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Guangzhou applys Higher Standards for Fiance or Spouse Visas

A group of Immigration attorneys who help prepare and submit Fiancee K-1 and Spousal CR-1 visas are rallying together to complain and lobby against apparent procedural problems at the US visa section, Guangzhou China.

In reviewing their in-house data, and then combining this data across the different firms, they believe their statistics demonstrate that the Visa Section in Guangzhou is denying an abnormally high percentage of K-1 and CR-1 petitions. The attorneys assertion is that the visa officers in Guangzhou are over zealous in applying a higher standard than is official State Department policy. They believe this has resulted in Petitions which routinely would be approved at any other consulate, being unfairly denied in Guangzhou. Based on their own review of the denied cases, the attorneys have intuited the following list of extra-ordinary reasons they believe K petitions were denied in Guangzhou.

No English, No Visa.
One Visit, No Visa.
Marriage on First Visit, no Visa.
Very Large Age Different, No Visa.
Three or More marriages by Petitioner, No Visa.

These are the apparent “Red Flags” when applying for the Fiancee or Spousal visa in China. It seems that these could also negatively influence the consideration of your petition in other countries as well. To “err” on the safe side, I would suggest to any couple to strengthen the appearance of their genuine relationship, by addressing some of the issues listed above.

Enroll the Fiancee in English School if her English is weak.
Take a second trip. Enjoy a second or third visit, spend face to face time together.

In the case of the denied petitions, true love finally won out. Each denied Fiancee couple, got married, in China, then applied again, this time for an IR1 or CR1 visa, and after long delays, these were granted.

by Fred Wahl
Fiancee Visa Coach

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