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300 Visa for Refugee living in US


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Old 09-28-2016, 08:48 AM
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Unhappy 300 Visa for Refugee living in US

Hi,
So my partner is a refugee living in US. He is originally from Iran, and spent 3 years in Sir Lanka while applying for refugee status, which is where we met. He's now lived in the US for a year, and we've been in a relationship for most of that time (ten months at the moment)!
During that ten months we've only spent two weeks together,the rest has been long distance...
We want to close the gap and i was hoping he could come over on a Work and Holiday visa, but as he has no passport and is still an Iranian citizen (four years until he can apply for US citizenship), he doesn't qualify, despite having a US green card and travel docs.
I'm now concerned both over the wait times for 300 Visas (12 months?!) and whether he will even qualify due to being a refugee?
Has anyone experienced anything similar with getting a refugee partner to Australia?

It sucks because I'm having trouble getting to the US, as I don't have 'strong ties' to Australia (according to them)... I'm beginning to feel like we're running out of options for even being together at all...
Any help or similar stories is soooo appreciated


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It sucks because I'm having trouble getting to the US, as I don't have 'strong ties' to Australia (according to them)... I'm beginning to feel like we're running out of options for even being together at all...
Any help or similar stories is soooo appreciated
Are you not able to get an ESTA to visit him in the US? Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident?

I am very sorry for your situation. Refugees have to spend a lot of time in limbo. First waiting for their asylum case to be accepted. Then waiting for resettlement. Then another wait for citizenship - depending on where they are resettled.

Hopefully someone can chime in with some suggestions.

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Old 09-28-2016, 10:12 AM
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I'm an Australian Citizen- I visited him in March for 2 weeks while on annual leave. I left my job in September and tried to go to the US for three months on an ESTA...this got denied, and so did my tourist visa application (which i applied for when I was forced to return home at the Chicago airport) because I don't have work or study in Australia.


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Old 09-28-2016, 10:25 AM
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Really? That sucks!

I visit the US at least once a year, as my husband is American. I have US bank accounts, own property in the US, and I have never had my ESTA refused - despite strong "ties" in the US. I did have a rather lengthy wait at the Canadian border going into Detroit earlier this year, but that's about it.

My brother travelled for about 6 weeks in the US a while back, and he did get a lot of questions as to how he would support himself, and did he still have a job to go back to in Australia. I guess you having no job to return to was a red flag to DHS. Does that mean that you can't apply for an ESTA again? It may be worth you speaking to a migration agent in the US.

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I can't apply for an ESTA I'm looking at studying in Australia, so hopefully that might change the situation if I reapply for a visitor visa! Currently trying to think of ways to bridge the gap if we apply for a 300 Visa...


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