Can I get a tourist B2 visa to the USA for my potential spouse? This is probably one of the most sought after answers on the internet. You meet someone aboard; spend a little time with them in their own country. Then a time comes when you start to think about taking the relationship to the next level; marriage. You start to think to yourself, wouldn’t it be nice if my fiance could come to the USA for a visit?
For all intent and purposes, this sounds like a great idea. Your potential spouse will be able to see the USA before they make a permanent relocation. You as the sponsor will have a good idea what it might be like to live with this person; especially if that person gets a 6 month visa to the USA. You will have a very nice three to four month living arrangement before he or she will have to leave the country. Another plus would be your potential spouse being able to meet your family and friends.
Now let us take a look at how the USCIS sees the application for a tourist visa… The USCIS has their own ideas of what a tourist visa might mean to your potential spouse. It means that your fiance might marry you and not return to their country. Or they could just disappear all together and violate the expiration of their B2 visa.
How do you get around the USCIS concerns? These methods that I am going to explain, does not work all the time. It is a bit of a “hit or miss method” and depends heavily on how well you document the effort. Keep in mind all the methods below require documentation that is convincing enough for the USCIS to feel comfortable in giving your fiance a visa.
If your fiance is from a country where the USA has an immigration agreement wavier program, most of the time a visa is not needed to enter the USA. All your fiance will need is a valid international passport. Google the country of your potential spouse and see if they have a visa waiver agreement with the USA.
If your potential spouse does not fall under the wavier agreement, here are a few things you can do to help increase your chances of your fiance getting a B2 tourist visa.
The First thing your fiance needs is $50,000 in a local bank. The Immigration service see this as a good reason for a person to return to their own country. They know the laws of the country and understand that a bank would not allow all that money to be withdrawn at one time. If your potential spouse does not have $50,000 in a local bank, then it is not wise to put your own money into a local bank for them until you check the local laws. Most countries have a limit on whom and on how much money can be taken out of the country at one time. If you ever wanted to take your money back, it may not be possible. For example, a Ukrainian bank will only allow a non citizen to take $10,000 out of the country. The rest cannot be touched and must remain in the bank or used for purchases within the country.
Secondly your potential spouse should be a homeowner. Even if they just own a condo or an apartment, it looks a lot better if they own property. Being a property owner is a good reason for a person to return to their own country. Most will not just walk away from a home they own for a life in another country.
The third way is for your potential spouse to have a child. If they were to leave that child behind with a grandparent or other family member, there is a good chance of that person returning to their own country.
The fourth and final way depends if your potential spouse is an avid traveler. If your potential spouse has traveled all over Europe and into a number of other western countries, then it is a very good chance that they will be allowed to travel to the USA. They have shown a good track record of traveling with the intent of returning to their own country.
These are the best ways to try and secure a B2 tourist visa. Even if you have all the pieces in place, all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted, there is always a chance of being denied. Yet not having any of these things as described above will almost always guarantee a denial. Make sure your fiance has at least one of the four specified above.