(Closed) I want family to fly in for my wedding.

posted 6 years ago in Latino
Post # 3
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1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t really think your officiant needs to be involved. To my understanding you don’t need to apply for a tourist visa, you just show up and are approved or denied, but maybe it’s different coming from different areas. If you don’t need to apply then just have them bring the invitation in case immigration has any questions, but it sort of doubt you’ll need even that unless they’re flagged in the immigration system already.

Regardless, check out visajourney.com. I used it when I was applying for my visa and it was immensely helpful. I hope your family makes it out!

Post # 5
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165 posts
Blushing bee

That’s a tricky issue. My daughter’s husband is from Colombia and we were dealing with the same problem. The first time his family went to apply for their visa (on the day they were told to come- 4 months before the wedding), there were too many people in line so everyone in back of the line was sent home. My son-in-law’s family included. They don’t have a lot of money and this trip involved an 8 hour bus ride to Bogota and a hotel stay. They turned around and went home.

The 2nd time they were told to come back (1 1/2 months before the wedding), they were all denied their visas. But, they still had to pay the money to apply. We were all so upset that this happened. My son-in-law hadn’t seen his family in almost 7 years.

I called our state senator’s office for advice- although at that late date nothing was going to change. He told me it is very difficult for people from other countries to get visas to come to the US. He said the US is afraid they will come and never go home. He told me that his family would have had a better shot in getting their visa if they said they wanted to go to Disney World. In other words, come for vacation, spend money and go home. If you tell them you have family in the US, most likely they will be denied.

Also, the best man and his parents applied for their visas at the same time. The parents were appproved. Their son was not approved. It makes absolutely no sense.

I am not telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. I am just telling you my experience in this and there really isn’t any way to predict what will happen.

I wish you the best of luck.

Post # 6
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5662 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

So you can’t just go on vacation to the us from south America without applying for a visa? I never knew that! Learn something new every day I guess! I hope they are able to make it!

Post # 7
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438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My moms family is from Peru and we are hoping several of them can come…

They all have to apply for a Visa in Lima and then my mom had to send a notarized letter to the Visa department stating that they were coming for a family wedding.

We just send the letters out and so far 2 out of the 8 have applied for Visas…we are still waiting to hear.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves

They all need to apply for a visa but is not just that. They need to prove they are in a stable enough financial situation, that they have either school or work that ties them to their country, they need to put on a good enough show to convince the officials they won’t stay in the US. The visas are about 250USD each and it can take over 2 months to get one. They need to have everything in order cause they make an investigation prior to the interview and it can be a bit complicated if they don’t live in a city with a US office (they’ll need to travel to one).

Over all you better stay out of it, sometimes officials knowing they have family in the US will make them think they have a reason to stay, Mrs. Poodle’s sister couldn’t attend her wedding for this same reason. They need to apply as regular tourist, maybe mention their interest in going to a family wedding but it might be negative for you to get involved :S

Post # 9
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530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves

@djoann958:  The son might not have had a “stable” job, they want you to have something to do back in your country, they contact your employer to make sure you’re not just quiting the next day to go live in the US. A lto of people get their visas before finishing college cause once you’re unemployed there’s no chance you’re getting a visa.

Post # 10
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165 posts
Blushing bee

@MissToadstool: that could be the case. I never thought of that.

 

My son-in-law’s mother was the only one applying for the Visa the 2nd time around since it was so close to the wedding date and the flights were getting more expensive. They couldn’t afford to have everyone go at those increased prices. His mom has 2 teenage daughters that were not making the trip. We assumed since she was leaving her daughters behind, she would have something to go back to. Apparently, that doesn’t matter. Parents leave their children behind more than I realized (according to the man I spoke to at our State Senator’s office).

It’s a crazy, messed up system.

Post # 11
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530 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves

@djoann958:  It is, they treat you like the enemy the entire time and they’re extremely disrespectful and rude.

Ohhh and you also need a permit to go into the US beyond dont-know-how-many miles so there’s another thing to do once you cross the border where they treat you even worse.

Post # 12
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5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@missdream:  my cousin’s are coming up from my wedding and they went thru a ridiculous process to get one.  they went to the embassy in buenos aires filled out all kinds of forms. they were then interviewed separately and together.  they took all of our contact info. Our addresses, names, phone numbers, address for the venue.  they were overprepared.  They were actually approved fairly quickly since they were so prepared.  they did all this stuff early aug, it took about 3 weeks and they are coming early dec.

your family should see if you need to send or give them any info.  not much can be done from the states.  good luck

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