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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    I had heard the same. *The question in this particular case is if visitor's visas for spouses of US citizens are now also being granted. *They used to be virtually impossible to get. *I personally know this for a fact.* The only way was to get a residency visa and exchange it for a visitor's visa.*



    That is our screwed up immigration system for sure. I have been with my wife for 8 years. Was never able to take her on trips to US until we married and got her residency.

    Things got complicated as I got laid off the day after she got residency, so our pans to move to US were delayed.

    She has been staying in the states and studying english and also was helping with my mother who was ill and her mother also had an accident.

    I am hoping by next spring we at least get a small apt in the states to gradually move. My case is a bit different as I did DCF and part of my job is travel througout latam. My new employer is flexible and had added parts of US to my region. They just realigned my territory so that it includes texas which is where we eventually plan to live. Problem is this year I will make maybe half of what I was because of horrible economies in most of latam. I will hopefully be starting a small company in Miami that should supplement our income and 2017 is looking to be a better year. Even if we get a place in US I will be traveling back and forth here for at least a year or more as I have lots of stuff that would need to be moved poco a poco and not in a container. Worst case we can swap for 10 year tourist visa but then if we have to move a year or two down the road, we have to change it back to residency. Nutty.

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    One thing I'm curious about is if her going to my home town instead of NYC will help. The Hispanic population in Ithaca is under 1% as far I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    One thing I'm curious about is if her going to my home town instead of NYC will help. The Hispanic population in Ithaca is under 1% as far I know.
    They pretty much couldn't care less where you go. It's being able to satisfy them that she will return that counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    One thing I'm curious about is if her going to my home town instead of NYC will help. The Hispanic population in Ithaca is under 1% as far I know.
    All of the US is considered Neuva Yolk. The more relatives in the USofA that they know about, the lesser the chance of a visitor's visa, because they would recognize a potential support system for an illegal alien.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafael View Post
    That is our screwed up immigration system for sure. I have been with my wife for 8 years. Was never able to take her on trips to US until we married and got her residency.

    Things got complicated as I got laid off the day after she got residency, so our pans to move to US were delayed.

    She has been staying in the states and studying english and also was helping with my mother who was ill and her mother also had an accident.

    I am hoping by next spring we at least get a small apt in the states to gradually move. My case is a bit different as I did DCF and part of my job is travel througout latam. My new employer is flexible and had added parts of US to my region. They just realigned my territory so that it includes texas which is where we eventually plan to live. Problem is this year I will make maybe half of what I was because of horrible economies in most of latam. I will hopefully be starting a small company in Miami that should supplement our income and 2017 is looking to be a better year. Even if we get a place in US I will be traveling back and forth here for at least a year or more as I have lots of stuff that would need to be moved poco a poco and not in a container. Worst case we can swap for 10 year tourist visa but then if we have to move a year or two down the road, we have to change it back to residency. Nutty.
    Similar to my story. The only way I could get my wife a visitor's visa 8 years ago was to first get her residency and then surrender that residency in exchange for a visitor's visa. This was actually recommended to us by a member of the staff from the US embassy during a meet and greet in Cabarete at the restaurant at Sea Horse Ranch (the one that burned).

    Now it seems possible on occasion for a US citizen living in the DR to get a visitor's visa for their spouse. No idea on the odds of that, but at least it is possible. One thing is for certain, the more ties to the US the worse the chances and the more ties to the DR insuring a return back to the DR the better for getting such a visitor's visa.

    The reason for the difficultly is all of the fake marriages set up by Dominicans to gain entry in the US. The visa denials are not without merit. It is more the fake marriages and deceit by Dominicans than it is the screwed up US immigration system. This I have come to learn over time.

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    Married four years and had a few trips to Panama etc. kids, property, business, long list of ties to the DR. Four or five hours in embassy. Asked her four questions (apparently its the minimum required). One of the questions was how old are you? They knew all of it from the paperwork. Then a quick NO. No explanation other than "in the opinion of the interviewer your wife is not qualified." Made me so mad we got her a green card and moved to Houston. Wife is now a US citizen, US passport and they can go to hell and rot. I am still mildly annoyed about the whole process. I have never been treated in such a dishonest fashion by a government agency in my life. Do not count on getting anything no matter how well qualified your wife may be. It appears to be random. They give out a few so it cannot be said they do not give out visitor visas. You might be lucky but do not expect much. The interview is private, no cell phones allowed inside, just your wife, you wait outside. I asked my wife in the hours you waited did you see anyone get a visitor visa? "No". Since this time I have read that most Dominicans who get a visitor visa and set one foot in a first world country do not come back. Nearly all overstay. Dominicans are prisoners on this island other than visiting countries no one want to see. I understand limiting visitor visas. What I do not like is the deception. Took me three days to get a embassy staff person on the phone. Read my list of my wife's ties to the DR. Consisted of 25 items. Asked him "what else she could do to become more qualified". "Cannot tell you as the decision is up to the interviewer." Hope your experience is better than ours.

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