I am a US citizen and I petitioned my father for immigrant visa and my dad has his interview in Cairo, Egypt few days ago. the officer was very nice, he asked few questions and then congratulated my dad and kept his passport to be mailed after they issue the visa. 5 days later my brother received my dad's visa free- passport along with a refusal worksheet and 2 check boxes were marked ( * section 212 (a)(9)(b)(2) and under Waiver Eligibility * No waiver is available for the grounds of ineligibility)
My father entered the US back in 2000 via a visitor visa but he overstayed his visa.
My father was prepared to sell his car and the house but was waiting till he has the interview. So, he sold them right after he had his interview based on his understanding that he is approved. my father in the hospital now for heart issues and i don't dare to tell him the visa was refused because of his health condition and also my mom (who is a permanent resident and lives with me) his qualifying relative is severely distressed now because she thought he will be here before her major surgery next month.
(10 years bar expires in 2021)
From your numbers ... your father appears to have overstayed his visitor visa by about 11 years (from 2000 to 2011) ... which started the 10 year bar 'clock'.
Didn't you know about this bar?
Didn't you consult with an attorney before letting him go into the interview?
Unfortunately, many visa officers say 'things look good' ... but, because they're required to show the case to a supervisor ... they can't make the final decision. Clearly, the officer and/or supervisor did additional research.
Talk to an attorney about preparing the case for 2021.
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You are going to need to re-file after the ten year bar has been reached. Have an attorney for that application. He or she will be able to help you have a strong application, with an affidavit from your father explaining any issues that need clarification, and other supporting evidence.
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