My sister-in-law (Nicaraguan Citizen) is currently studying abroad in Taiwan. She has a 3 month vacation coming up this June - Sept. and my husband and I are trying to find a way for her to spend some time with us in Wisconsin. She has a transit visa because on her way from Managua to Taiwan (last Sept.), she had a layover in L.A. or San Francisco.
In the past, she had already been denied a tourist Visa, twice. She thought she could go to a U.S. Embassy in Taiwan to apply for a Tourist Visa but there is no U.S. Embassy there. Taiwan appears to be part of the Visa waiver program. Flying Taiwan to Nicaragua is very expensive ($1,500+). Can she buy a round trip ticket from Taiwan to Chicago (a few hours from our home) for about 3 weeks and stay here on the C-Transit Visa? Or would that transit visa only be used in a situation of flying from Taiwan to her country of Citizenship, Nicaragua, with a layover somewhere in the U.S.
Is there any way she can apply again for a Tourist Visa from outside her country of citizenship in a country that doesn't have a U.S. Embassy? If she were to fly to Nicaragua on a round-trip to Taiwan (because she has to be back at school there in Sept.), I don't think she would have enough time to apply for a Tourist Visa there - I believe it can take months - and still have time to come an visit us, if she were to get the Visa.