I have a friend that wants to come and spend some time with me in the U.S. from Russia. She has told me that in order to get her visa approved she has to show that she financial means while here with me. The amount is 1800$ that she is supposed to show the Travel agent and if she can't show that amount she will be denied for out of country travel for the period of 5 years. How much is fact or is all fiction?

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    When you say 'friend' do you mean someone you have known personally for a long time, or someone you met online? – DJClayworth May 5 '16 at 2:44
  • Single female visiting a single male she may be denied on those grounds. I don't know where $1800 came from and I wouldn't trust any agent until she applies for a visa. – Karlson May 5 '16 at 2:54
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    It's the full on signature of a scam, beware. However, your gf may be innocently echoing what the agent told her. A lot of them don't have any visa experience so don't dump her just yet. :) When I was in practice I arranged hundreds of visitor visas for Russian girls (albeit for the UK) and ran into this all the time. Use your own b1 attorney stateside and you'll be thankful for having done it. – Gayot Fow May 5 '16 at 3:38
  • Everybody has to show financial means to get a visa. Everything else is fiction. The number came out of someone's back side, and the travel ban is false as well. – Michael Hampton May 5 '16 at 6:01
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    Note that the question above is not a duplicate in content, but it's a duplicate in spirit, since it's asking about a Russian "woman" asking for money for travel-related purposes. – JonathanReez May 5 '16 at 8:04

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