Live Video on Visa Inquiries 2018

SUN LEE: Hi everyone My name is Sun I’m one of the two vice consuls here at the U.S. Consulate in Erbil We’re starting over after technical difficulty. [LAUGHING] So I’m here to connect with all of you on Facebook about the visa process, how to apply I know you guys have many questions, and I’ve met many of you in person at the Consulate, but at the window it’s kind of hard to answer all your questions So I’m here now, ready to take your questions Last night, I was looking through the questions that you asked when we first posted and announced that we were going to do this And so I’ll start by answering some of the basic questions that I saw and many people asked so that I can cover ground on a lot of topics, and then once we kind of get into that, then I’ll respond directly to all the comments you’re posting there So, one of the comments, or questions I got frequently was: What kind of visas do we process here in Erbil? And we do all types of visas, except for immigrant visas So if you’re looking to live in America permanently, this is not the right place You have to go to the Embassy in Baghdad But we do all other types of visas, including tourist visas – B-1, B-2’s – student visas, including J’s and F’s We also do – very infrequently – but we also do work visas, such as H-1B’s, investor visas like L’s You can look up the visa categories online But mainly we do – the bulk of the applications we get are tourist visas and student visas And how do you apply? So, it’s very easy You go online You pick a slot that you want to take, a day and a time, and then you pay the $160 fee This is a nonrefundable fee So even if you’re refused, you don’t get a refund If you are refused and you want to apply again, you need to pay the fee again This is the fee that requires me to be here and to interview everyone It’s required for all the processing we do with your application in DC So, yeah, that’s why it costs $160 We get many questions about the price, but that’s what it is Another question that I got often was about admin processing – administrative processing So, sometimes I’ll interview you and then I’ll tell you your case is going to take some more time Provide us with some more information and then we will continue processing your case So, the timeline for admin processing can vary widely It usually takes about three months, but depending on the situation, sometimes we can expedite Sometimes we can’t expedite Sometimes it can take years unfortunately because it’s not a process we do here We send that information to another office and then we keep processing your case depending on the response we get So many people will inquire every week, every month, “Oh, what’s going on with my case?” But the reply we give you is all we know We still haven’t received a response So, for admin processing cases, you just have to be patient with us Let’s see. Who can apply for visas? Basically, anyone can apply for visas I also got a lot of questions on when I can apply again So, “I was refused and now I want to go for the same purpose or different purpose When can I apply again?” And basically, you can apply whenever you would like What we try to do here is that if I work – if I interviewed you and you apply again, I’m going to try not to interview you I’m going to give your case to another officer so that you can have a fair chance at a visa If you come back for the third time, because we only have two officers, I’ll probably interview you again, or we can encourage you to apply in Baghdad or somewhere else, because – so what happens when you’re refused, all the case notes are seen by the following interviewing officers So if you have multiple refusals, honestly, it’s not very good – it doesn’t reflect so positively on your case, unless something drastic happened in your circumstances or you have a different travel reason So, yeah, that’s the case with prior refusals So, another question is: If you didn’t travel on your visa, how does that change your circumstances or your chances of getting another visa? We look at cases individually on a case-by-case basis So maybe you have a good reason for why you couldn’t travel Personally, that’s not going to reflect

negatively on the second time you apply again But, you know, it could depend Maybe you had a reason why you couldn’t travel and it doesn’t make sense to me; then that could be a negative factor So it’s hard to say, but we don’t just look at one thing when we interview an applicant Multiple things go into deciding whether one should or should not get a visa, and it’s true that the process is very subjective It really depends on the individual interviewing officer to decide one way or the other And that’s why we have multiple officers here, and that’s why if you apply here and don’t get in, you apply somewhere else, you might get it So, there’s a little bit of subjectivity and luck involved as well But in general, what we consider when we interview – the most important thing we consider when you apply for a tourist or a student visa is whether we think that you’re going to abide by the terms of the visa, whether we think that you are going to use the visa properly By that, I mean, you’re going to go to the States for 10 days as you said you were going to and then return to your home country In recent days – in recent years, we’ve seen a lot of people abuse the terms of their visa They go on a student visa, never come back, or they go on a tourist visa, start working, and never come back And so the bar for overcoming the law for getting a visa has become a little bit harder to be honest because there have been people misusing their visas So I get a lot of angry comments We’re here and we never issue anyone visas We do the best we can, but we are here to perform our specific function is to determine whether someone should be eligible or should not be eligible for a visa So you have to be patient