(Closed) Acquiring a US Tourist Visa

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would start thinking of a backup plan, as the drug charge can be grounds for rejection. There are some crimes which they will overlook (petty theft) but drug charges tend to be a pretty big black mark in the eyes of US Immigration. I’d recommend your friend go for her interview with bank records and employment records in hand, to show that she can support herself in the States without selling drugs (even if her arrest was just for possession), and that she has a job to go back to (meaning she won’t drop off the radar in the US and stay forever).  If you’ve already purchased plane tickets, a return itinerary would help demonstrate that she has solid plans to return home. 

Your backup plan would have to be either leaving her at home, or all traveling somewhere else; flying to Canada and attempting to drive to the US would probably be a bad idea, as there are passport checks at the border crossing, and if you’ve been denied a Visa, it’s pretty easy for the immigrations guys to spot that.

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