Maybe I’ve been lucky. I’ve been helping people from abroad get artist visas now for 11 years. In all of that time, I can only recall two prior instances in which a U.S. embassy or consulate in a foreign country gave an applicant trouble in issuing a visa. Both of those instances involved applicants who admitted to working outside of the context of their approved visas. One of these two was ultimately refused (which was in Santo Domingo), the other was ultimately approved (Berlin).
I have now had two clients in the span of a single month who were given a hassle obtaining O-1 artist visas at the U.S. embassy in Oslo, Norway. In both cases, the consular officer – who was the same one in both cases – wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recommending revocation of the approval notice, a drastic and unusual step indeed.
In trying to fight the revocation, the issue that I am dealing with is whether this an instance of good faith dissent with the decision of a U.S. adjudications officer, or a lack of understanding of the regulations on the part of the Vice-Consul of the nonimmigrant visa unit?
Since then, I have heard a similar story about two individuals having trouble at the U.S. embassy in Finland. That is entirely unconfirmed on my part, I don’t have any other direct details.
But I am writing this blog to give people fair warning: some embassies and consulates are harder than others. It is good to talk to an attorney to see if they had clients who had visa appointments at the embassy at which you want to apply. Failing that, it is good to talk to someone who had a case similar to yours at the embassy before scheduling a visa appointment. If you have questions, please contact me.