and understanding with us on that point Another common question that I get is whether we process SIV’s here Those are special immigrant visas that we give to people who have worked with us for a very long time Those are considered immigrant visas, so we don’t do them here Only Baghdad does them Okay, so we get a lot of questions on documents: “I brought all these documents, my rental agreements, my transcripts, my” – I don’t know, just you name it We get lots of documents “I have a document from my employer,” for example And sometimes I’m going to ask for documents, but a lot of times we don’t look at documents I mean, this is not like 100%, so feel free to bring the documents if you have them at home, but know that we’re not always going to want to look at the documents because we’ve seen a lot of document fraud, so documents acquired fraudulently or say it’s from a certain employer but it’s not really from that employer And we’ve gotten quite good at distinguishing the bad from the good documents And it also takes up more time looking at the documents So, sometimes I’ll ask for a document, but sometimes even if you brought the document, I’m not going to look through the whole folder that you brought me So that’s the thing with documents It’s always good to have them in case I want to see them, but what can also happen is if you came with certain documents and I thought that you should have a different document, I can always temporarily put your case on hold and ask you to send me your document via email And then right when you send it to me, I can look at it and then make my decision So it’s not life or death if you don’t bring something, and I don’t automatically refuse an applicant just because they didn’t have all the things they should have had Some things are required, like for certain visas, there are certain documents that you should know to bring It’s on our website But other documents, like marriage certificates, birth certificates, stuff like that that are not required, you’re welcome to bring, but don’t be mad if I don’t ask for it Certain documents that you do need – so for J visas, we need the DS-2019 document And for F’s, we need your I-20 Those are documents that your school will send to DHS DHS will do some processing and then send back to the school, which the school will send you So those documents we really need For student visas, we also need you to pay the SEVIS fee, $200 SEVIS fee, before coming in for an interview If you come without it, we will send you back to pay it and have a receipt before we can start the interview What other questions? Okay We got some questions – Iranian applicants – we do see some, not too many

But they can also apply in Dubai and Turkey And – okay, “How long does it take to process the visa?” Okay. So we normally tell people that they can pick it up from DHL in about one week But it can be processed – the fastest we’ve ever done it is probably two days or so There’s some additional checks that need to happen before we can issue the visas It’s not like, you know, I interview you, turn around, stamp the visa, and I have it right there That’s why we can’t do same-day processing So that’s normally how long it takes, about one week But if it goes under admin processing, like I explained, it can take weeks, months, and sometimes years Medical visa – people going to get treatment in the United States That’s a valid reason to go on a tourist visa That’s actually a tourist/medical visa, so if you’re going for medical tourism, that’s the same thing So you – basically we interview you like I would interview people going for tourism or going to visit somebody But for medical cases, I would expect you to have some documents relating to your condition or relating to whoever you are escorting to see whether you – I mean, the kind of things I would look at is whether you tried to get treatment here, why the treatment is only available in America Why do you want to go to America? Can you pay for this? Those are all different things we look at When we interview someone, it’s kind of a decision based on multiple factors, and not just one thing A lot of people say, “Well, you never approve Arabs You never approve Kurds.” No, we do not take those kinds of ethnicity or nationality into consideration when doing a visa All I really care about is whether you’re going to abide by the terms of the visa Whether you come from – I don’t know, Ethiopia or the UK – the same standards apply all across the world when it comes to tourist visa or nonimmigrant visa processing Let’s see You want to – for people that want to apply for refugee status with IOM or the UN and immigrate to America, we don’t do that here That’s – you go through IOM, and any immigrant visa processing we don’t do here So, yeah, you’ll see on our website There’s no option to apply for refugee or immigrant status here Okay So, another thing that I want to advise you is not to use travel agencies We have a lot of people that use travel agencies to fill out their application, which is understandable, if your English is not good, for example But a lot of tourist agencies here take your money and don’t do justice to your application We have a lot of kind of copycat applications where I see the same hotel, same city, and I know you’re not really going to the city So, someone will list, say, “I’m going to New York I’m staying at W Hotel.” And then during the interviews, they’ll say they’re going to a different state And I’m saying – maybe you told your travel agent something else, but they didn’t do justice to really filling out the application completely and accurately, which makes it very hard for us to kind of see whether you’re a credible applicant And that’s something we look at very closely, whether you’re being truthful in what you say you’re going to do But if your application says one thing and then in your interview you say another thing, that’s a bad sign