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thejoanarapadas 15th October 2011 07:21 PM

IS IT EASY TO GET US VISA in DUBAI?
 
Hi,

IS IT EASY TO GET US VISA in DUBAI?

fcjb1970 16th October 2011 04:42 AM

No.

The requirements to get a US visa is the same no matter where you are. If you are from the Philippines, or any Asian country getting a tourist visa to the US will be next to impossible. If you want to work there, going through an agency may be your best bet.

Tropicana 16th October 2011 05:01 AM

Getting a tourist visa to the US for Asians is definitely not next to impossible: I have one, and so does half my extended family.

You do need to show "ties to your place of residence" though; for people here that means a stable job that pays reasonably well.

pamela0810 16th October 2011 05:08 AM

Tropicana is correct. It is not next to impossible to get a US visa but your chances of getting one are extremely slim if you're a single girl in your twenties without a proper job in Dubai. They need to know that you have a reason to come back to Dubai. If there's a doubt, your visa application will be rejected.

ExPhat 16th October 2011 05:37 AM

I have a question. If I want to go to the US for an Interview (job interview for which I have been invited) and I am about to end my contract in Dubai and even my UAE visa will expire soon after which time I will have to return to my home country do you think i would get rejected? I do not intend to stay in the US for longer than the interview period (1 week) and I have no intention to settle in the US.

fcjb1970 16th October 2011 05:44 AM

I probably should have been more concise in my answer. If you cannot meet the qualifications to get a visa from your home country to the US, it is not going to get any easier if you are in Dubai. Thank you pamela for giving the answer that was more accurate to what I meant.

fcjb1970 16th October 2011 06:04 AM

@exphat..You can get a business visa for an interview, like one would get for a meeting or conference. To me, though, if a company is inviting you for an interview they should know how the process works and be helping you. Your residence visa and contract expiring seem to be pretty good reason to be going for an interview, I don't see why that would be looked at negatively

Tropicana 16th October 2011 06:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ExPhat (Post 628316)
I have a question. If I want to go to the US for an Interview (job interview for which I have been invited) and I am about to end my contract in Dubai and even my UAE visa will expire soon after which time I will have to return to my home country do you think i would get rejected?


The part in bold is crucial. You cannot be showing any intent to move to the US permanently. A job interview in most cases will count as intent to migrate, so chances of a visa being granted would be minimal

ccr 16th October 2011 06:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tropicana (Post 628331)
The part in bold is crucial. You cannot be showing any intent to move to the US permanently. A job interview in most cases will count as intent to migrate, so chances of a visa being granted would be minimal

May be. It could also mean that the interview process is in US, but the final job location could be outside the US.

(From the OP post, he mentioned that he didn't want to settle in US thus I was extrapolating that as the job could be outside US)

ExPhat 16th October 2011 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ccr (Post 628332)
May be. It could also mean that the interview process is in US, but the final job location could be outside the US.

(From the OP post, he mentioned that he didn't want to settle in US thus I was extrapolating that as the job could be outside US)

The job is in the US and they are processing the H1B Visa but they would like to interview me first in the US and hence they need me to visit their offices for a week.

It is a super specialty for which I am qualified by my experience.


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