I am a green card holder and full time MBA student in Irvine, California and I am graduating in June 2008. My husband (US citizen) works as software engineer. I invited (for graduation ceremony) my parents and brother (he is MBA degree holder with good job in Mumbai, not married, 26 years old). My father is businessman and mother is house wife. My husband sent the sponsor documents for all three of them. Their visa got rejected first time in February 2008.
All three of them went for the interview together. The visa officer started with asking questions to my brother. He was asked to show letter from my school showing the proof of graduation. Unfortunately, we did not have that. Somehow I missed sending the letter. Then he was asked what am I going to do after graduation. My brother told the truth that I have a job lined up. The visa officer asked him what my brother does. My brother told about his job and started showing the salary stub to show his salary. The visa officer refused to see that. Then the visa officer asked my father about his business. my father described what he does and started showing the proof of property, etc. but he refused to see that. He did not ask anything to my mother. Their visa was rejected.
My brother thinks that the visa was rejected for the following reason:
1) All 3 of them applied together so they didn't have anything that would bring them back to India
2) No proof of my graduation ceremony
3) Since, I and my husband, both will be working, we can support all of 3 of them in USA permanently or for long time.
The visa officer did not say anything explictly but these are my brother's assumption.
I really want my parents to be here for my graduation ceremony so we are applying for the visa again. Their next interview is on March 31st. This time, obviously, they will have the letter from my school as a proof of my graduation. Also, my brother is not reapplying so they can demonstarte that they have a reason to go back.
In any case, my parents and brother are planning to come to just visit me, they have no intention of staying back in US.
Is there anything else I should do differently this time to ensure that atleast my parents get the visa?
Your help will be greatly appreciated.