Category Archives: 214(b)

New Department of State Rules Channel Trump: The 90 Day Rule and Hire American

US embassies and consulates abroad adjudicate more than 13 million visa applications a year, so when changes are made to the rules governing visa decisionmaking, the potential impact can be enormous. That is the case with two recent changes in … Continue reading

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Myth #1: A 214(b) Denial is Only for a Lack of “Ties”

I am often contacted by those refused visas under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and asked: “How can this be? I have great ties to my country. Married, kids, a good job.  How can they say I … Continue reading

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How Does the Department of State Count Visa Denials? Or “When is a Visa Refusal Not a Refusal?”

In our previous blog, we highlighted the worldwide B visa refusal rates.  But those DOS published rates do not convey the entire picture. As any politician knows, when making any tally, the actual number is not important, but how one … Continue reading

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Visa Trends – Higher Refusal Rates in 2015

The Department of State recently published its 2015 refusal statistics for B visas.  Several countries exceed the 60% mark: Syria, Gambia, Federated States of Micronesia, Mauritania, Liberia, Laos, Haiti, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Cuba, and Afghanistan.  Among the most populous countries, … Continue reading

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Visa Competence, Consultations, and Consequences

The story was not unusual.  Ekaterina arrived in the US on a B-1 visa. She became acquainted with an incompetent lawyer, one who did not charge for an initial consultation.  The lawyer, more interested in making a sale because he … Continue reading

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Summer Work and Travel Program Scandal at Embassy in Moscow – Memo of White & Associates to Office of Inspector General

Attached are our memorandum and exhibits addressed to the Office of Inspector General at the Department of State regarding the Summer Work and Travel Program scandal at the US Embassy in Moscow:  Memo - swtletter0001; Exhibits - swtexhibits0001

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Summer Work and Travel Scandal at US Embassy in Moscow

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/us-embassy-slams-door-on-student-workers/478125.html  

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7 Interviews = 1 Visa. How the US Embassy in Moscow Torments Russian Visa Applicants

We recently published this article on Immigration Lawyers Weekly – ilw.com - http://discuss.ilw.com/content.php?1215-Article-7-Interviews-1-Visa-by-Kenneth-White   The recent headline in one of Russia’s leading daily newspapers sounded so welcoming: “America Invites You to Visit.” In the extensive accompanying article and interview, the Chief … Continue reading

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A Tale of 3 Consular Posts – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Tashkent, Moscow, and Jakarta

Rarely have I had the opportunity to see three consular posts so clearly juxtaposed as I have over the past two weeks in dealing with Tashkent, Moscow, and Jakarta.  The experience only reinforces the notion that it is the decisionmakers … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow “Resets” Visa Policy to 1990s

“Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…”  The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” We have dedicated the last six blog entries to the worsening visa policy of the United States Embassy in Moscow towards Russians.  This policy has … Continue reading

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