Feb 8, 2010, 9:27 PM
Post #15 of 17
"Probably be better to apply for a Fiance Visa…"
sparks, getting a visitor's visa or a 10 year lazer visa is a snap (NOT) compared with getting a fiancée visa. Not only do you first have to pay to get permission from Homeland Security to even go to Ciudad Juárez (yep, that's the one and only place in México that issues them) for your interview (both my now wife and I were interviewed separately, she in English, which she does not speak, and I in Spanish which at that time I spoke poorly…even though we both requested that we be interviewed in our native languages), then after several months, during which we managed to get some ridiculous extra documentation for them, they notified my fiancée that she could come back up to Juárez and that neither I nor the children needed to come again, only she had to bring the children's passports. She flew up there, stood in line with all the others, went into the holding pens (2, just like cattle), after 6 hours went in for another "interview", pushed the passports through the security drawer (like a drive up bank) and the person looked at them, read her papers and denied the visa because she thought we were trying to commit "visa fraud".
My senator (who I know personally, even worked on his first campaign years ago) couldn't help at all! I had to wait several months for my lady to cool off, then we got married in Mazatlán, and since I had sufficient time in residence in México, I applied for Mexican citizenship and got it. If you think losing a deposit for the application for an ordinary visa is hard, this whole fiasco cost us thousands, non-refundable, naturally. How Mexican citizens are treated in the Ciudad Juárez Consulate is truly a crime against humanity. It's horrible AND humiliating.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Feb 8, 2010, 9:31 PM)