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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by ogaboss20: 10:03pm On Mar 08
Good evening everyone, please is USA visiting visa still available for Nigerians? I have a fiancée a USA citizen she want me to visit her during her birthday so we can go on vacation together but I don't really know how to go about it please I need advice.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by pointednose: 2:15am On Mar 09
carnal:

Abi o,have search through the web and other US immigration site but noting of such.abeg no de raise people BP unnecessarily o

I asked to know if is true.

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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by pointednose: 2:17am On Mar 09
UhnNah:


Fake news! I googled this! only 2 'Not to be trusted looking blog' posted about this! So i guess it's fake but if this eventually becomes the situation,Then this would be a very unfair standard to put on an African

It will really be very unfair and will even go out of the standard requirement of a visit visa. The most important thing for visa issuance is to determine that the applicant will come back to his home country.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by bigbus: 4:15am On Mar 09
ogaboss20:
Good evening everyone, please is USA visiting visa still available for Nigerians? I have a fiancée a USA citizen she want me to visit her during her birthday so we can go on vacation together but I don't really know how to go about it please I need advice.
Visit visa is available for Nigerians. To know about it, go through this thread. If your ties to Nigeria are not strong, better you plan your vacation for an easier to visit country.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by Augustinecu: 11:38am On Mar 09
Hello everyone,

How early can one book a US visit visa appointment to attend a conference? For example, can one book an appointment four months in advance of the conference date?

Thanks for your response.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by Augustinecu: 11:43am On Mar 09
Augustinecu:
Hello everyone,

How early can one book a US visit visa appointment to attend a conference? For example, can one book an appointment four months in advance of the conference date?

Thanks for your response.

To make it clearer, can the scheduled appointment date be four months to the conference date?
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by Malevonent: 12:13pm On Mar 10
Augustinecu:


To make it clearer, can the scheduled appointment date be four months to the conference date?

hell yes
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by Augustinecu: 1:55pm On Mar 10
Thanks

Malevonent:


hell yes
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by Chips101: 12:10am On Mar 11
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 9:27am On Mar 11
UhnNah:


Fake news! I googled this! only 2 'Not to be trusted looking blog' posted about this! So i guess it's fake but if this eventually becomes the situation,Then this would be a very unfair standard to put on an African

Hello all, I have been a silent reader preparing for my 4th US visa application in a couple of months. I have read from pg one to the current page of this Part 4 thread specifically because of concerns the public charge rule.
Is it really fake news, I have been trying to understand the public charge rule that has now gone into effect from 24 Feb 2020. TWoods touched on it way back in the thread on 29th Oct pg 151 to be exact, I can't seem to quote that far back but I've included a screenshot of the comment further below.

I would appreciate more input from any US consular law experts in the forum on whether or not this rule is applicable to B1/B2 visa applications, if yes then my understanding is that you have to earn a certain percentage about US federal poverty guidelines, TWoods mentioned 125% but the USCIS website actually states 250% in their FAQs as quoted / copied out below:

"Q. What factors weigh heavily against a determination that someone is likely at any time to become a public charge?
A. The following factors would weigh heavily against a finding that an alien is likely to become a public charge:

The alien has household income, assets, resources, and support from a sponsor, excluding any income from illegal activities or from public benefits, of at least 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for his or her household size.
The alien is authorized to work and is currently employed in a legal industry with an annual income of at least 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for a household of his or her household size.
The alien has private health insurance appropriate for the expected period of admission, so long as the alien does not receive subsidies in the form of premium tax credits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to pay for such health insurance."

Here are links to:
1. The USCIS website on the public charge rule - https://www.uscis.gov/archive/archive-news/final-rule-public-charge-ground-inadmissibility
2. Federal poverty guidelines - https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
3. A website [found it randomly on google search] with charts showing the 115%, 125% etc of poverty amounts - https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/federal-poverty-guidelines-2020

Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by seyewest(m): 10:30am On Mar 11
johnJS:


Hello all, I have been a silent reader preparing for my 4th US visa application in a couple of months. I have read from pg one to the current page of this Part 4 thread specifically because of concerns the public charge rule.
Is it really fake news, I have been trying to understand the public charge rule that has now gone into effect from 24 Feb 2020. TWoods touched on it way back in the thread on 29th Oct pg 151 to be exact, I can't seem to quote that far back but I've included a screenshot of the comment further below.