for us So please try not to use travel agencies And also know that you never have to pay anyone to get a visa A lot of people think that if they go through a broker or something, it increases their chances of getting a visa But no, don’t waste your money Just pay the $160 and come straight to us Okay So – yeah, on that topic, we don’t have any formal relationships or contracts with any tourist agency So if someone says we have like a direct line of communication to us, don’t believe them, because we don’t We don’t like seeing travel agencies on our applications, period Okay, I get a lot of questions also on business visas, people who want to go for workshops, who want to meet with their contacts, who want to visit – they work for an American company here and they want to visit headquarters, for example, which are all very, very valid reasons for travel, and we welcome them But for – the kind of things I look at when I

get a businessman or businesswoman going for these meetings is, you know, how long you’ve been with the company here I try to verify whether you actually are employed with that company and whether you’ve had a relationship with the company you’re visiting, whether this meeting will further your business contract Sometimes – like I need to have a reason that makes sense to me for why you want to go And a lot of times, they’re very valid reasons, but we’ve had even businesspeople, very accomplished people, never come back, so the bar is higher for people to go to the States unfortunately But business visa applications we see all the time and are very valid reasons for travel Okay So, okay I’ll answer some questions on revocations and cancellations So, some people get an email or call from us saying, “Your visa is revoked, your visa is cancelled.” What does that mean? So, revocation is when your visa is cancelled, and there is a negative implication to it, saying, “We don’t want you to have another visa.” Cancellation is kind of the same thing, but it’s kind of a no-fault So if you had your visa cancelled and you reapply, you could have a good chance, maybe even the same chance you had before, of acquiring a visa But once you had your visa revoked, I would say it’s pretty hard to get another visa I mean, you could always apply, but there are negative implications that come with a revoked visa So when do we revoke visas? So sometimes after you travel to the United States, if you try to do something illegal while you’re in the States, then different authorities – law enforcement agencies, immigration agencies – they will contact us and say, “This person that you issued in Erbil,” for example, “tried to enter into Canada and claim asylum, so we revoked their visas.” And so then we get that email from them, and then we contact you and say your visa has been revoked Cancellation is a little bit different, but sometimes we cancel your visas – not for the same reasons, but say you’ve done something in the States that catches some agency’s radar, but it’s not so negative that we’re not going to revoke it, but we’re going to cancel it Then we’ll do the same thing We’ll offer you the courtesy of telling you that your visa has been cancelled Your visa can also be cancelled by us Like if you or someone – say three of you traveled together and you were going to go to New York for vacation or something and then one of your members that you’re traveling with ends up, like we get some kind of information that is derogatory information on one of the people – say they’ve done something wrong, committed a crime in the United States or something like that – then because you’re associated with those other people, then we’re going to do our diligence and cancel the other people’s visas, so that you’re not traveling again or you need to come back before you can get another visa or something like that Okay Yeah, so, invitation letters – we get a lot of people bringing invitation letters from just their friends or family, saying, “Oh, my uncle wanted to come for his wedding and I want to go visit him,” or from different companies that want to see you So – and I get a lot of questions on whether they’re helpful So, invitation letters from family members are generally not helpful, to be honest, because I generally believe you if you say your uncle or aunt or sister or brother really want to see you and you’re going to visit them I believe that you’re going to visit them, so I don’t need an invitation letter saying, you know, even if they’re American citizens or LPRs, I don’t need anything from them really But if you say you’re going because Google has invited you to a conference, then I’m going to want to see a letter from Google And a genuine letter from Google. [LAUGHING] What else? Okay So, the chances of getting a visa, whether you apply alone or apply with the family: This is also – it depends It’s on a case-by-case basis, but generally if you – just think in your mind, if you were an

officer, what would you be looking at if someone is applying for a visa and as an officer you’re supposed to be looking at whether the applicant is going to abide by the terms of the temporary tourist visa So if you tell me you just sold all your stuff and you’re going with your seven family members to America for vacation, it might be less believable that you’re going temporarily That’s why a lot of families tend not to get visas because they – first of all it’s very expensive to go as an entire family, especially a big family And for people to want to return to Iraq, they have to have some ties remaining to Iraq, right? So, I’m going to want to, you know, know whether you still have a house here, you still have a job here, you still have some family members remaining that you’ll want to come see Just the different ties – we assess how strong the ties you have are to your home country So if you’re just traveling by yourself and you’re leaving your wife and kids and your house