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Applying for US Visa

Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 05:35 AM

For those of you who know people who have applied for a US VISA or who have applied yourself, is it best to have letters of recommendation writen to the US Embassy about the person or a personal letter writen to the applicant stating you are inviting them and responsible for their trip? should the letter be writen to the US Embassy or to whom?

Any advice is appreciated.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 05:50 AM

and does one have a better chance if they apply for a 1 month VISA vs. 4+ months? (not to stay 4 months but to be able to travel more than once to the US in 4 months.)
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 01:46 PM

227 7161, ask for visa info
Posted By: JDTremblay

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 01:55 PM

try this see if it helps

http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html
Posted By: snorkelgirl

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 02:03 PM

I think it depends what country they're from. My former boyfriend came from Australia on a 3 month visa and we didn't do anything more than the application. He had to state that he had funds to cover the trip and at customs they check that he had a return flight booked already, but that was all.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 06:36 PM

I was on that website and all the links from it last night. The US embassy and gov't does not answer my questions or give tips as far as letters of invitation or recommendation. It only tells you how to apply, which I understand.

Thanks so much Katie. Snorkelgirl, good to hear your experience. I am told it is much harder for a Belizean, especially when they are not the one covering expenses for their trip and are invited by someone.
Posted By: cracked up

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 07:14 PM

Anything to prove that you have no desire to live/work/stay in the U.S.A. other than for a holiday:
Belize bank accounts
Property ownership
Morgage
Dependents in Belize
Long term gainfull, current employment in Belize

I don't think that letters of reference other than one from your current employer have much bearing. With the exception of who you will be staying with.
Posted By: casa de amor

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 07:21 PM

when our freinds that are like family wanted to come visit us in the states from AC they got a month visa. i can remember it was a difficult/ and lenghty thing for them to get. there were four of them, all belizean.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 07:26 PM

My friend had proof of all that, AND proof that he was completely financing his own trip. He was still turned down for a visa to visit Canada.

The government response was that they were not confident he would return home, which just baffles me.
Posted By: Belikin Bill

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 08:12 PM

Did he use you as a reference Seashell? smile
Posted By: DoverDiver

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 08:24 PM

Do you need a visa to enter Belize ??
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 08:38 PM

Ya' heard about that "wall" being built on the Mexican border of the USA? Well, it actually starts in Belize City at the US Embassy.

It can be difficult for Belizeans wanting to visit the US.

Some items that will help but not guarantee a visitor's non-immigrant visa to the US.

The person whom the visitor will be traveling with and/or the person sponsoring the trip should definitely put this in writing. Name and all contact info should be included, especially where the visitor will be staying.

Address this to: Consular Officer, US Embassy, (address in Belize). Make sure it is legit, because the US embassy and immigration officer (border or airport) will call. No reference to work or volunteering or anything at all related to labor should be mentioned.

Also, this will help:

An official letter from work, signed by highest available officer(s)/manager(s). Time at work and salary should be included.

REMEMBER:

Getting the visa is do-able, easy, if established in Belize. A working 30 year old with land and money in Belize has a better chance than a 20 year old just starting out. Anyway, Immigration at the airport in the US will grill this individual - make sure all the details are worked out:

return ticket
who staying with (even if hotel)
contact info
job numbers in Belize
travel money (they do ask to see cash)
personal items in luggage.

WELCOME TO THE US!

SIN
Posted By: Belikin Bill

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 08:58 PM

DoverDiver No only a passport.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 10:03 PM

Doverdiver, LOL. Yeah, maybe that was the biggest problem.

I don't know how this works for US Immigration but up here, the "sponsor" can also be the representative and interact with Immigration/Embassy on behalf of the applicant. I wish we'd done that. Had we done so, perhaps things would have turned out differently. Who knows?

The whole thing is unbelievably frustrating. And to me, it is most heinous that the applicant must pay every time they apply, with no refund coming their way if they are denied. Oh yeah, not to mention must have already purchased the airline ticket. What the hell? How are they supposed to buy a ticket and then get refused? That means they've got to pay a higher fare to ensure they have a fully refundable ticket in case of being denied.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/07/06 11:09 PM

SIN, THANK YOU. YOU GAVE ME EXCELLENT INFO. I appreciate it. Sin, should the letter be writen directly to the embassy stating you are inviting this person, responsible, etc or writen as an invitation to the person? I believe the first from what you have writen. Again, thank you.
Do you feel it is better to have two letters from people in that state or is that tooooo much? For example from myself and my mom or friend.

