Nonimmigrant Visa Petition: Let’s Make It Easier Together

Dear friends,

Perhaps you (or someone you know) faced this situation when you wanted to invite a relative to visit you in the U.S. for a short period of time only to find out that the travel visa was denied due to the fact that the current U.S. law stipulates that every non-immigrant visa applicant shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he or she establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, . . . that he or she is entitled to a nonimmigrant status.”

It’s time to change this discriminating practice!

I want to let you know about a new petition I created on “We the People”, a new feature on WhiteHouse.gov, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine?

“We the People” allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.

AS OF OCTOBER 3, 2011: To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.

To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by November 25, 2011, the White House will review it and respond!

Please share this message with your friends and relatives for their action if you are willing to add your name to my petition!

You can view and sign the petition here:

https://wh.gov/TEN

Thank you in advance for your support!

Best regards,

Oleg Bulshteyn, Philadelphia, PA (olegbulshteyn@hotmail.com)

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Make amendments to the current INA to allow relatives of U.S. Citizens obstacle-free travel to the U.S. for short stays.

Section 214(b) of the INA is the most common basis for denying a nonimmigrant visa. It stipulates that every applicant “shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he or she establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, . . . that he or she is entitled to a nonimmigrant status.” I (We) believe that the current INA should be amended to allow relatives of U.S. citizens the opportunity to visit their family members in the U.S. for short periods of time without any obstacles. So, for example, if I as a U.S. citizen invite my brother who lives in Ukraine to visit me in the U.S. for 1 month, he should be granted a visitor visa if his background check is OK. This would be a great benefit to a lot of people as well as to the U.S. economy.

Created: Oct 26, 2011

Issues: Civil Rights and Liberties, Family, Immigration

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4 Comments

  1. This is a very important issue for all american citizens, because is not acceptable make any difficulties for us in order to invite close relatives and friends to come to the United States for a short time. Please, resolve this issue as soon as possible.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m a US permanant resisdent but not a US citizen. I have the similar issue: I invited my sister and my nieces to come to US for a summer. They got denied. I assume you only need US citizen to sign the petition? The Obama admistration would not care the issues a permanant resisdent has, right?

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    • Oleg says:

      I would encourage everyone sign this petition even though it says “…relatives of U.S. Citizens”. I think that words “U.S. Citizens” give the petition more chances of generating the positive outcome. We have to start somewhere. Eventually, green card holders can be included too!

      So, please ask everyone who supports the cause sign this petition!

      Regards,

      Oleg

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