Why Can’t My Filipina Wife Get a Tourist Visa To The USA?
(Updated 4 September 2019)
Updated and corrected to bring it up to date
This question comes up frequently. Often there is a lot of anger attached as a US citizen husband finds out that his lawfully married foreigner spouse can’t get a US B2 Visitor (Tourist) Visa, despite having all paperwork and immigration status documents in order.
The Anger Is Fully Justified, In My View
But it doesn’t matter if you are angry, or even if I am angry in support of your position.
In many cases. the Tourist visa just ain’t going to happen. Why?
The US Visa System Just Doesn’t “Fit” the Way Most Expat Families Live
And it’s not likely to change any time soon.
Everything about the US Immigration system is geared to handle two things:
1. Tourists (Temporary Visitors) Who Have No Attachment To The USA
2. Spouses Of US Citizens Who Want To Come To the USA to Establish Legal Residence (Get a Green Card)
There’s Little Room in the Mind f the State Department For Any Other Category