Cracked up, I understand that material is needed as it states that for applying. I am told by many here that letters of invitation or reference from people in the US does make a big difference in addition from the Belizean employer.

All advice is appreciated.
Posted By: klcman

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 02:37 AM

KZK - run down to Banana Beach and ask Sandra what she did for her trip last summer.

Also, young (18-35), single, unattached males have a very hard time making entry. Especially true for those coming from less affluent nations.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 05:16 AM

Klc, thank you. I have heard unmarried men under 35 have a hard time too and that is why I am asking for all the advice I can. I greatly appreciate you telling me about Sandra. She is a local I assume?

Is it better not to mention unless asked if the local applying is the boyfriend of the sponser as they may think they are trying to relocate or would it help?
Posted By: Belikin Bill

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 05:58 AM

IMHO as one who has spent a few years with the state department(not in consular affairs). Have him tell them that he is going to the U.S. with his U.S. girlfriend that lives in Belize. That you are going on vacation together to show him the U.S.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 06:23 AM

So telling them truthfully that the friend you are 'sponsoring' is a longtime platonic friend, isn't the thing to do?
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 06:44 AM

Seashell, that would not be truthful "the friend you are 'sponsoring' is a longtime platonic friend"
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 06:48 AM

refer 3 posts up, last sentence.


Wondering if that fact would hurt or help...better to not mention or to address in my sponser letter.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 06:52 AM

Wouldn't be truthful for you KzK, but for me it was/is. Now, I'm thinking my pal and I should have pretended something *was* going on.

I wanted to make sure they didn't think it was a love connection because I was concerned that they'd think he'd not go home. As it turned out, even though he met all the criteria and more, they didn't let him in.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 07:01 AM

ok, gotcha. Figured you were refering to me after Bill said to say he was my boyfriend. I was thinking the same as you as far as a possible response if I tell them he is my bf. Which would be terrible for them to think since he would NOT want to stay in the US. 4 days will be plenty. Did you write your letter to the Embassy or to the applicant?
Posted By: seashell

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 07:43 AM

Memory is a bit dim, but I'm reasonably sure that I wrote two. One direct to him and one to them. I faxed them some stuff, for example, a copy of my passport.

Like I said, I don't know how it works with the US (heck I can barely figure out how it works here) but if they do allow the "sponsor" (you) to be the contact representative, I strongly recommend you go that route.
Posted By: seashell

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 08:00 AM

The other thing that I believe would have been helpful, was if we could have shown up at the Embassy in Guat City, to see them in person. (there's no Canadian Embassy in Belize)
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 08:37 AM

yes, we have to show up in person at the US Embassy in Belize. In addition to my passport I have to submit my bank account info, properties owned, etc to show I can support the person in an emergency, etc...

thanks for your advice seashell. cross your fingers and toes.
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 03:39 PM

You never have to remember the truth.

I would address one letter to the Embassy stating the purpose of the trip and one letter of invitation to the traveler.

SIN
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 04:35 PM

SIN, thanks for this advice too. That's what I figured, so do NOT mention he is a bf. Of course unless asked as I would not lie to them.
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 06:32 PM

SIN, being you are so knowledgable perhaps you can answer this. I am told and read online (posted 2003) that if you purchase land or property at a certain price you can apply for residency. This sounds too good to be true. Two people told me it is true and others said it used to be but not anymore. What do you know about this?
Posted By: Sir Isaac Newton

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/08/06 07:42 PM

I've not heard of this option. It is a bit cheaper just to hire an expiditer.

SIN
Posted By: Kra-Z-K

Re: Applying for US Visa - 03/10/06 10:10 PM

SIN, is this legal to hire? I am interested if this is legal. I know you must stay 1 full yr not leaving more than 14 days. I am approaching 1 yr but always have to leave more than 14 days a year.

Thank you.
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