B-2

       SUCCESSFUL B-1/B-2 VISA    Nationality: Filipino  Ages: 66 & 54  Occupation: Farmer  Savings: $2,400 USD  No affiliations or any organizational ties  Past Travel History: Never been out of the Philippines  Challenges:  Elderly couple  Family ties in United States  Very little savings in the Philippines     Applicants Mr. and Mrs. Wong* are a husband and wife couple hoping to visit their daughter and son-in-law in Iowa on a B-2 tourist visa. However as evidenced above, they have very little savings and income, such that USCIS may be concerned that the couple would abandon their citizenship in the Philippines and stay in the U.S. or that they may be unable to support themselves while in the U.S.   Keys to Success   Initially, we believed that Mr. and Mrs. Wong’s case would be difficult to prove, as they had demonstrated family ties to the U.S. and had very little savings in the Philippines. Typically, it is extremely difficult for older individuals in the Philippines who have never traveled outside the Philippines to obtain approval. There is a 75% denial rate for individuals traveling from the Philippines, making this case to be quite challenging.  However, by helping Mr. and Mrs. Wong in providing documentation of all of their assets, we were able to demonstrate that the couple had multiple properties in the Philippines, and planned to further develop their property to include a beach front resort, showing their connection to their home country. Owning property in a foreign country helps prove not only financial stability, but also strong ties abroad. Furthermore, we assisted the couple in documenting their extensive extended family members in the Philippines, which helped to establish their connections overseas. In all, we spent 8 months collecting documentation on the couple's farmland and other property. This process was critical, as once one is denied, it is extremely difficult to gain approval later on. Once all the documentation was discovered, the application was submitted.   Outcome   Our client's B-2 application was accepted and approved in less than one month.  *Name has been changed to protect client identity.

A couple with no ties to their native country, little to no income, and family ties in US needs to prove that they will not abandon their citizenship in the Philippines in order to visit their daughter. Despite their US family ties, we made clear the couple's strong connection to the Philippines in both finance and family.