and your job and car and everything else, then I might believe you more if you say you’re going for a temporary trip But if I see or in our interview I feel like you’re cutting all ties to Iraq and you’re taking all your family members and all your money and everything, then it might be harder for me to believe that you’re going on a temporary trip and that you might, you know, say you’re going for tourism and then that you wouldn’t come back Let’s see. Okay So, okay A lot of people also ask how long visas are valid for So, visas are valid for one year generally, and the reason for that is based on reciprocity So every country has an agreement with another country of how they are going to come up with visa regulations and rules For Iraq, the rules between Iraq and the United States is one year So when I came here to work, I also got a one-year visa I have to renew if I want to stay So that’s the agreement we established So there’s no way I can issue you a 10-year visa So if you have a different passport, for example, of course you can get longer or shorter It really depends on your nationality And so, when we issue visas, tourist visas, they’re generally for one year But how long you can actually stay in the States depends on what the Customs and Border Control officers decide at the port of entry So that’s at an airport So you go to an airport, you go through Customs, and the officer can give you one year, but the officer can’t – because that’s the maximum, right? But they can also give you six months They can also give you seven days They can also tell you you can’t enter That’s not up to us Here, we assess whether you’re eligible to travel, but it’s not up to us to determine how long you can stay Let’s see. Transit visas Okay, transit visas, a lot of flight attendants and flight crew, they qualify for C/D visas We don’t see them very much, but the process for applying for them are the same You apply for it online You come in for an interview We just apply a different set of laws to different types of applications Okay, so let’s go back to student visas really quick So, for F visas, I-20s: So, you have been accepted to a school or English program and you come in and you’re excited to go and you come in for a visa interview and you’re refused and, you know, all your dreams of studying in the U.S just go up in flames Yeah, that can happen Just because you’re accepted to the school doesn’t mean that you will be able to study there You have to get a visa And we – it is my job to assess whether we think that you will abide by the terms of the visa and come back after you’ve finished your studies I can also look at whether I think you’ll be a good student, that you will actually finish your program and whether you’ll be able to pay for the program In terms of payment, I’m only supposed to judge whether you’ll be able to finance the first year of studies So I don’t expect you to bring me bank statements showing how you will pay for all four years But just on a surface level, I’m supposed to be able to assess whether you are a credible student,

that you intend to study in America And so, that’s where a lot of people fail The kind of things that I like to look at when doing student visas is kind of like your history So if you’re going for a PhD, I want to see your grades from your master’s program, your college degree, even maybe your high school, like how well you did, how serious of a student are you What kind of other things have you done on your own? What kind of job you have now? What are your plans for after you finish studying? And stuff like that – whether you tried to learn English on your own, if you are going on an English program I generally feel like if you’ve never tried to learn English locally and you want to spend tons of money to learn English in America, I don’t find that very credible At least if you’ve tried – there’s tons of different, very good English programs here that you can do for much cheaper, and I would want to see that you’ve at least tried to learn English here before embarking on a very expensive and time-consuming process Okay. Alright So, people have also asked whether the chances of getting a visa are better in Erbil or Baghdad Honestly, I’m not sure I know my colleagues in Baghdad, they’re all great people, but – [LAUGHING] – it’s case-by-case, and the kinds of cases we see here are a little bit different from the cases we see there So, kind of the expertise we all have in certain areas might be a little different But in general, within Iraq, I would say the refusal and acceptance rates are about the same And we do our very best to keep it on the same level so people aren’t visa shopping within Iraq It shouldn’t be different, whether you go to Baghdad or Erbil, although individually officers have different inclinations, or the officers’ subjectivity will definitely be reflected in the interview and the adjudication process, although we do our best to apply the law in a neutral way But it would probably be different if you were applying in Turkey or in Iran – no, not in Iran, but, say, I don’t know, Dubai Because they don’t see Iraqi applicants on a regular basis, it might be a little harder for them to adjudicate So, yeah, on a country-by-country basis, it might be a little different But in Iraq, it should be the same Baghdad has a little bit longer wait time right now, but that can also change and fluctuate, depending on officer availability on our calendars here Alright, this is – okay [LAUGHING] I’ve kind of answered this, but Kurds and Arabs, yes, same procedure We don’t distinguish You know, an Iraqi passport is an Iraqi passport I don’t care about religion I don’t care where you’re from I don’t – those kinds of things, there’s a nondiscrimination kind of thing we’ve established I don’t even honestly know I don’t speak Kurdish I don’t speak Arabic So there’s no discrimination in terms of where you’re from or your