SassAndSweet had a post this week about how everyone who has done a consular tour has been lied to. A lot. Like many many times per day.
And usually (I hope) badly. Of course, we wouldn't know if it was a good lie, right?
I worked the visa line in Jerusalem for 18 months before getting a chance to do some political work. In that amount of time, I did approximately 20,000 adjudications. Not a lot for a visa mill, but a helluva lot for Jerusalem. The only person in the system who had done more than I did was there for four years.
So you get lied to, and sometimes it is comical. You develop games to fake them out. "Is the computer going to tell me you worked in the US the last time you were there?" No, it isn't generally, but they don't know that. A friend of mine used to hand them the mouse and tell them it was a lie detector. That worked too. I made "priests" recite the Hail Mary (one real one asked if that was how I got people to pray for me and I said whatever works! I'll take all the help I can get!). I asked one priest who said he was going to help with Easter services when Easter was that year. He didn't know (and he had forged documents).
I am sure I missed one lie. Once I issued the visa, the girl ran from the window screaming a delighted "WWWWhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeee!" I'd really like to have that one back.
But sometimes the funniest ones are when then think telling you the truth will get them a visa.
"So your form says the last time you were in the US, you stayed 14 years. Is that correct?"
"Did you have a visa?"
"No, I crossed the Rio Grande." [Note: this was in Jerusalem that I got this answer.]
"I see. And you have been back 2 months?"
"And you want me to give you a visa?"
"Yes" Smiles broadly.
"But I told the truth!"
Yes you did. And the truth may set you free, but it also gets you a 10 year ban to re-entry.
Your turn. Share some funny visa stories.