Don’t rely on others
I am the owner of a local supply company. My sales manager will be going to the United States to attend a trade show. She has never had a visa before and was refused a few years ago. What can I do to ensure that she’ll get the visa to attend the trade show on behalf of the company?
Many applicants come to their visa appointments with letters from their employers stating they will cover all expenses of an applicant’s travel to the United States. We also receive similar assurances from a family member or friend in Trinidad and Tobago or the United States explaining to the embassy that they will cover expenses and ensure the return of their loved one to Trinidad and Tobago after a short stay.
While bringing in these letters is well intentioned, they are not vital to the decision of the visa officer. US immigration law states that all applicants for non-immigrant visas must qualify on their own merits and cannot rely on the assurances of third parties such as your company. Because of this, even if someone else is paying for the travel, the applicant must be able to qualify for a visa on their own.
In order to qualify for a visa, applicants must demonstrate for themselves that they have a residence abroad that they do not intend to abandon by providing credible evidence of sufficiently strong economic, professional, family and social ties that would compel them to leave the United States at the end of a temporary non-working stay.
Therefore, your sales manager should be prepared to tell the interviewing officer about her current job as well as any other strong social and financial connections she has to Trinidad and Tobago. Best of luck with the trade show.