Softball Teams from the Caribbean Coast were Denied Visa.
RAAS, Aug 17-The United States Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua denied visas to
the ladies softball teams who were hoping to make the journey to participate in
the Tri-State tournament in Maryland, September 1 - 3. This year marked the 23rd
anniversary of the tournament and the first time in many years that the ladies
teams from the Caribbean coast will not participate in the tournament.
Vice Consul at the embassy said that the Consulate sited section 214 (b) of the
Immigration and Nationality act for not issuing the visas. This section of the
Immigration act state that the U.S. immigration law imposes on each visa
applicant a presumption of immigrant intent and places the burden of proof
entirely upon the applicant to overcome this presumption.
overcome this presumption the applicant must provide evidence of a permanent
residence abroad and such strong professional, financial and family ties to that
residence that the applicant will be compelled to return.
to the Vice Consul at the US embassy in Nicaragua, the team members were unable
to show sufficiently strong ties to Nicaragua to overcome the presumption of
immigrant intent and therefore were denied visas.
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