Entering the U.S: Documents Required for Foreign Nationals
Travelling has been known to be one of the greatest passions around the world. It takes people to places that they long to go. America is right now one of the most visited countries in the world. The US has had pretty vast attractions for its tourists. Every year the country generates huge revenue from the tourism sector. Even though there are exceptions to the visas allotted by the US Government but mostly, people do get a visit visa for a certain period of time.
Before travelling to the US, there are certain requirements that the US embassy requires you to fulfill in order to get the visa. The US entry requirements are necessary to check off a list otherwise one might face consequences, especially if it’s a “B2” visitor visa, the whole documentation and qualification process must be thoroughly gone through once. For more appropriate feedback, the travelling person could ask a person who has already travelled to US. People who need a visa to enter America got through a whole process and for that, the documents needed to travel to USA are discussed below.
- An application form (DS 160 for non-immigrant visas or DS 260 for immigrant visas)
- A passport
- Two photographs as per requirements
- Paid visa fee to be able to schedule an interview
- Sponsorship Documents
The applicants who are applying on someone’s guarantee are required to provide a sponsorship document. A person sponsoring from America promises that this person would behave as per the law. Also, the sponsoring person is answerable for any mischief created by the traveler. These sponsorship documents are either sent by friends or family or in some cases, colleagues.
- Family Documents
The details of your family members and their related documents are necessary. The US Embassy asks you to submit the photographs, their marital status, birth certificates, and a whole family tree. If a person is applying with your spouse, they require you to proof that you are married. The number of children is also specified in the documentation with their details.
- Previous Visas
If you have visited any place before, it is wise to take your passport for supporting your claim of travelling. This shows the US government that the applying candidate would return as he or she did previously. Also, the passport validity to enter US must be kept in mind. A passport should be valid for at least 6 more months.
- Property/Assets Documents
The property that you own and your assets must be detailed in a document. Since this is a supporting document any discrepancy in properties can lead to rejection of the visa.
- Prior US Visit Documents
If you have visited the US before, it is recommended to take the previous documents along. This includes the photographs taken as well along with the Passport and other details.
- An Invitation Letter for Visitor Visa
If you’re visiting the US on an invitation by a person or an institute or a job offer, make sure you submit that as well. It provides a proof to the US Government that you will not be visiting for a shorter while and also, you have some engagement there.
- Medical Assurance Certificate
When you’re travelling to any country, it is necessary that you get yourself checked and assured by a certified doctor. This is to show you are fit to travel and not carrying any disease into the USA. If you are a patient and on medication, do keep a document for the record.
You can have all the documents right and still be rejected but it is worth it. If you get rejected the first time, apply immediately the time next. It saves a lot of discrepancies. Also, the consular officer would gauge a person on the basis of the interview. If you’re travelling on visit visa, the officer would want the assurance that you only intend to travel for the mentioned time and not more than that. With this, he or she would take a brief look at your previous documents and ask questions about family to predict your loyalty to your home country. This gives them the satisfaction the person applying for America would definitely return.
You may receive a RFE (Request for Evidence) from the USCIS if they need more information, before making a decision on your application for your K1 marriage visa, K3/CR1 visa or adjustment of status. RFE is not an absolute denial, but it does mean that the USCIS found something dissatisfactory with the application you’ve submitted. Not every application for a marriage visa will be sent an RFE, so if you do receive one, ensure you follow the steps below.
3 Must-DOs for Responding to a Request for Evidence (RFE)
1. Return by Deadline
You must return the RFE by the deadline. If you fail to do so, your application may be considered abandoned or denied. There are no second chances with RFE, so make sure you submit it in good time. Use a recorded delivery service, so there is no question later on of when your RFE was delivered to the USCIS.
2. Partial is better than None
If you are unable to gather all the information requested on the RFE, provide what you can. If you don’t submit anything by the deadline, your application will not be progressed further. However, if you submit whatever you have, then USCIS will make a decision by taking that information into consideration.
If this is the case with your RFE, that you only have partial information to provide, contact us at email@example.com for further assistance on how to proceed.
We may be able to assist you as often there are substitutes you can provide, or make your case in a way that what you don’t have may not hinder your application.
