Would this be a woman that you have been writing for a number of weeks, have never met with, and she has suggested that she come to the USA?
Be VERY careful, the chances of her getting a tourist visa are naxt to zero and the biggest scam going is this scenario where the guy is scammed for visa and ticket 'exaggerated' costs and then, at the last minute, she is at the RU airport but they won't let her on the plane until he sends another $1000 and does she ever arrive to the guy, NO.
i have gone to her country to meet her one time a few months back. I met her in person and met her family. I had a good time with her. Now, she wants to visit me and meet my family and see my country. I've known her for about 8 months. So, is it impossible to get a tourist visa to the usa????
if she can get one, how long should it take?? She wants to visit in July of 2007. And long can tourist visas be valid for? what is the maximum amount???
She wants to visit in almost a year from now???
The American guys on this site can advise far better than I can but I do not think that she will get a tourist visa, I keep hearing of K1 visa for marriage within 3 months of setting foot in USA, perhaps that may be the route to go, if she likes it then you get married and within 3 months, if she doesn't then no hard feelings.
in your case why not, is she ok to live with you for three months to see how things go and if ok she will marry with you?
what surpise me is that she is thinking about july 2007, why that long, unless she is still a student wnd would to finish her education ... which I understand very well and I would advise you to support her in her studdies.It would be positive for her and for you, that she would be able to work in the usa
yeah, i understand. But why can she not get a tourist visa??? i'm thinking that she can visit me in usa for a month. Then she wants us get married in her country. Because it is important that her family be at her wedding.
then after she visits, then i will visit her again in her country and we can get married. then we can file for k3(spousal visa) and then she can move to america about 6 months after we get married.
It is impossible for any woman from Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukrain...ETC. to secure a Tourist Visa...it really doesn't exist for people of this part of the world. There is too much of a risk for them to stay in the USA and not go back when the Visa expires. There are exceptions, people who own land, have an existing family (children) , or an amount of capital...larger than normal....these people are not a risk to stay in the USA.
I have met online young girls who are here on Visa, but it is a work permit type of Visa. They got an American Company to offer them work, documented, before they started the Visa process. Along with Study programs, these are the only 2 ways I have seen any FSU women enter the States other than a K1 Fiance Visa.
August, there is a way of obtaining a visitors visa to the US. Normally, it is reserved to the people who can afford it. To explain, it would be for people who apply for a tourist visa trough an agency in Russia. However, INS rules are rules. To get a visa, one has to prove ties with the native country. Unless the girl has family, kids, WELL PAYING JOB, real estate and so on in Russia, then it is impossible to get a tourist visa. There are some easy ways to immigrate here without having a fiance or a sponsor. Anybody can immigrate here if they can prove that they are gona to invest $250,000 into US economy by opening a business.
If you don't believe that fiance visa is the way to go, then let her try to get a visitors visa. What's a big deal? An aplication cost $100-150, so you can be sure that she can afford it. Well, you can sponsor her, I guess. There is no need to buy tockets without having visa.
Finally, thousands of Russians come to the US as visitors each year. To limit illigal imigration , there are set rules.
If she was independent, she wouldn't ask you if she can visit. She would just get visa and go (of course making sure you are available for the date).
With her not being in a rush, I think, it is a good sign, but the sign of what?
On the other hand, fiance visa is not free. More or less, it is emotional pain.
Well, search for Pony Express and for info about fiance visa, US embasies webpages and so on.
You don't want to get married in Russia, unless you have the time to spend a month going different agencies. Check the "5 steps to marry in Russia" on the US embassy webpage.
If I were you, I would plan the wedding party when she gets a US visa, but marry her here in the US. Do u think, her relatives will not drink vodka just because there is no marriage sertificate (or the stamp in the passport)?
Also, if I am not mistaken, you can wed in a church, sinagoge or a mosk in Russia, but to be oficially married, you have to register in ZAGS.
Very interesting what you write about Visas. You said,.. "There are some easy ways to immigrate here without having a fiance or a sponsor. ..." And, "..Finally, thousands of Russians come to the US as visitors each year. To limit illigal imigration , there are set rules. .."
Can you expand on these? I would like to know how they get in. I don't doubt it, because I know there is a very large population of Ukrainians in Sacramento, California......and I know they all didn't arrive on K1's. If there are some easy ways, I sure would like to learn about them.
After reading all this...Your lady can get B2 visa. When she arrived to airport after all checking she will get one stamp ( red ink - arrival date) and on top of that other stamp ( black ink - departure date). So, it could be 3 or 6 month. If you need more info ,where can I write to You?
Glennf, Thank you for your help. So, with B2 visa, does my lady still need proof of returning to her country or strong ties to her home nation??
so, she can stay up to 6 months on B2 visa?? that would be great.
Do you have any websites where you found your info.??
August: Here is how you do it. Forget what you have been told. If you have a single woman from FSU visiting a single man in the US the odds of getting a tourist or visitor visa are very slim. What people have said about strong ties, are all true, but it is still very difficult.
Have her go to travel agency and book at trip to a likely tourist destination. (Disney World ususally works) Have the trip booked for round trip flight and hotel. Use that as the basis for getting the tourist visa. After the visa is issued, cancel the trip and make your own arrangements. No promises but it has worked for me. Put some effort into trying to get the first tourist visa. Once one tourist visa has been issued and she actually returns to her native country, then subsequent tourist visas are easy to get. You will need to give her an affidavit of support but that is after the visa is issued and is only important at the port of entry, you do not need it to get the visa.
I have read you post. And I am wondering if can you help me on the affidavit of support that you had success previously. Would you be able to send me the sample letter you wrote?
I will truly appreciate if you can provide me with any information.
Visitor visas require the intended visitor (not the host or invitor) to demonstrate "strong ties" to intended visitor's country of residence. Well-paying job/ own business/ marital family staying behind/ substantial savings/ real estate are a few examples of "strong ties".
Or you can try getting a visitor visa thru any large travel agency, which "guarantees" a US visitor visa. Only thing is they can charge as much as $1,600, some part of which goes to the US consular officials. Such detour is only because US consular officials don't fully know the US federal system, for if they knew it as well as I do, they be accepting bribes over the counter.