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Is your Fiance or Spouse Visa Case Hopeless?

Is your Fiance or Spouse Visa Case Hopeless?

There are plenty of difficult cases out there. They have numerous RED flags, such as significant age differences, criminal histories, short relationships, adultery, too brief face-to-face meetings, previous denials, coming from a country known for visa fraud, and so on. For a detailed list of red flags visit

“I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

It comes down to the consular officer’s intuition. Whether he believes or disbelieves the couple is “bone fide”. If he suspects a sham, that the petition has been submitted for fraudulent purposes, only to gain admission to the USA (the golden ticket) not for a genuine opportunity for couple to make a life together, he will DENY.

There is no appeal

Because his decision is based on intuition, he doesn’t need solid proof of fraud. His suspicion ALONE,  is enough, and there is no appeal.

In my experience a hand crafted petition clearly demonstrating a couples sincerity, that includes 3 to 6 solid examples of the couples “bone fides” prepares the way for a successful interview, and visa approval. This has worked in ALL but one of the cases I have prepared.

The consular officer STILL suspects fraud?

WHAT IF, the consular officer STILL suspects fraud? What if after examining an awesome front loaded petition, he STILLl suspects that the 22 year old Moroccan male courting the 63 year old American woman, has a fraudulent agenda, regardless of how many emails they have exchanged?

That petition WILL be denied.

That petition will be denied. At least for the first time submitted. But what happens if the petition is submitted again, and again?

When a visa is denied a couple has a very rough time. Tears + Disappointment. If the CO was right in his assessment, if there really was fraud, very soon the couple splits up. The “gigolo” or “gold-digger” disappear seeking other likely targets.

A Genuine Couple remains together

But a genuine couple, sad and troubled STILL have each other. And if they still want a future together they have only one, practical option:  Try again. And again, And again. If they really want to share lives together in the USA that may be the only way to achieve their goal.

The first petition changes from being viewed as the entire effort, to become just a single battle of a longer campaign. Each petition, each battle brings the couple closer to success. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many battles were lost, it only matters that the war is finally won.

Each interview the couple appears more sincere

Each time the couple returns to the consulate officer’s desk they bring more evidence of their correspondences, more evidences of time spent together, and an enhanced appearance of a sincere couple.

Fraudulent couples rarely apply twice and never apply a third time. Persistence and perseverance become the STRONGEST evidence of the couple’s “bone fides” and should become the tipping point to convince the officer to approve and issue the visa.

Face to Face time, is KEY

In the toughest of cases, persistence alone may not be enough. The real proof of a couple that says they want to be together, is for them to actually show it by spending as much time as they can manage face to face. The American fiancee who lives overseas with his/her foreign fiance for months or years, is much, much more convincing than one that visits merely a week a year.

A loving couple in less than ideal circumstances.

If the foreign fiance is willing to spend the next 50 years living in the USA, it seems a small trade off to spend a year in his/her country first. Not only does this make a powerful demonstration to the consular officer, but ALSO to the couple them selfs. If they can be a compatible loving couple living in less than ideal circumstances, it shows they are meant for each other. Couples that experience and overcome obstacles together become stronger.

Perseverance+ Face to Face = No case is Hopeless

For cases that appear hopeless, taking the long view is necessary. Anticipate it may require not a solitary petition but a series of petitions. And consider physically moving overseas temporarily in order to live together as a couple while the campaign to live “happily ever after” in the USA is being fought.

Fred Wahl
the Visa Coach
1-800-806-3210 x 702
“I do the work, you get the gal (or guy).”


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