General Questions:Visitor Visa to U.S., Fiance Application, Minor Child/Custody
Firstly, I would like to thank you in advance for your responses/replies to my questions, any information would be greatly appreciated. I will give you some basic background information on my situation, if it helps facilitate answering any of the questions. I met a Tunisian man via the internet about 1.5 years ago, we started talking as friends and have now developed feelings for one another. We are not engaged at this point (Although, he has expressed his wishes to make me his wife). We have decided to meet in March/April 2014 in person; However, we talk everyday via skype and the telephone. I would like to stress that this is in no way any sort of "bezness" and do not feel as though that is an issue. He is 37 yrs old, I am 39, we are both middle class & working individuals. He has never asked for money, and states it is dishonorable for a man to take $$ from a woman. I have sent him 1 package over the course of 1.5 years and the majority of the boxes content was for his daughter who is 5 yrs old in celebration of her birthday. He was married 6 years ago, and is legally divorced (as of about 5.5 years) He has custody of his daughter, and she visits her mother every other monday. But he takes full financial responsibility for her, paying her schooling, general care, insurance, etc....He has never claimed financial hardship of any kind, has been with his current employer for 4 years, has a work history starting at approximately 21 years of age (that contains no gaps), he is college educated, and responsible. He is Muslim (However, not hardcore-he's kinda a chitan ...lol), his sense of humor, way of thinking is very "western" i can't explain it...since he has never left Tunisia or tells me even thought about leaving Tunisia...But he gets it, and his wit and ability to keep up with my convo is pretty impressive, there does not seem to be "huge" cultural differences in the way we connect and think and we spend a lot of time talking.
1. As previously stated, we have decided to meet MarchApril 2014: I know the particulars of the application process for a visitors visa, But is it extremely hard to obtain a visitors visa to the United States? He does not own property (as he currently lives with his family), but has been employed 4 years, holds a bank account, and will leave his daughter there upon visiting (so he will be returning) The plan is for him to come visit approx. 7-10 days and then return to Tunisia. His employer has stated that he will help him obtain the visa, but i am not exactly sure of how he can help (possibly writing a letter of some sort or I am under the impression from my friend that his employer has ties to the embassy in some way)
** The back-up plan to the visa falling through on his end (if he cannot obtain one) Is to wire me the money for air fare to Tunisia & I will visit him there: if this occurs, I would be flying into Carthage and would appreciate suggestions as to what resort city is closest and nicest to the airport. I do not want to travel too far from the general area of the airport. I do not have extensive plans to tour the country, only to meet him and spend time with him alone there...So a nice quiet/safe resort town close to where i will depart would be good.
2. After meeting and spending time with him, I will make a determination as to whether I want him to come stay here with me in the United States (If i decide to apply for a fiance visa for him) How long is the average process of application? and is it difficult to obtain his passage here to the U.S?
3. The third question is very important: If i decide to apply for a fiance visa for him, I refuse to allow him come here unless he is able to bring his daughter with him. Since he has had full custody of his daughter for the past 4.5 years, would it be difficult for him to apply for her to come with him. I do not believe there are any strict laws that will prevent him from bringing her under these circumstances from Tunisia (although i think women in general have more liberal rights to their children in Tunisia) I do not want him to violate any law that may cause him to be in trouble for abduction, etc... I am worried about that. And is this something he handles completely on his end or do i include her as well on the fiance visa application?
Thank you again for any help ~Tiffany