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OUTRAGE OF THE DAY: WIFE DENIED VISA TO ATTEND MURDERED HUSBAND'S FUNERAL

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The widow of an Indian cab driver who was shot last week by a gang member in Seattle has been denied a visitor visa to come to the US to attend her husband's funeral. Jagjit Singh had been saving money to bring his wife to the US. Jagjit's colleagues raised $10,000 to pay for his widow to come to the US, but a US consulate in India denied Mrs. Singh a visa to attend her husband's funeral. Seattle taxi drivers went ahead and held a Mr. Singh's funeral this past weekend.



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  1. 's Avatar
    There may be good reason for the denial. 43 yr old married to a 20/21 yr old recent graduate is enough to raise eyebrows in India.
  2. In Immigration Limbo's Avatar
    Sadly, I doubt you will have a shortage of outrages. I think many of us blog regulars (who are hopeful immigrants) have our own outrage(s) if we've been in the system long enough.

    BTW, where does it say she was 20/21? Says she was in her 20's.
  3. 's Avatar
    >> BTW, where does it say she was 20/21? Says she was in her 20's

    Recent graduate = 20/21 at most 24.
  4. guyfromsg's Avatar
    Believe media has a role to play here. When Virginia tech massacare happened, the extended family of 9 people of the Indian Professor had their visas expedited and approved in a day or so. Some of them didn't even have passports and the Indian govt arranged for immediate passport. And get this, the state govt paid for air fare. Imagine US embassy denying visa in this case and every major network would have made it a headline news.

    Since this guy is poor taxi driver his wife gets different treatment..
  5. Sam's Avatar
    You are right guyfromsg.
    It's all media/publicity/politics. Wicked world runs on it.
  6. Anonymous's Avatar
    OK, that is just wrong.
  7. Another voice's Avatar
    Hey this just show how well trained are the US consular staff are. Give me a break with these people I guess they never heard of humanitarian visas.
  8. Deb's Avatar
    Nothing unusual. Rank and file are subjected to rude and unreasonable behevior everyday. My parents were denied visa and the consular officer was extremely rude. So much that my mother refuses to go for any more visa interviews.
  9. Know what it feels like's Avatar
    We lived in the U.S. legally near the Canadian border while my wife was a student. We crossed back into Canada frequently, and in fact I worked in Canada and commuted from where we lived in the U.S. to my job (meaning I had to cross the border each day). I was hauled in one day, while returning home (to the U.S. where we had a legal residence) from my job in Canada and interrogated for at least a half hour by incredibly rude and belligerent armed border police. They accused me of working in the U.S. while being a dependent on my wifes student visa, even though I was returning from my job in Canada!!!!! Without a shred of evidence yet. It's like they were trying to "scare" a confession out of me.

    That was one of the worst experiences of my life. It was a helpless feeling as they have almost unlimited power of search, seizure and detainment. They eventually did let me return home to my family, but to this day, I have a sick feeling in my gut every time I cross into the U.S.

  10. Calouste's Avatar
    Someone who dare not speak their name is making some assumptions to fit their insinuations. If the woman in question just graduated as an MD, she would be in her late 20s for example. Or she might just have started university later.

    Please keep to the facts, and don't start any IMO racist insinuations. Would you have said the same thing if it was a Canadian taxi driver?

    Btw, so much for the "sanctity of marriage" so much talkes about by the conservatives if a wife is not even allowed to attend her husband's funeral.
  11. 's Avatar
    "Someone who dare not speak their name is making some assumptions to fit their insinuations."

    All of us are anonymous. Debate the facts if you can.

    "If the woman in question just graduated as an MD, she would be in her late 20s for example. Or she might just have started university later."

    Possible but not realisitic that she is an MD. Anyway, my point was that visa officers in India watch these types of things like a hawk. Wives are asked to produce albums of their wedding pictures, certificates and any sign of things out of the ordinary like a huge difference in the ages of the husband and wife is enough to merit a denial.

    "Please keep to the facts, and don't start any IMO racist insinuations. Would you have said the same thing if it was a Canadian taxi driver?"

    Yes, if it is not usual for 43 year old Canadians to marry recent graduates in their 20s.
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