The U.S embassy in Riyadh recently rejected my husbands visa application after having him waiting for over a YEAR for it to be processed. That’s longer than any of the developing countries like say Zimbabwe would take to process any kind of applications. So now they finally decided to inform him it has been denied because they obviously suspect him of something sneaky. Ridiculous!!!
We’ve wanted to travel to Hawaii for a long time and of course my husband wants to visit his dear friends there so last year he decided to apply for the visa, that was around August. After having lived in the States for 15 years, over half of his life, it feels like a second home to him and we were really looking forward to flying over last year.
After my husband applied, the embassy did not reply his emails and enquiries about the application process. They just said he had to wait. Every once in a while he would ask about it but nothing happened. We had to change our travel plans and decided to postpone our trip.
Months went by with no word from them. In the meanwhile my husband would obtain a Shengen visa two times with no difficulties.
Then this October they suddenly contacted him wanting to have an interview. Finally we thought some progress and the news article seemed promising, stating “It now only takes nine days to get an interview appointment for a visa at the US Embassy in Riyadh, and a maximum of four weeks to receive the visa afterward”. They asked to see my husbands previous passport, which had visit visas to the States, latest just two years back actually.
He arrived for his interview and was then was made to wait in the embassy for three hours for his interview which was conducted by some senior
terrorist investigator visa official. They were particularly interested in what my husband had been doing working as a volunteer for an Islamic organization over 10 years ago when he was a teenager. Seriously, first of all this is a reputable organization and it was so long ago, suddenly it is an issue? Where is the logic? Oh, yes because it’s an Islamic organization. But has he ever commited any crimes or violations or acted in any way suspicious?? Why did it take over a year to reach this decision? How come he was issued visas many times before? Since when did volunteer work and doing something good become a crime? Oh yes-of course when it’s done for an Islamic cause.
This is so maddening and ridiculous, they should be ashamed for this stupidity! Clearly they suspect my husband is involved in something fishy in other words terrorism. What a great example yet again of the Great American Ignorance and prejudices.
goon representative from the Ignorance Bureau even said in the article “the US Embassy is delighted at the growing number of visa applications by Saudis” and they have “strong commitment to encourage Saudis to go to the US for education, business and other purposes”
Ya right, what a JOKE!