3. Make Copies before Submission
Ensure you make copies of the RFE (Request for Evidence) notice itself, and keep it for your records because you will be submitting the original blue page back to the USCIS. Also keep a copy of the shipping receipt in case there is a question of whether it was received by USCIS.
Also keep copies of any information you provide with your RFE.
If you receive a RFE because of red flags in your circumstances, then be careful and consider getting expert advice. RFE is a one-shot deal, and you have to provide the information requested, within the time allotted, or your application will be denied.
You can use it to your advantage by considering it an opportunity to make your case, and providing the USCIS with the information that will work in your favour. If you need help or have any further questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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There has been a lot of political posturing in Washington, D.C., but lawmakers appear to be moving steadily towards passing Immigration Reform.
In the Senate, there appeared to be a problem with many Republicans who thought that the border security measures were not strong enough, possibly killing a bipartisan deal among Senators. However, Senators from both parties recently announced a compromise measure that would require major increases in fences and enforcement officers at the border, and that’s been enough to get several skeptical Republicans to announce their support.
Expect the Senate to hold a final vote on Immigration Reform in the next few days and to pass it.
Since Obama has already said he supports the Senate’s Immigration Reform proposal, the last remaining obstacle is the House of Representatives. Many representatives in the Republican majority have made it sound like a deal may not be possible, like by suggesting there will be no path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants – something Democrats insist must be in any Immigration Reform.
All eyes are on John Boehner, the Speaker of the House and leader of the Republican majority. He has not yet been clear about what kind of strategy he will be using, but he has predicted that Immigration Reform will pass by the end of the year.
Things are starting to pick up on Immigration Reform from both houses of Congress. First of all, the Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Gang of Eight plan with just a few changes. The vote was 13 to 5, with Republican Senators Orrin Hatch (UT), Linsdsey Graham (SC), and Jeff Flake (AZ) joining all ten Democrats in supporting the bill.
In two significant last minute amendments, the committee agreed to make some changes that would make it easier for companies to employ H-1B workers if less than 15% of their workers were on H-1B visas (this amendment was the price for Sen. Hatch’s vote). In a setback to supporters of same sex marriage, Democrats agreed not to push through an amendment that would have granted Green Cards to same sex couples who were legally married (although the Supreme Court may make a ruling in the next month that forces them to allow that anyway).
The bill will go before the Senate floor next week. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has said that he would not block the bill by requiring 60 votes to proceed, which is a sign that he thinks this bill is destined to pass with support from both parties.
In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan group came to an agreement on an Immigration Reform bill last week, although all the details have not been released. We do know that the House compromise has a slightly longer path to citizenship for people here illegally and that there are some lingering disagreements about the number of low skilled worker visas and how new immigrants will pay for their health care.
It seems unclear how the House of Representatives will handle Immigration Reform. They might try to do their own version of a bill based on this bipartisan compromise, but reform supporters are pushing them to adopt the Senate’s bill and reform opponents are pushing them to block Immigration Reform. How the House of Representative will handle this in the coming weeks is now the single biggest obstacle in passing Immigration Reform.
Over the past week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been working on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, marking up and amending the Gang of Eight’s original plan. As I mentioned in a previous post, in this process Senators have the ability to either strengthen or effectively kill Immigration Reform. Unfortunately, in recent days, many Republicans in the Judiciary Committee have been dropping hints that they might try to make changes to the bill that could delay or kill Immigration Reform. The focus has been on two Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, Lindsey Graham (SC) and Jeff Flake (AZ), who were part of the “Gang of Eight” who introduced the original version of the draft. Would they stick with the strong Gang of Eight plan, or would they join other Republicans in weakening Immigration Reform?
Thankfully, Senators Graham and Flake stuck by their allies in the Gang of Eight and made sure that Immigration Reform stayed strong. They sided with Immigration Reform and prevented passage of amendments that would have delayed or blocked a legalization program for undocumented immigrants, or would have increased border security beyond what the Gang of Eight otherwise agreed to.
Several other technical amendments were approved that will not make any significant changes to the changes previously mentioned. An amendments that would have tripled the H-1B cap was defeated.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will do a little more work on Immigration Reform next week, and then the bill will go before the full Senate.