My mother in law applied for a b2 Visa from jordan to help come and assist my wife after she gives birth in June. We filed DS-160 a few a weeks ago and she got approve and Visa issued. She has a 12 year old son that we also wanted to come with her and thought about doing an application for him. Today she asked someone at aimmigration office in Jordan and they told her that there is a high chance of her Visa getting revoked if she applies for her son and that she should have done it with her application. How can someone's Visa be revoke based on someone else application?

Thank you

Also the child's father passed away about 3 years ago

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    It could depend on whether the child remaining behind in Jordan was portrayed as a tie to home and a compelling reason to return in your MIL’s application. Applying to have her son accompany her in a subsequent application rather than at the outset could be seen as immigrant intent.
    – Traveller
    Mar 4, 2019 at 18:39
  • @Traveller SOunds like an answer to me. Mar 4, 2019 at 18:39
  • Would the fact that she has 4 daughters help? The son is the youngest and the daughters all work full time and not home most of the day. Why would they not just deny him rather then revoke the MIL Visa?
    – Thaer
    Mar 4, 2019 at 19:00
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    @Thaer Why did they not apply together in the first place?
    – Traveller
    Mar 4, 2019 at 19:15
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    Yes it is very true. Many people’s visa are being revoked in Venezuela (and other countries) after they take their children in for visas. I will post the news reports shortly. It’s a recent phenomenon under Trump although there may be underlying reasons. Mar 4, 2019 at 19:22

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B1/B2 visa applicants need to overcome the US assumption of immigrant intent. If your mother-in-law portrayed ties to home that included her 12 year old son remaining behind during her visit in her application, it would be unwise to present a different picture subsequent to obtaining her visa by applying for a visa for her son to accompany her. It could well look like an attempt to hide intentions to overstay in the US; having adult daughters who work stay behind isn’t such a strong tie as a dependent child.

You will never know if she would have been given the visa if she had applied with her son in the first place. IMHO it would be safer to follow the advice of the Immigration office in Jordan and proceed with the visit as described in the application. You should be aware that even having a visa does not guarantee entry https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/visitor.html

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