I know the situation below sounds really weird, however it is real.
In 2003 April, my in-laws came to visit us from India and when they arrived, they were authorized a 6 month stay. Their visit was supposed to end in Oct. In September we applied for an extension of stay. However the extension was rejected and we got the rejection notice early December. They therefore left at the earliest available opportunity which was Dec 31st, 2003. My father-in-law took the rejection notice with him and unfortunately, he destroyed the paperwork early this year, without realizing that it was an important piece of paper. Now we have no record that we actually did apply for the extension during their last stay here in the US. Unfortunately, we do not have any copies as well nor the WAC #. (See my disclaimer above!).
Now we are trying to see if they can come visit us again this year. They have traveled to the US extensively before and had a 10-year multiple entry visa that expired last year. So they are appearing at the Chennai Consulate later this year to apply for a new 10-year visa.
I have the following questions -
(1) How can I get a duplicate copy of the rejection notice? I am trying to get a copy of the cancelled check to see if it has the WAC # and if so, can I still use I-824 for this purpose - even though I-824 is for approved petitions only? Is there any other way to get a duplicate copy?
(2) The extension request in 2003 was the first and only extension request they have made thus far - they have been here probably about 15-20 times. They have property and stuff in India and have recently retired. How much of an impact will the rejection have when they apply for the 10-year visa later this year?
Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.