Embassy has received many reports of citizens losing thousands of dollars through such scams.
Based upon previous inquiries, the Embassy has created a list of Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQs) with answers. I would like to know whether this person I have met is for real, but all I have is his/her name and photo.
Complete and authoritative information on applying for a U. visa is available on the Department of State’s webpage on Visa Information for Temporary Visitors.
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I have sent this individual ,000.00 and now I find out his/her visa is a fake.
Embassy cannot verify the identity of this individual, because Russia has strict laws protecting the distribution of information about Russian citizens. At the appointment at the Embassy, the applicant is interviewed by an American Consular officer and is immediately told whether he or she is eligible for the visa.
The individual I’m corresponding with says that s/he needs ,000.00 to show for "pocket money" or the airline won’t let him/her board the plane. If I send the money to the Embassy, can you buy the ticket for him/her? I would like to know whether this person I have met is for real, but all I have is his/her name and photo. More information about "romance" and other Internet scams can be found at:
I would like to bring my foreign friend to the United States to visit and s/he says I must wire money for a ticket, but I don’t want to send it directly. The embassy has information on foreign citizens only if a person has actually applied for services from the U. If the decision is positive, the visa is sent to the applicant within 72 hours through Pony Express.