US Tourist Visa Advice — 2016.
Recently I received this comment about a US Tourist Visa for a PhilFAQS reader. It’s pretty clear to me that he didn’t actually read the article which he commented on,
Step One … Read About Your Area of Interest
- 0.1 Step One … Read About Your Area of Interest
- 0.2 Moe’s Questions
- 0.3 Bzzzt. (Sound of Epic Fail buzzer)
- 0.4 Why Would She Return to the Philippines?
- 0.5 A Tourist Visa is a Tourist Visa
- 0.6 Going to the USA to Learn English?
- 0.7 It’s just not going to happen, guy.
- 0.8 Smartest Thing That’s Been Said
- 0.9 Here’s Where It All Falls Apart To Me
- 0.10 My Advice
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Almost all these questions raised, and others are answered there, so if you have similar concerns, why not “give it a read”, that is after all why I took the time to write it.
But hey, Reader “Moe” took the time to write, (thanks, Moe), so I’ll take the time to answer. (I’ll answer your questions also)
Here’s the words of “Moe”, broken up with my comments/answers:
I have a friend who wants to visit the USA on a tourist Visa.
She is only 20 years old (single/ not married).
Bzzzt. (Sound of Epic Fail buzzer)
Moe, this makes her a HUGE risk for disapproval of a tourist visa application.
In the view of the US Embassy Consular Officer who will make the decision on her visa application, what factors will s/he even consider for a moment before he stamps the application with a big, red, DISAPPROVED stamp.
Nearly half a million Filipinos are in the USA illegally now and every single one of them promised faithfully to return before they were originally issued their visa.
An attractive, young marriageable Filipina is going to find it very, very difficult to get on a plane and fly back to the Philippines when her time comes. We know what’s in her mind now, but after she’s in the USA for a while … and perhaps meets a young, eligible bachelor who has money to spend and wants to start a family and make this girl rich beyond anything she’s expereinced in her life so far?
Why Would She Return to the Philippines?
Especially when it sounds as if she has virtually no reason to return to the Philippines, and many reasons to stay, illegally in the USA counting you plus however many other relationships might be in the making.
Do you think for one minute you are the only US guy she knows? Please tell me you are more of a “man of the world” than that.
She wants to tour and sightsee in Washington D.C. She is a big fan of Obama.
Why on earth would her political preferences have anything to do with the visa process? Please don’t clutter my blog up with US political “clap trap”.
She wants to experience and view what life is like in the USA and she also wants to visit the national Aquarium in Maryland. She wants to take a lot of photos and post them on her blog. She has been thinking about writing a documentary and a book on the differences of life and people compared from the past and the present.
Hmm. Sounds interesting. What’;s her blog URL, I’d like to see what she’s writing so far and give her a “plug”.
She has also been thinking about attending college here in the United States, to further her education here so that she can learn to speak proper English around other English speakers who speak fluently.
A Tourist Visa is a Tourist Visa
Going to school in the USA is a worthy goal.
But if you bring this up in the discussion of a tourist visa you can add problems to an already difficult process.
She can’t legally attend school in the USA on a Tourist Visa. She would need an “F” visa (Student Visa) in order to do this.
If she’s serious about attending school in the USA this is probably a much more viable way of getting to the USA legally (although she would have to leave at the end of her college courses). Instead of “thinking about” attending school in the US, she needs to choose a school, apply, get accepted and the apply for a US Student Visa.
Going to the USA to Learn English?
To me, though, this makes no sense at all … there are plenty schools in the Philippines that teach courses in English, at 1/4 the cost.
Teaching English to Filipinos, though, strikes me as a non-starter of an idea. There are Filipinos who have no interest in English (and certainly won’t pay anything. The rest of the Philippines already knows English and you are not going to convince most of them to pay for additional courses. And as I just mentioned there are literally thousands of colleges and universities here in the Philippines who teach many different course involving English, journalism, creative writing, et al. Some of them are not half-bad, either
Heck, even in the USA there are thousands upon thousands lf Americans who “can’t speak “proper English”. (this includes a larger percentage of graduating high school students and college graduates, for that matter).
Can you imagine walking up to the average person in LA or DC or Kansas City or wherever and telling hem, “Hey, you don’t speak proper English pay me and I’ll teach you”.
She has saved her own money and works at a Casino in the Philippines. She plans on returning to the USA as she also wants to visit other countries such as Japan and Korea because she likes their music, language and culture. Do you think that she will have a hard time processing her tourist/ school visa? She is also thinking of teaching “PROPER ENGLISH” to students in the Philippines.
It’s just not going to happen, guy.
She doesn’t want to even waste her time if it really is that difficult just to learn and view about the differences in people’s lives.
Ultimately, if you think it is not possible, then she said she knows she has a better chance with visiting other countries for her blog.
Smartest Thing That’s Been Said
Absolutely the best plan. There are more than 100 countries a Filipino can visit without any visa, and most of them are much cheaper to visit/live than the USA as well.
Also, after following the visa approval/disapprovals of dozens of Filipinas over the years, a common thread with those who have been approved for a US visa is that they have a successful “track record” of visiting other countries and returning to the Philippines.
Going into the US visa interview with a passport showing travel to other and timely return to the Philippines tells the Consular Officer volumes more about this lady’s behavior and trustworthiness than a whole interview session of “blah, blah, blah” promises.
Her main goal is to return to the country side in Bislig Philippines to help her father with his farmland.
Please let me know what you think.
Here’s Where It All Falls Apart To Me
Now just to end the discussion here, let me ask you to think a little about everything you have just said.
You’ve given me all these reasons she wants to travel, get further education, experience other countries and such, but then you say here long-term goal is to work on the family farm?
Moe, she could go to the family farm today and work … and start a blog and earn as well … running a blog about the Philippines (or other online activities she could do from a farm) can make money too … I ought to know I’ve been doing it for going on 13 years now.
There’s no need to travel, pay a small fortune to get denied visas, etc. If her goal is to work on the farm, then she should do that.
Let me add there is NOTHING wrong with farming here in the Philippines. In fact it’s a very worthy goal toward helping the country… and done right, you can make good money in agriculture here as well.
My view, since you asked for it is, don’t get hung up waiting for things which can likely never happen.
Instead, get busy and learn and earn today …living in the Philippines and earning from the rest of the world.
And that’s about enough US Tourist Visa Advice — 2016 for today.