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(File 770)   Got two Hugo nominations and a fully crowdfunded trip to Worldcon? Why, if you are lucky, you might get a full minute for the US Embassy to deny you a visa   (file770.com) divider line
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2022-08-19 3:12:42 AM  
Chuck Tingle?

Seriously, though, Sci fi has long been a medium for making social statements. He probably pissed off someone in the Buhari administration.
 
2022-08-19 4:20:13 AM  
Sad puppies strike again.
 
2022-08-19 4:51:39 AM  
Spare a thought for the man in the Nigerian embassy who has to work out who is and who is not a scammer
 
2022-08-19 5:15:11 AM  
State Department is where little tinpot dictators go to work when they can't meet the physical requirements for being a cop.
 
2022-08-19 5:28:13 AM  

Boojum2k: State Department is where little tinpot dictators go to work when they can't meet the physical requirements for being a cop.


Have you seen cops these days?
 
2022-08-19 5:34:36 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Boojum2k: State Department is where little tinpot dictators go to work when they can't meet the physical requirements for being a cop.

Have you seen cops these days?


Yeah, but you have to pass the physical to get in. Once in, go nuts on donuts I guess. And also depriving minorities of their civil rights too.
 
2022-08-19 6:20:50 AM  

Boojum2k: State Department is where little tinpot dictators go to work when they can't meet the physical requirements for being a cop.


Pretty much everyone I've met who works in government bureaucracy is a joyless wonder, but the visa folk at the US Consulate/Embassy seem to be particularly unrelentingly anhedonic.

This is why you triply check that everything is in order when going for the interview, because they will deny a visa for any reason
 
2022-08-19 7:01:41 AM  
Hmmm...not knowing anything about him, his writing, or his politics, I can only assume it is one thing...

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2022-08-19 7:44:05 AM  
Not trying to defend the bureaucrat here but according to the letter they claim he had to show that he will be coming back.
Is it possible that he does not have a job or own a home and therefore the guy thought he might not come back?
Just trying to figure out why it was such a quick refusal, not discounting that he might have ruffled some feathers with his writing.
 
2022-08-19 7:48:01 AM  
You want to not be listened to?

Go through divorce court as a dad....
 
2022-08-19 7:48:34 AM  
It's crappy what happened to him but "oh, you don't want to let me go to the US? Well I guess you don't want to cure CANCER then" might be a stretch.
 
2022-08-19 8:29:47 AM  

maybeyoushould: It's crappy what happened to him but "oh, you don't want to let me go to the US? Well I guess you don't want to cure CANCER then" might be a stretch.


When I worked support for a medical University. We had a person who's only job it was for part of the year was to deal with all bits of regulations and paperwork that would allow overseas students on scholarships/grants attend. There's a stack of paperwork as thick as your thumb to be signed notarized and filled out to stay in the US from a '3d world' country. Same world go for Drs/researchers attending conventions in other countries.
It could be his common experience with US visas/work visas from home is from Medical Student's stories...we had quite a few north African residences. This isn't Unique to the US. Heck, Canada can deny entry even as a tourist if you've had a DUI in the past 10 years.
 
2022-08-19 8:52:30 AM  
Trump appointee still at the embassy?
 
2022-08-19 11:12:48 AM  
As a fan of underground bands from far away, getting a performers visa to play gigs in the US is a brutal and expensive process. There are some consultants, however, that are professionals at just doing this one thing, and can always make it work.  But it usually involves submitting 80 pages of not just forms, but also print outs of just why the artist is so special and all of their accolades, no matter how trivial or trumped up ("My Client was on the cover of the Teen Girl Squad fanzine, which is photocopied and sent out of Brenda's Mom's basement.")
 
2022-08-19 7:54:26 PM  

mekkab: As a fan of underground bands from far away, getting a performers visa to play gigs in the US is a brutal and expensive process. There are some consultants, however, that are professionals at just doing this one thing, and can always make it work.  But it usually involves submitting 80 pages of not just forms, but also print outs of just why the artist is so special and all of their accolades, no matter how trivial or trumped up ("My Client was on the cover of the Teen Girl Squad fanzine, which is photocopied and sent out of Brenda's Mom's basement.")


A lovely Scottish Lass I follow on the socials (Natti Dred, check her out) got all excited, booked a gig a few weeks out in NYC, told everyone.... couldnt get a visa in time.

I guess what I'm curious about is... what if the just came here on a tourist visa and HAPPENED to go on stage and play at a show? Is that bad? Should they not have done that?
 
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2022-08-20 11:49:15 AM  
 
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