Updated – 02/2017
Many couples have tried to go the route of obtaining either a (B1 or B2) Visa for Tourism or Visitor to the USA only to get denied, some up to two times. Countries such as the Philippines which is considered a developing third world nation routinely have a 5% or less success rate with this versus filing an I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) which offers your loved one the K1 Fiance(e) Visa at a near 100% success rate.
Foreign citizen who come from more developed nations, such as China, India, South Korea stand a much better chance. Filipino citizens who wish to visit the United States temporarily must first obtain a visa. Those coming to the US as tourists, to visit friends or relatives, for medical treatment or to conduct business, must obtain a visitor’s visa (B1 for business or B2 for pleasure / medical treatment).
B1 and B2 are non immigrant visas. Such visas are normally issued up to a period of three months to ten years. Once the visitor is in the USA, an additional extension of six months can be obtained upon approval by the USCIS.
Person planning to enter the United States for different purposes, such as study, temporary employment, crew service, journalism, religious work, marriage, must apply for a different category of visa. Person who want to remain in the United States indefinitely or plan to seek employment cannot be classified as visitors.
Filipino Citizens face some very tough USCIS requirements for B1 / B2 Visas.
There are more denials for Filipinos who are trying to get a B1 or B2 tourist / visitor visa routinely because of strict guidelines that USCIS has implemented. Most fail, even those thought to be very well off in life because of real reasons suspected by US Interviewers, who are highly trained at sniffing out the truth on many that present wrong reasons for coming to the United States. One that normally tops the list is Filipinos who want to come for marriage to a boyfriend or girlfriend who is a US Citizen.
So, what are some main reason that interviewers deny so many Filipinos applying for B1 / B2 Tourist Visa?
Here are the most common reasons that we have heard of for the past several years.
– Applicant has no immediate relatives living in the US.
– Applicant does have a boyfriend or girlfriend relationship in the US.
– Applicant is asked where they would go once in the US, and says something like Broken Bow Nebraska rather than Orlando Florida to visit Disney World.
– Applicant is unable to demonstrate that they own land or real estate in the Philippines.
– Applicant is unable to provide records for past year of a substantial income and or savings account.
– Applicant cannot provide documented proof of ownership toward a successful business of at least one year.
– Applicant is fresh out of College.
– Applicant has a substantial amount of money to show in accounts but is unable to show where it came from or who placed it there for them.
– Applicant is unable to show documented proof that they have traveled to other Countries in the past that are much easier to go to such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and have returned to the Philippines without incident.
The above information is solely our observations and analysis from hear-say of many hundreds whom we have consulted with and should not be taken as legal advice for your own circumstances.
A FilAm Immigrations specialist can further advise you of your options of which visa is most obtainable for you.
Now the US Department of State claims that some of what they are looking for plays an important role in whether a person receives an approval or denial. These are not particularly for third world second world developing Countries.
– You are above the age of 60 years.
– You own a house in your home Country.
– You have traveled to other Countries before without incident.
– Your age is between 15 to 30 years
– You are not married.
– You are widow or widower.
– You do not earn much money.
– You do not file an income tax return.
– You frequently visit only certain Countries.
– Someone has filed an immigrant petition for you.
– Your passport was lost at anytime.
– You have a communicable decease.
– You are involved in any court cases.
– You where sentenced for a crime in the past no matter how small.
– You have past due alimony for wife and or kids.
– Someone may give any negative information about you to the US Consulate.