your application for a final decision to be made". More information on 221g refusals is available here: http://www.ustraveldocs.com/in/in-iv-221ginfo.asp

We cannot speak to the internal processes of the Canadian High Commission or the diplomatic missions of any other countries. If you have any further questions related to their visa adjudication standards, please contact them directly.


Okay, understood. Thanks much!
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Greatg0809: 11:27am On Mar 19
Hello sir
I did Dropbox stated I was going to Houston for childbirth, now plans have changed and my interview is getting close, since It looks like Houston has a bad record for discounts, I want to change to another state on my ds160 before my interview. Please is this in anyway a problem
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Gentlechuks: 11:27am On Mar 19
I have a friend who is a refugee in a country where uscis has an office. He has lived for over 2years there. He got married to an American a year ago. Can he successfully apply for a spouse visa to move to the states with the wife? If yes what’s required of him to facilitate this, any guidelines as he is still a Nigerian over there which is why I make this inquiry here
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 11:32am On Mar 19
ManofPeace2000,

Your question was already answered on the first page of this forum. It is copied below for your convenience.

The ability to pay for school is only one factor of many considered during a student visa interview. Please visit http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ng/ng-niv-typefandm.asp for more information.

ManOfPeace2000:
is it true that a student Visa can not be issued for a student that didn't take standardized testing, and was not given any scholarship by the school
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 1:00pm On Mar 20
Hello Greatg0809,

As long as you were forthcoming about your purpose of travel and pay your bills appropriately, the change in location will not necessarily be a problem. You may be asked why your plans changed so significantly, but deciding to visit a different destination within the United States is not against the law.

It is also important to remember that while the Department of State issues visas, the Department of Homeland Security is responsible for deciding whom to admit to the United States. Receiving a visa does not mean that you are guaranteed entry to the United States. Here on Nairaland, we can only clarify the Department of State's processes and standards, not those of the Department of Homeland Security.

Greatg0809:
Hello sir
I did Dropbox stated I was going to Houston for childbirth, now plans have changed and my interview is getting close, since It looks like Houston has a bad record for discounts, I want to change to another state on my ds160 before my interview. Please is this in anyway a problem
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Msadesina: 10:34am On Mar 21
Hello good morning

Please if someone applied for a B1/B2 visa and paid then due to new developments despite to change it to a B2. Is this possible with the same visa fee? How many times can visa category and interview date be changed on a visa fee
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Totalquiet: 11:12pm On Mar 23
Hello VO,

I understand that VO's have little time to make decisions about visas, and that the most common reason for denial is under 214b. How can we best display strong ties to Nigeria when applying for a b2 visa for a childbirth purpose? I would like to present what's needed in the most easily digestible format for the VO to make an informed decision.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 10:29am On Mar 26
Hello Totalquiet,

When applying for a B1/B2 visa for any purpose, you will need to demonstrate that you both intend to leave the United States after a temporary visit and that your intended activities in the United States are consistent with the visa class you are applying for. In the instance of medical tourism, you must demonstrate that you have both the ability to pay for your intended treatment and the intent to pay for the treatment you receive. Our officers see dozens of cases like this each day and are capable of determining on their own how best to elicit the necessary information. There is no specific format that we look for or utilize.

Totalquiet:
Hello VO,

I understand that VO's have little time to make decisions about visas, and that the most common reason for denial is under 214b. How can we best display strong ties to Nigeria when applying for a b2 visa for a childbirth purpose? I would like to present what's needed in the most easily digestible format for the VO to make an informed decision.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Gentlechuks: 10:51am On Mar 26
@VO you don’t want to reply my question?

Gentlechuks:
I have a friend who is a refugee in a country where uscis has an office. He has lived for over 2years there. He got married to an American a year ago. Can he successfully apply for a spouse visa to move to the states with the wife? If yes what’s required of him to facilitate this, any guidelines as he is still a Nigerian over there which is why I make this inquiry here
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Gentlechuks: 10:52am On Mar 26
@VO
I guess you didn’t see my question?

USMissionNGRA:
Hello Totalquiet,

When applying for a B1/B2 visa for any purpose, you will need to demonstrate that you both intend to leave the United States after a temporary visit and that your intended activities in the United States are consistent with the visa class you are applying for. In the instance of medical tourism, you must demonstrate that you have both the ability to pay for your intended treatment and the intent to pay for the treatment you receive. Our officers see dozens of cases like this each day and are capable of determining on their own how best to elicit the necessary information. There is no specific format that we look for or utilize.

Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by judithidoghogm: 11:07am On Mar 26
Good morning Sir. Please Sir I have s question to ask.My husband and I wants to apply for a B1 along with our 5months old son to visit my aunt in Atlanta, Georgia and also for tourism (coca cola world,the aquarium site etc)What documents do we need to present during the interview and our chances of been granted the visa?

Note: (I own a fish farm,and my husband a poultry farm on a large scale with staffs)

We don't have travel history also.Thanks in anticipation to your positive response.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Jeffizy101(m): 12:05pm On Mar 26
Hello house,
Pls I need advice,I just got an invitation letter to attend a conference in US slated for Feb 2020.wen should I apply for visa?
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by Kieranfrench: 1:46pm On Mar 26
hello
good day, please does administrative processing really take up to 60 days ?? Heard some got theirs in a week or two.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by judithidoghogm: 2:27pm On Mar 26
Good afternoon VO. Please Sir I have s question to ask.My husband and I wants to apply for a B1 along with our 5months old son to visit my aunt in Atlanta, Georgia and also for tourism (coca cola world,the aquarium site etc)What documents do we need to present during the interview and our chances of been granted the visa?

Note: (I own a fish farm,and my husband a poultry farm on a large scale with staffs)

We don't have travel history also.Thanks in anticipation to your positive response.[/quote]
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by judithidoghogm: 3:24pm On Mar 26
judithidoghogm:
Good afternoon VO. Please Sir I have s question to ask.My husband and I wants to apply for a B1 along with our 5months old son to visit my aunt in Atlanta, Georgia and also for tourism (coca cola world,the aquarium site etc)What documents do we need to present during the interview and our chances of been granted the visa?

Note: (I own a fish farm,and my husband a poultry farm on a large scale with staffs)

We don't have travel history also.Thanks in anticipation to your positive response.
Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 12:51pm On Mar 27
Hello Gentlechuks,

Your question was not answered because it is not relevant to this thread. You can ask it here if you're so inclined: https://www.nairaland.com/5073021/u.s-immigration-questions-ask-u.s

Gentlechuks:
@VO you don’t want to reply my question?

Re: U.S. Non-immigrant Visas: We're Listening Pt. 3 by USMissionNGRA: 12:53pm On Mar 27
Hello Msadesina,

You can change it up to three times.

Msadesina:
Hello good morning

Please if someone applied for a B1/B2 visa and paid then due to new developments despite to change it to a B2. Is this possible with the same visa fee? How many times can visa category and interview date be changed on a visa fee

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