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Consular Bias CR1 Visas in Africa

There have been a variety of verbal excuses given my Husband delaying / denying our CR1 Visa and neither of us have received written documentation or be given any direction. First it was the age difference, I am older, then it was my prior marriages, now it is that we didn't have a "cultural" wedding. Our second anniversary is in March 2012. The Consular has not adhered to their own documented regulations. They have not treated him with dignity. We need help and the process needs to be monitored for bias and discrimination. This entire process is emotionally and financially bankrupting and no one seems to care. We have met every criteria and paid and paid.

"In general, an approved petition will be considered by consular officers as prim a fascia evidence that the requirements for classification - which are examined in the petition process - have been met. Where Congress has placed responsibility and authority with DHS to determine whether the requirements for status which are examined in the petition process have been met, consular officers do not have the authority to question the approval of petitions without specific evidence, generally unavailable to DHS at the time of petition approval, that the beneficiary may not be entitled to status due to fraud, changes in circumstances or clear error on the part of DHS in approving the petition. Con-offs should not assume that a petition should be revoked simply because they would have reached a different decision if adjudicating the petition."

 

...Yet in 2010, consular officers across the globe have felt free to ignore this information and regularly deny family-based visa petitions for subjective reasons, and then refuse to give any clear reasons for denial. A clear framework and set of rules should be distributed AND ENFORCED at all US Embassies and Consulates.

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