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Old 23.04.2012, 18:27
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US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Hi!... I'm a Filipina married to a Swiss man. My hubby & I are planning to have our honeymoon in New York. We have confirmed bookings already of our round-trip ticket as well as the hotel to where we will be staying. My US Tourist Visa application was denied after the consular officer got to know that I'm only 4 months here in Switzerland in other words, I don't have enough ties and I have not overcome a presumption that I will be using the visa to immigrate or work illegally in the United States. What should we do now? Please help us.

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Old 23.04.2012, 18:32
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What does a visa denial under INA section 214(b) mean?

This law applies only to nonimmigrant visa categories. If you are refused a visa under section 214(b), it means that you:

Did not sufficiently demonstrate to the consular officer that you qualify for the nonimmigrant visa category you applied for; and/or
Did not overcome the presumption of immigrant intent, required by law, by sufficiently demonstrating that you have strong ties to your home country that will compel you to leave the United States at the end of your temporary stay. (H-1B and L visa applicants, along with their spouse and any minor children, are excluded from this requirement.)

What are considered strong ties to my home country?

Ties are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your home country. Strong ties vary from country to country, city to city, and person to person, but examples include:

Your job;
Your home; and/or
Your relationships with family and friends.
While conducting visa interviews, consular officers look at each application individually and consider the applicant's circumstances, travel plans, financial resources, and ties outside of the United States that will ensure the applicant’s departure after a temporary visit.

Is a refusal under section 214(b) permanent?

No. A refusal, or ineligibility, under section 214(b) is for that specific application, so once a case is closed, the consular section cannot take any further action. There is no appeal process. If you feel there is additional information that should be considered related to the visa decision, or there are significant changes in your circumstances since your last application, you may reapply for a visa. To reapply, you must complete a new application form, pay the application fee, and schedule an appointment for a new interview. Review the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate where you plan to reapply to learn about any reapplication procedures.
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Hi!... I'm a Filipina married to a Swiss man. My hubby & I are planning to have our honeymoon in New York. We have confirmed bookings already of our round-trip ticket as well as the hotel to where we will be staying. My US Tourist Visa application was denied after the consular officer got to know that I'm only 4 months here in Switzerland in other words, I don't have enough ties and I have not overcome a presumption that I will be using the visa to immigrate or work illegally in the United States. What should we do now? Please help us.

Thanks so much & God bless to everyone!
For whatever reason, the Consulate deemed you a potential risk to become an immigrant with a non-immigrant visa. You will have to reduce that risk for them.

Postpone your honeymoon in order to better establish ties to Switzerland. Once you can better show your ties are firmly rooted here, then reapply for your US visa. It will cost you the rebooking fees for your arrangements, but it's better than losing your money all together.

One note... if you become a Swiss Citizen down the road, when you apply under ESTA to enter the US, you will have to answer "YES" to the question "Have you ever been denied a visa?" If you answer "NO" to this question, it could be grounds to deny you entry into the US.
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Thanks so much KeinFranzösisch for your advice! We will try to re-apply & this time I will provide all the necessary supporting documents of my Swiss hubby. Thanks & God bless!!
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

You might also be keen on this thread:

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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Thank you jrspet for the information you've given. I will provide all the necessary supporting documents of my Swiss hubby the second time around I'll go to the US Embassy. I'll let you inform if we made it... Hoping for the best!
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

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Total BS and based on who was processing your info. Before you go through all the trouble, get in touch with your native embassy in NYC and tell them the situation, that you are only there for your honeymoon. Tell them you will provide a marriage certificate upon entry and proof that your husband works/lives en suisse.
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Probably, the person processing the application could not tell Switzerland from Swaziland.
SCNR...

If they deny it again, just go somewhere else for honeymoon.
But don't forget to send the tourist-office in NYC a nice letter explaining the problem.
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

and inform BrandUSA as well.
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Another thing which could work - get a letter from your husband's employer to state that he and his family (you) are going on holiday and post that will be coming back to Switzerland. Ask them to mention how long he has been employed and that he has applied/taken leave for this duration.

That is what i do with my family when they need to travel.
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

If it makes you feel better, i have been in 30 countries and have all their stamps and visas yet i got denied entry visa to the US twice (one conference and once business with letter from my employer) after living in Switzerland for over 2 years.....they said the same thing, i'm even married and have a kid here....go spend your honeymoon somewhere else where you enjoy it better than spoiling it with such frustration....the problem is not about you, it's all about them and they need to deal with it
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Thanks for all of you guys! Your advices comforted me and brought back the hope to spend our honeymoon in New York. It's fine with me not in NYC anymore if we didn't have the confirmed booking round-trip ticket and hotel.

Hope for the best! I'll inform you whatever the outcome... Cheers!!!
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Consider Canada:

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca...ang=eng&view=d

http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca...ang=eng&view=d

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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

Hi everyone!

Thanks for responding to my post! Do I have to inform my embassy here in Switzerland that I am here since January 8, 2012? Thanks again & God bless!!!
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Old 26.04.2012, 10:03
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

That would be a good idea to register with your local embassy ( voting and consular assistance ).
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That would be a good idea to register with your local embassy ( voting and consular assistance ).
Would it help me to be granted a tourist US visa? Do I need to go personally to register to my embassy here in Switzerland? Thanks for the advice!
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Old 26.04.2012, 10:11
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Re: US tourist visa application denied under Section 214(b).

The US government alone decides who gets to enter and registration with your local embassy has no bearing on the outcome

http://www.philembassyberne.ch/

Imporant: http://www.philembassyberne.ch/assistance.htm


Philippine Embassy
Kirchenfeldstr. 73
CH-3005 Berne

Switzerland
Tel: +41 (31) 350 1717
Fax: +41 (31) 352 2602
Hotline: +41 79 5421 992
Email: info@philembassyberne.ch

Philippine Consulate General in Geneva
47 Avenue Blanc, 1202 Geneva
Tel.+41-22-7161930
Email. geneva.pm@dfa.gov.ph

Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Basel
Innere Margarethenstrasse 2, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
Telephone No: +41(61) 2789988
Telefax No : +41(61) 2789980
www.philippineconsulate.ch
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The US government alone decides who gets to enter and registration with your local embassy has no bearing on the outcome

http://www.philembassyberne.ch/

Philippine Embassy
Kirchenfeldstr. 73
CH-3005 Berne

Switzerland
Tel: +41 (31) 350 1717
Fax: +41 (31) 352 2602
Hotline: +41 79 5421 992
Email: info@philembassyberne.ch

Philippine Consulate General in Geneva
47 Avenue Blanc, 1202 Geneva
Tel.+41-22-7161930
Email. geneva.pm@dfa.gov.ph

Philippine Honorary Consulate General in Basel
Innere Margarethenstrasse 2, 4002 Basel, Switzerland
Telephone No: +41(61) 2789988
Telefax No : +41(61) 2789980
www.philippineconsulate.ch
There's no much help of doing so... Thanks jrspet for the info!
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