I would appreciate more input from any US consular law experts in the forum on whether or not this rule is applicable to B1/B2 visa applications, if yes then my understanding is that you have to earn a certain percentage about US federal poverty guidelines, TWoods mentioned 125% but the USCIS website actually states 250% in their FAQs as quoted / copied out below:

"Q. What factors weigh heavily against a determination that someone is likely at any time to become a public charge?
A. The following factors would weigh heavily against a finding that an alien is likely to become a public charge:

The alien has household income, assets, resources, and support from a sponsor, excluding any income from illegal activities or from public benefits, of at least 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for his or her household size.
The alien is authorized to work and is currently employed in a legal industry with an annual income of at least 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for a household of his or her household size.
The alien has private health insurance appropriate for the expected period of admission, so long as the alien does not receive subsidies in the form of premium tax credits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to pay for such health insurance."

Here are links to:
1. The USCIS website on the public charge rule - https://www.uscis.gov/archive/archive-news/final-rule-public-charge-ground-inadmissibility
2. Federal poverty guidelines - https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines
3. A website [found it randomly on google search] with charts showing the 115%, 125% etc of poverty amounts - https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/federal-poverty-guidelines-2020
Are you talking about Immigrant visa?
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by AfonjaBoston: 11:11am On Mar 11
seyewest:

Are you talking about Immigrant visa?

If you read the whole thing you would know he is talking about B1/B2
He is probably seeking info on how to adjust that visa that he has already, intend to process or as they say very often "asking for a friend" grin

Donald has introduced a new public charge rule for those seeking to remain and it is very interesting
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by AfonjaBoston: 11:23am On Mar 11
johnJS:



I would appreciate more input from any US consular law experts in the forum on whether or not this rule is applicable to B1/B2 visa applications

Nna ukwu, i am not aware of any consular lawyers on this portal most of these folks become overnight " experts/pros/travel and visa agents" once they get a visa approved and to the best of my knowledge COs have stopped answering questions here

Your best bet will be to call USCIS directly, contact US immigration attorneys or visit immigration portals like visajourney and immihelp

To answer your question , the public charge rule is not applicable to that category of visa what is applicable is you developing ties to your home country and overcoming any immigration intent.

It is obvious that with your sheer curiosity about public charge rule ( solely for those with immigration intent) it will be hard to determine ties to your country
It is the least of things you should be worried about when planning to visit the USA!
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by UhnNah: 6:23pm On Mar 11
johnJS:


I would appreciate more input from any US consular law experts in the forum on whether or not this rule is applicable to B1/B2 visa applications, if yes then my understanding is that you have to earn a certain percentage about US federal poverty guidelines, TWoods mentioned 125% but the USCIS website actually states 250% in their FAQs as quoted / copied out below:
https://www.masslegalservices.org/content/federal-poverty-guidelines-2020

Im not a pro about this visa stuff but i think you're looking too deep into it,People has gotten a visa on 80k salary! When it comes to B1/B2,They don't really care about your money! Their major concern is that you'll return back home after you're done with your conference/holiday whatever! (Ties)

As long as you can afford the trip yourself or through a sponsor! You should be fine! Why would you be applying for a visa if you can't afford the trip anyway?! By the way im curious,You've never had a US visa or those previous applications were renewals? Anyway, It's good that you're researching,be curious,investigate and make your application!
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by ANIT1: 5:24am On Mar 12
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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 7:13am On Mar 12
seyewest:

Are you talking about Immigrant visa?

No I'm talking about non immigrant visas
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 8:09am On Mar 12
AfonjaBoston:


If you read the whole thing you would know he is talking about B1/B2
He is probably seeking info on how to adjust that visa that he has already, intend to process or as they say very often "asking for a friend" grin

Donald has introduced a new public charge rule for those seeking to remain and it is very interesting

No actually it's not concerning change of status or extension of stay or anything
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 8:10am On Mar 12
UhnNah:


Im not a pro about this visa stuff but i think you're looking too deep into it,People has gotten a visa on 80k salary! When it comes to B1/B2,They don't really care about your money! Their major concern is that you'll return back home after you're done with your conference/holiday whatever! (Ties)

As long as you can afford the trip yourself or through a sponsor! You should be fine! Why would you be applying for a visa if you can't afford the trip anyway?! By the way im curious,You've never had a US visa or those previous applications were renewals? Anyway, It's good that you're researching,be curious,investigate and make your application!

