Bogdan was denied again for a visa today. The interviewing officer doubts he will return to Romania after we visit America. We will try again next week, so Lord willing we will be able to fly together in March. Regardless, I’ll be in America in March.

Here is an interesting and brief article I found about why there are so many problems with getting a visa.

Criteria based on which the U.S. Consulate analyzes the visa criteria

U.S. Embassy Consul General, James Gray, interview for Radio Romania Actualitati

Media outlet: Radio Romania Actualitati
Program: Radiojurnalul de seara
Author: Victor Gheorghe
Date: November 19, 2009

A trip to the United States without a visa remains a dream for Romanians. As the years go by, hopes diminish, because more and more applications are rejected. In fiscal year 2009, the refusal rate was over 26%, an increase of 1.3% compared to the preceding year. Since this indicator is the biggest obstacle in the way of Romania joining the Visa Waiver Program, Victor Gheorghe asked the U.S. Embassy Consul General, James Gray, what criteria the U.S. Consulate takes into consideration when analyzing visa requests.

James Gray: The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act states that every applicant for a non-immigrant visitor visa shall be presumed to be an intending immigrant to the United States.  In order to overcome this presumption and qualify for a temporary visa to the United States, applicants must demonstrate significant social, familial, economic and other ties to their home country that will compel them to leave the United States at the end of a short visit.  Consular Officers, worldwide, apply this law to each application being adjudicated.

Reporter: What are the reasons that the refusal rate is so high?

James Gray: It is important to note that approximately 75% of all Romanians who apply for a visitor’s visa to the United States are issued a visa.  That said, the primary reason for the current refusal rate is the inability of some applicants to overcome the legal presumption of an intent to immigrate.  The current economic downturn in Romania, as elsewhere in the world, has also had a negative impact on the ability of applicants to qualify for visas.

Reporter: As to the economic criterion, is there a minimum amount of money that an applicant must have in order to receive a visa?

James Gray: There is no minimum amount of money. Each and every application is analyzed in itself.

Reporter: What are the criteria that a country has to fulfill in order to have its citizens travel to U.S. without visas?

James Gray: The standard requirements to join the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) include a nonimmigrant visa refusal rate below three percent, offering reciprocal visa-free travel for U.S. citizens for business or tourist visits of up to 90 days, issuing International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) compliant e-passports; sharing lost and stolen passport information with the United States through INTERPOL or other means; security-related data sharing with the United States; and cooperation on repatriation matters.  These requirements include conclusion of various international agreements and/or arrangements.

One Response

  1. oh no! i JUST now read your email after i already wrote you saying i was awaiting your “good news”.
    you are so well informed. we shall continue to pray
    for a better outcome in the near future!!!!!!
    we love you!

    janet and denis

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