B-2 Visa Application Approved for Jamaican National who had Previously Been Denied a B-2 Visa

Our immigration lawyers helped prepare a B-2 visa application for a Jamaican national to be able to visit her sister in the United States.  The Jamaican national had previously been denied a B-2 visa, but our firm was able to help her obtain a B-2 visa by assisting in the drafting of an invitation letter from her sister, by advising her on documentation to provide to document ties to her home country as evidence she would return to her home country following her visit, and by preparing Form I-134 for her sister to show that her sister had sufficient funds to pay for her room, board and living expenses during her visit to the United States.

In order to qualify for a B-2 visa, an individual must meet three general requirements:

–          The individual is coming to the United States for a specific period of time

–          The individual will not be engaging in work and will engage solely in legitimate activities relating to pleasure

–          The individual will maintain a foreign residence that he or she has no intention of abandoning during the period of his or her stay in the US

The sister of the Jamaican national was unable to travel outside of the United States due to due diabetes and high blood pressure.  She also walks with a cane/crutches due to high sugar levels which almost paralyzed her. These combined health issues made it medically impossible for the sister to fly to Jamaica.  The sister provided the Embassy a letter from her doctor that she was unable to fly to Jamaica due to her medical condition.  Therefore, the only way for the sisters to see each other was for the Jamaican National to travel to the United States.

Our law firm put together a package for the Embassy that included copies of birth/citizenship/marriage certificates to establish the relationship,  pay stubs and copies of the 2013 Federal Tax Return and W-2 forms of the sister, and a letter from the employer of the Jamaican national indicating that she had a job to return to following her visit to the United States.  The B-2 visa was approved and the sisters who had not seen each other in more than a decade were reunited.

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