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Trying to get B2 visa for 20 yr Cousin

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Hello, I (US citizen) am planning to bring my 20 yr cousin to visit for a month during his college summer holidays. I've been reading that his age group typically gets visa denied due to their fear of that age group settling down in US. He has no such plans and just wants to visit for a month. He still has his final year of college to graduate. Would emphasis on this point help in obtaining his visa? What else can I tell him to say/emphasize that would get him approval?

  • He is a student entering his final year of UG
  • He does not have any finances but his parents are well off and can provide for him. I will also be taking care of him financially if he comes here
  • He has a lot of relatives in india and is very close to them, including his parents
  • Never travelled internationally before

Given these info, what are his chances roughly of getting visa and what needs to be emphasized or discarded to give him better chances? thanks

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First, you  do not bring anyone nor can you get a B2 visa for anyone....the relative or friend must qualify based on their own merits by establishing to the satisfaction of the CO that they will abide by the terms of a B2 (tourist) visa...nothing you can say, do or write will have any positive effect on the outcome of his interview. Trying to coach him on the 'right' answers will shorten the interview considerably, because as soon as a CO perceives that he or she is hearing memorized answers, something is amiss (statistically) - someone is taking great pains to 'put on a show' and that will not work to the applicant's benefit.

Everything you listed is not considered a very strong reason to return....everyone (almost) has parents, often left behind when they find 'true love' moments after leaving baggage claim, people abandon their studies, job and family constantly to seek out a new life in America..mere possession of family or being a student does not automatically qualify someone for a B2 visa...in fact, there are NO specific things an applicant can have or say that guarantees visa issuance according to our laws....instead, the applicant must convince a CO that he or she will abide by the terms of that visa class and thus that decision to approve or deny is subjective, not objective. Some third party claiming this or that on behalf of an applicant, whether in writing or via some futile attempt to persuade a CO over the telephone is never considered ... in a positive way....it will only reinforce a CO's belief that something else is going on,  that there are other as yet undisclosed plans afoot, and besides, a CO should never buy the opinions of another interested third party when it comes to making a visa decision....COs have been trained to make those decisions alone...without outside influence.

The more one keeps retelling the same story, the worse off they will be....because behaving as if COs are the most naive people on the planet will backfire swiftly.

The above list of 'ties' is ordinary...a lot of applicants have similar backgrounds/situations....his is not unique...nor is the 'fact' that you will help financially...that in and of itself is nothing more than window dressing....meaningless in the larger picture of establishing one's bona fides to a CO..

when was the last time you visited said cousin? The answer to that question would tell me a lot.

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Based on what you mentioned, chances are low. If you read your #2, that alone will make them deny visa. No one can sponsor visa expenses and as you mention that, it means that you are helping him get here in beginning and then because he is about to graduate, he will try to find job here and stay legally or illegally.

The single most item he needs to project in his application is that he has more inclination to return back to home country than staying in US. He can show that by

  1. Strong ties in home country (job, job prospect, family, other)
  2. Have strong source of income or source in India
  3. Have less or no benefit in staying in US beyond time period.

Understand that it is difficult to convince that he will return when he is about to finish education and have no further plans on doing anything there. An obvious question officer can ask that why he wants to return beyond the fact that he has family to return to in this case.

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Untill he goes for the interview there is no way anyone can tell he will get a visa or not. All we can say is the rejection rate is very high for people like your cousin. There is nothing you can show as proof that he will come back after a month. Everything you said makes sense, but there is nothing stopping him from changing his mind after coming to US. 

I am sure Noah will have more to add, if you have not already read his earlier posts. 

All I can say is take an appointment, attend the interview, be honest with the CO and just hope he gets a visa. If he doesn't, just forget about it and move on. Did I mention be honest and don't make up a false story for why he is visiting you. 

 

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Hi Noah, i visit my cousin once every 2 years or so. I usually stay with him and his family during my vacations and I would like to pay the favor back by having him visit place/surroundings and stay with me for once. As far as having him stay here long term and all that, I neither encourage that behavior nor can I finance him for more than a month/vacation duration. 
 

 

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On 2/3/2020 at 3:04 PM, -gus_TT_showbiz- said:

Hi Noah, i visit my cousin once every 2 years or so. I usually stay with him and his family during my vacations and I would like to pay the favor back by having him visit place/surroundings and stay with me for once. As far as having him stay here long term and all that, I neither encourage that behavior nor can I finance him for more than a month/vacation duration. 
 

 

however, your expressed lack of encouragement about his possible option to stay in the US is not relevant....you cannot control his actions once admitted to the US...I've heard this sort of thing way too often, as some Amcit proclaims their ideals against illegal immigration....yet if true, why aren't (or others will similar beliefs) out there rounding up illegals even as we speak? Because you have no authority to do so...sure, you could call ICE but I doubt you would 'drop a dime' on your cousin if he decided to stay put...what matters is the CO's assessment of his situation, not your beliefs nor alleged unwillingness/inability to support him....those things do not matter at all.

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I was mainly replying to your question about how often i visit him. Not sure what you took away from that but I’m definitely close with him, even sort of a mentor role, and would like him to see my house and meet my friends as well as take him to all the tourist attractions. If his chances are low then so be it but neither of us have any deceitful intentions about him staying long term. Hopefully the CO sees that too. 

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It needn't be a problem as long as the VO sees merit in your case. Please post your experience after you have completed your process.

Edited by cyberlord

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my question was based on years of interviewing experience, when some claimed they 'had to' visit some favorite relative, often someone whom they'd not seen for years...

your reasons for his visa request are immaterial insofar as having any positive effect on the outcome of his interview...if he is not able to convince a CO that he will abide by the trust he is seeking, based exclusively on his own merits, then by law his application will be denied, no matter how many letters or phone calls you make trying to plea for reconsideration (which, BTW, does not exist).

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I guess that’s what I’m having trouble understanding. How can he effectively convince a CO while giving brief and to the point answers to only questions that the CO asks? If the CO asks him questions like ‘why are you going?’ ‘How long are you staying?’, how will he able to communicate that he is going to come back? 

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If there is a genuine reason for the visit, then he will not have to worry much and he should already have answers to those questions. If he is preparing for a story to the VO, then they will know it the first 30 sec's.  Ask yourself, is this a genuine trip? If yes, then you would not be searching for the answers to these questions here. 

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