background Okay. Bank statement – alright So, some people bring bank statements Some people don’t And sometimes I ask for it and sometimes I don’t And it’s just on a case-by-case basis I know a lot of you here in Iraq, you don’t use banks You don’t trust banks And I get that But if you are a big business, for example, doing business with another big business abroad, it would be hard for me to believe that you do all your transactions through cash So then I’m going to want to see some kind of transaction that you’ve had with your supplier or whoever But in terms of how much money you have in your possession, I understand that you keep money at home in cash, or gold or whatever it is, instead of putting it in the bank So, sometimes I’ll ask for a bank statement Whether you have it or not, it’s not really going to change how I see your case And sometimes if I really want it, I can always ask you to email it to me So that’s that Okay, so whether being married or single – what? [LAUGHING] Oh, okay So, can you marry an AmCit and immigrate to America? Okay. [LAUGHING] So, for – if you marry an American

citizen and want to immigrate to the United States, you would do your interview in Baghdad That’s an immigrant visa K visas, fiancé visas, those are also immigrant visas So, we don’t do them here Whether being married or single has a difference on your application, we get that a lot That’s also on a case-by-case basis Generally if you’re single and you don’t have children, you might not have a big family and you’re not obligated to be like, for example, the breadwinner of a family, and you’re more mobile and ready to travel Maybe you’d have to establish some other ties to your home country, right? So if you’re married, you have five kids, and you’re going on a vacation, I could probably assume that you’re going to come back because you don’t want to leave your wife and five kids or husband and five kids behind, right? But if you’re single, don’t have any familial relationships that obligate you to return to Iraq, I’m going to ask some questions to see what other ties you have to Iraq – maybe job, maybe property, all those other types of things Okay So, I mentioned appointments a little earlier, but we’ve been diligent in scheduling up to the max that we can possibly handle in a day So right now, there’s not much wait time So, people that live up here, okay, one-day, two-day wait time So, you don’t need to travel all the way to Baghdad if you live in the area Previously we’ve had longer wait times, but right now it’s looking pretty good Yeah. So, how to contact us The best way to contact us is through the Erbil NIV website or email address We check it every day and we respond to you within 24 hours And we don’t have a phone, so don’t try to call us Okay. Okay Oh, we got more questions on not checking documents? As I said, we don’t always check documents, and while it’s good to bring as many documents as you think would be good for the interview, it’s really on a case-by-case basis, so I would say if there’s some documents that are hard to get, don’t run around everywhere trying to get them The reason we don’t look at documents very carefully is because a lot of documents we have seen in the past have not been genuine They’ve been forged documents or fraudulent documents So we tend not to rely so heavily on documents anymore Even bank statements have been fake Marriage certificates have been fake So that’s why we don’t look at them So don’t be upset at us for not looking at documents if you took a long time to prepare them If I really want to see a document and it’s crucial to your case, then I’ll put your case on hold and then I’ll ask you to email it to us The exception to the document requirement is for student visas So, for J’s, again, you’re going to need your DS-2019 For F’s, you’re going to need your I-20 Okay. I answered this one. [LAUGHING] People have not been tuning in since the beginning Yeah, so when can you reapply once you’ve been refused? I would not say you should reapply unless you have a drastic change in your circumstances because you will likely be rejected again, and multiple refusals will not look good on your application So when we open your application, we can see how many times you’ve been refused and where So if I see a whole list, even before starting to look into your case, I’m not going to start with a good impression of you as an applicant But, if you have a legitimate reason for applying again, that’s a different story So, when you apply again, what happens is, if I interview you, I will ask my colleague to interview you, just so you have a fair chance with a new officer, because if you applied last month and were rejected and you get the same adjudicator, you probably will be rejected again, unless something has changed Okay. A question about diversity visas This is also an immigrant visa So when you’re thing about visas, just think: Do I want to go on a temporary visit and come back or do I want to go and live in America permanently? If you want to go live in America permanently,

