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    Hello Immigration Buddies!

    The wife, who has a US green card, wants her Russian mom to visit the US. A quick scan of the website of the US embassy in Moscow shows that mom has to fill out a form DS-160. Seems pretty straight forward. but, my wife tells me that we need to send her an invitation. Can someone give me the 30,000 foot view of the process to get my wife's Russian mother to the US for a visit?

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    Hello Immigration Buddies!

    The wife, who has a US green card, wants her Russian mom to visit the US. A quick scan of the website of the US embassy in Moscow shows that mom has to fill out a form DS-160. Seems pretty straight forward. but, my wife tells me that we need to send her an invitation. Can someone give me the 30,000 foot view of the process to get my wife's Russian mother to the US for a visit?

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    • #3
      Negative. You in-law just needs to explain on the application that she is visiting relatives and you will support her while you are here.

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      • #4
        In most cases, it's not necessary, David. It really only helps if they're unable to get a visa on their own merits. For a simple tourist visa, your mother-in-law should be fine without it.

        Invitation letters are apparently common for visitors to Russia, so this could be causing confusion for your wife.
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        • #5
          your mother in law will have to convince the consular officials that she intends to return to beautiful downtown Russia instead of remaining in the US, living with her daughter (who probably went to the US on a tourist visa and 'forgot' to return, as promised) and NOT engage in ANY employment, including babysitting....period.

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          • #6
            <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Someone12:
            who probably went to the US on a tourist visa and 'forgot' to return, as promised </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

            You know me so much better than I know you :-)

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            • #7
              OK, if we can just manage to put aside the personal attacks for a minute , My Russian mother-in-law (MIL) plans to retain the services of someone who will help her complete the visa application. Can someone tell me what happens after a visa application is submitted? I believe this application will be submitted via internet. What I'm thinking is that the person who helps prepare the visa application is going to drop out of the picture once he or she gets her money, and I will want to be able to have some way to track the progress of the visa application. Anyone know how this is done, and what info I need to make sure my Russian MIL gets from the person who prepares the application, to make sure I can track it?

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              • #8
                Hi David,

                May I ask what credentials the person has who is helping your MIL with her visa application? You need to be careful as there are lots of scams out there. Can't she just apply for a visitor visa? Does she have enough ties back to her homeland that wouldn't make USCIS suspicious that she would try to remain permanently in the US? That's the red flag they will be looking for (not having sufficient ties) to deny her application.

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                • #9
                  I have no idea about the person who is preparing the application. But supposedly, this person does this sort of thing for a living. However, I do suspect the worst, which is why I asked for someone who is familiar with the process to tell me what I need to get, so I can track the progress of the application. I honestly don't care if the application is approved or denied. I just want to know that the application was submitted.

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                  • #10
                    Take a look at this site.

                    http://travel.state.gov/visa/t...es/types_1262.html#3

                    It would seem you could contact the consulate where the visa application was supposedly submitted to obtain updates (or to verify that it was actually submitted).

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                    • #11
                      You should be cautious about somebody taking money to fill out some simple forms...and her application won't actually be submitted until she shows up at the embassy for an interview.
                      So-called 'visa fixers' are nothing but trouble and a waste of money.

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                      • #12
                        I am being careful. If it works, the money spent represents time saved for me. If it does not work, I get to call my wife an idiot. It's a win/win situation. My wife's mother is a peasant, living deep in the bowels of Mother Russia. She does not use computers. Are you familiar with this process? Here's what I expect will happen. The mother in law (MIL) will meet with this person, and they will submit the application by internet. Sound good so far? Money will change hands, and they will probably never see each other again. At that point, I want to be able to verify that the application was submitted. When the application is submitted via internet, do you get a tracking number, or some other kind of receipt? If yes, how can I use that info to track the progress of the application?

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                        • #13
                          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">My wife's mother is a peasant, living deep in the bowels of Mother Russia. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                          This might be a problem if she can't prove strong ties (i.e., home, job) to her home country.

                          I would assume a tracking number would be issued when the application is submitted; however, I can't find anything concrete on this matter.

                          Anyway, it would probably be easier for you and your wife to submit the application for her visa rather than putting it in the hands of a person who could be less than honorable. Unless, of course, you don't want her to get the visa.

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                          • #14
                            to the son in law...your MIL may well submit her application electronically, but that won't mean much until she is at the interview...probably she will be given some sort of code number once her completed application is emailed to the right place...as to her chances of being approved, well, a lot of that will depend on how her daughter (your wife) got to the US...if she ran off on a tourist visa and miraculously 'fell in love' ten minutes after picking up her baggage, I imagine that our embassy officials will believe that she did this to pave the way for other relatives to make their way to the US of A...and I also imagine our consular officials have seen that ploy attempted before...

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                            • #15
                              I appreciate, sort of, the feedback I am getting on my MIL's chances of getting the visa. But this is not my concern. My concern now is only to make sure that the visa application is submitted. Maybe I should do it myself. But you know, I'm freaking sick and tired of preparing applications -- applications for US passports, for Russian passports, for the wife's US citizenship. her green card. Oh how I hate preparing all those applications.

                              Since Someone12 seems to have a real Issue with how my wife got her permanent residence, you can rest easy there, you Fine Fellow. She got here via the fiance visa, which represented, oh what was it, three or four Application Exercises for me.

                              And, for those of you who must know, the MIL owns a flat and has a husband, who is not coming to the US. It does not matter at all to me what your opinion is about my MIL's chances to get a visa. I would not mind, however, knowing more about the process to track the visa application.

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