I used to think that they did care about money in the sense that they'd want to make sure the applicant or their sponsor can afford all travel expenses. In fact this is what made me think the public charge rule would affect b1/b2 applications. My limited understanding of the rule has me thinking that sure they are concerned about immigrants being a drain on US resources by using benefits and all, but also that they'd want to make sure non immigrants are not taking undue advantage of medical resources and the like. I think I read somewhere that with the implementation of the rule b1/b2 visa applicants' salaries would be considered to ensure they can afford 6 months medical insurance as that's the duration DHS tends to give on arrival at the border. Unfortunately I don't have a link for this but perhaps the site was erroneous or maybe I was just looking too deep like you say

Per your question I have had about 3 US visa's granted in the past, I have never been denied a visa to the US or anywhere else...thus far...and forever and ever in Jesus Name amen! grin
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 8:14am On Mar 12
AfonjaBoston:


Nna ukwu, i am not aware of any consular lawyers on this portal most of these folks become overnight " experts/pros/travel and visa agents" once they get a visa approved and to the best of my knowledge COs have stopped answering questions here

Your best bet will be to call USCIS directly, contact US immigration attorneys or visit immigration portals like visajourney and immihelp

To answer your question , the public charge rule is not applicable to that category of visa what is applicable is you developing ties to your home country and overcoming any immigration intent.

It is obvious that with your sheer curiosity about public charge rule ( solely for those with immigration intent) it will be hard to determine ties to your country
It is the least of things you should be worried about when planning to visit the USA!


LOL @ overnight experts! Ah I would be happy if it doesn't affect visit visa categories oh abeg! And yes I have been very interested in the public charge rule but only as concerns my holiday grooves. I have good ties in Nigeria so that's not an issue nor has ever been one in previous applications (all granted like I mentioned to UhnNah)
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 9:20am On Mar 12
cinammon:

So here is my transcript***

VO: how much do you earn monthly?
Hubs: I earn *******(7 figures) and my wife earns ****** (6 figures) monthly.

Hello Cinammon. my congratulations to you. Wish I was in your shoes with the whole process already successfully behind me smiley
I will be applying together with my wife. Did your husband act as your sponsor? Our salary figures are the same as yours so I am wondering whether I need to sponsor my wife. In the past she has applied as self sponsor but since we are applying together I wonder. Since we got married we have taken every overseas trip together but we have both applied separately in the past and been granted US visas at least 3ce each but this is the first time our renewals are coming up at the same time.
Responses from the house in general are also much welcome and appreciated

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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by seyewest(m): 9:38am On Mar 12
johnJS:


Hello Cinammon. my congratulations to you. Wish I was in your shoes with the whole process already successfully behind me smiley
I will be applying together with my wife. Did your husband act as your sponsor? Our salary figures are the same as yours so I am wondering whether I need to sponsor my wife. In the past she has applied as self sponsor but since we are applying together I wonder. Since we got married we have taken every overseas trip together but we have both applied separately in the past and been granted US visas at least 3ce each but this is the first time our renewals are coming up at the same time.
Responses from the house in general are also much welcome and appreciated

If you want to apply with child(ren) I believe you should be the sponsor, if just 2 of you, you both take any options you want.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by Beverlyhills: 3:45pm On Mar 12
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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by johnJS: 9:16am On Mar 13
seyewest:


If you want to apply with child(ren) I believe you should be the sponsor, if just 2 of you, you both take any options you want.

OK thank you I do appreciate your response.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by IfyKelly: 1:36pm On Mar 13
Hi, I need your suggestions on this. My parents was denied B1/B2 visa to visit me. The interview was at Abuja last week. The consulate asked them 1) their occupation, my dad is a senior lecturer at the university and my mum a nurse at teaching hospital.
2) about their other children location? They are all in Nigeria.
3) About me and how long I have been in the us? They answered two years and I travelled through immigrant visa.
Then she still denied them visa, I am just confused so much cos they have a reputable income, good jobs and children in Nigeria. I just wonder what other ties they need. They had documents to show landed properties too but the VO didn't ask for any supporting documents.
I just want them to visit that's all.
I need suggestions on how to go about it for their next application.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by AfonjaBoston: 1:44pm On Mar 13
@ Ifykelly Do you have kids?
Are you a citizen yet? Why don't you petition for them when the ban is lifted?