you’re going to want to apply for an immigrant visa, which you have to do through a petition You cannot just say, “I want to live in America and apply for an immigrant visa.” You need someone to petition on your behalf So you will know if you’re applying for an immigrant visa So, immigrant visas or diversity visas, those are based on a lottery system we have Those are all processed in Baghdad, along with SIV’s, special immigrant visas Okay, so when you send us an email, we’ll reply to you right away with an auto-reply, saying that we’ll respond to your individual email at a later time But we encourage you to read all the information in the auto-reply very carefully because 90% of your questions can be answered in the auto-reply email Please, read our website and read our email We take a lot of time to update that information and there are only a handful of us working in the office, so bear with us Okay, yeah Can Syrians apply here? Yes. Anyone can apply here And, okay Okay, a question on ESTA So there are citizens of certain countries who used to be eligible for a visa waiver program But if they have traveled to certain countries like Syria, North Korea – what else is there? Iran, Iraq – they have to come in for an interview Don’t ask me why This is what the government tells us we need to do You need to come in for an interview So, people who have a passport from Germany who would have qualified for a waiver program in the past, Germany, the UK, Australia, Canada – there’s so many countries that used to be able to travel to the U.S without an interview but now they need to come in for an interview So, yeah It’ll be quick and easy, but you still have to come in and see a consular officer Okay “Is there an appeal process for visa adjudications?” So I know that certain missions do that You can appeal the decision that a consular officer has made But for visas to the U.S., there is no appeal process You basically have to pay again, apply again, interview with the same officer, different officer, different post, wherever But you can’t appeal the decision Actually this is something that the government has given to consular officers when we are commissioned to go and do our jobs is that no one can appeal our decisions, not even our bosses, not even the ambassador, not even the higher ups in Washington, DC So that’s why we make it easy for you to apply again to have another chance, but no one can change the decision I make Okay, green card Okay, so green card processing or if you had a green card, you were a legal permanent resident in America in the past, but you are out of the country and you lost your status, you have lost your card or whatever it is In order to regain your green card, you have to interview – you have to basically ask to be readmitted to the States and then do the processing again We don’t do that here because, again, that’s an immigrant function Your green card is a legal immigrant status in America Here, basically, just think to yourself, just – you know, easy way to think about it is everything temporary, we do here, but if you want to stay in America on a more permanent basis, you do that in Baghdad Baghdad also does tourist visas, but they deal with all immigrant visas over there Okay. Visa – why we have to apply again? Oh, okay So, you have a visa but you want to renew your visa Do you have to come in again? Yes, you have to come in again because we have to take your fingerprints and we have to issue another visa It’s tricky because here visas expire after one year A lot of countries you have a longer validity So, we understand the hassle, but that’s the way it goes What does it mean? Okay Okay, so a lot of you – so what happens in an interview, at the interview, I’ll either give you a pink paper that says you are

refused under, you know 214(b) of the U.S immigration law And some of you asked what does this mean, and I basically tell you that you don’t overcome 214(b) of the U.S immigration law, okay? What does 214(b) actually say? 214(b) says that I can issue a visa to anyone who I believe will – does not have immigrant intent in America What does that mean? So, that means that when I interview you, if I think that you’re going to go to the United States on a temporary basis and not live there permanently, if I think that you’re going to abide by the terms of the visa and stay there temporarily for whatever you said you were going to do and return to Iraq, then I can issue the visa The law actually tells me I can’t issue the visa if I think that you are an intending immigrant, that you intend to live there or never come back to Iraq So that’s why we tell you under the law you have been refused or accepted It’s actually pretty simple There’s a lot of – you’re right – subjectivity and different factors that I look at when I make that decision, but the law is actually quite simple: Are you an intending immigrant or not? We actually get some questions about drop boxes We don’t have any drop boxes Some people who come and they haven’t paid their DHL fee, we’ll tell them to go pay the fee and then you can sometimes drop stuff out at the CAC with the guards, but we don’t have a formal drop box Okay So those of you who have an ongoing immigrant case, who are interviewing with IOM to get refugee status or – I know immigrant visa cases take a long time, so if you’re in the process of getting an immigrant visa, can you still apply for a tourist visa? Because I know sometimes it can take years and years So, I’ll just go back to the fundamental thing that I look at when I adjudicate these cases is whether this person intends to come back after a temporary visit in America If you have an immigrant visa going on, it’ll be a little harder to prove that you don’t intend to live in America because you already – through the immigrant visa process, you’re already telling us that you have an intent to live in America permanently But I understand if you are – you’ve been waiting five years for an immigrant visa and you want to go temporarily because your, say, grandpa is really ill You just need to visit him really quick, but you’re willing to come back and wait for the processing of your immigrant visa, that may make sense to me But if I feel like you can’t wait for the immigrant visa process to formally and legally immigrate to America and you just want to go now with all your belongings and you’ve sold everything, then you don’t overcome 214(b) of the U.S. immigration law, as I explained, and then you’ll be denied a visa But it’s not 100% one way or the other Okay? Okay, guys So that was a really robust set of questions you offered Thanks for all your feedback I’ll be going home and reading all the other questions you had Maybe we’ll do one of these again But thanks for tuning in See you later. Bye