I did for my parents snd they are not even staying here ( too old school to live overseas)

If you are in the south the processing time is just barely over a year now

You might wanna have them reapply in Lagos. What exactly will they ve doing during the visit?
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by IfyKelly: 1:50pm On Mar 13
AfonjaBoston:
@ Ifykelly Do you have kids?
Are you a citizen yet? Why don't you petition for them when the ban is lifted?

I did for my parents snd they are not even staying here ( too old school to live overseas)

If you are in the south the processing time is just barely over a year now

You might wanna have them reapply in Lagos. What exactly will they ve doing during the visit?
I have just one kid. I am a permanent resident. Even if I am a citizen, my parents dont want to live here, they just like the idea of visiting. Like your parents, they are too old to live here, invested a lot of their time in Nigeria.
Its lagos better, they plan to just visit for two weeks.
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by AfonjaBoston: 2:01pm On Mar 13
IfyKelly:

I have just one kid. I am a permanent resident. Even if I am a citizen, my parents dont want to live here, they just like the idea of visiting. Like your parents, they are too old to live here, invested a lot of their time in Nigeria.
Its lagos better, they plan to just visit for two weeks.

Most likely that CO thought they had immigrant intent.
Let them retry lagos this time around lay emphasis on visiting U.S. and what exactly they will be doing with less focus on you.
If you have been to Nigeria recently and sponsoring also helps if they say that .

The irony is they issue visit visas to senior citizens who are retired than those working. Hmmmm doesnt make sense lol. My grandma used this process to visit last year

She did not have to talk much. I paid for the ticket she said that during the interview and also said it was a birthday gift from me to her.

The Interview was less than 5 mins. The over 90 years old lady could not wait to go back lol she said our egusi soup taste and smells like fresh wood grin cheesy

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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by IfyKelly: 2:14pm On Mar 13
AfonjaBoston:


Most likely that CO thought they had immigrant intent.
Let them retry lagos this time around lay emphasis on visiting U.S. and what exactly they will be doing with less focus on you.
If you have been to Nigeria recently and sponsoring also helps if they say that .

The irony is they issue visit visas to senior citizens who are retired than those working. Hmmmm doesnt make sense lol. My grandma used this process to visit last year

She did not have to talk much. I paid for the ticket she said that during the interview and also said it was a birthday gift from me to her.

The Interview was less than 5 mins. The over 90 years old lady could not wait to go back lol she said our egusi soup taste and smells like fresh wood grin cheesy
Lol @ egusi soup.
Thanks I appreciate your feedback. I was in Nigeria last year, so hopefully that will count. They can reapply this year right?
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by AfonjaBoston: 2:22pm On Mar 13
IfyKelly:

Lol @ egusi soup.
Thanks I appreciate your feedback. I was in Nigeria last year, so hopefully that will count. They can reapply this year right?

How soon you reapply depends on you. They recommend 180days wait but hey its all about that composure they exude and how important the trip means to you and them

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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by IfyKelly: 2:46pm On Mar 13
AfonjaBoston:


How soon you reapply depends on you. They recommend 180days wait but hey its all about that composure they exude and how important the trip means to you and them

Ok. Thanks
Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by oyefunmi: 2:52pm On Mar 13
Good day everyone. I need your view/ advice in my preparation for my us visa interview in some wks time.
Hubby has applied twice and been denied as a result of showcasing a strong ties in the us for returning back to Nigeria. But this time we applied together for b1/b2 visiting visa for my cousin's graduation. we have booked for an hotel reservation. What are the likely questions that I should look out for from the consular

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Re: USA Visit Visa Part 4 by seyewest(m): 3:25pm On Mar 13
oyefunmi:
Good day everyone. I need your view/ advice in my preparation for my us visa interview in some wks time.
Hubby has applied twice and been denied as a result of showcasing a strong ties in the us for returning back to Nigeria. But this time we applied together for b1/b2 visiting visa for my cousin's graduation. we have booked for an hotel reservation. What are the likely questions that I should look out for from the consular
Do you have substantial travel history?

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