Operator: Sir where is your passport from ?
Yeison: From Costa Rica.
Operator: Do you have a United States tourist visa ?
Yeison: Not right now ma’am, I am not planning to go to the United States. I am asking you how much would that be for a ticket from Costa Rica to Taiwan.
Operator: Let me check sir please hold the line.
Operator: Without the US Vvsa you can’t do a layover in the States so you will have to fly to Europe first and it will be an extra $975 to your flight ticket !
Yeison: oooouchh, damn ! *facepalm*
This is just an example of some of the conversations that I was having with travel agencies before I got my US Visa in order to buy our Asia tickets in September.
Before I go further I would like to share this.
“Why does the color of your passport make you entitled to get in to any countries without a problem, why do some countries ask for so many things just to visit when the same country welcomes them with a smile and doesn’t ask them anything? How come the country name printed on the cover of your passport make you a better or a worse person? I don’t think it does. You’re a good person due to your education, culture, modesty and RESPECT to others”
How I got my US Visa for 10 years
This is an interesting story. When I was 18 I got my USA visa for the time and I had the chance to go and experience the country. I went to many places and after a few years my visa expired and I didn’t renew it because I didn’t have the necessity to go the USA.
For those who think they will never get their visa because they were rejected before, cheer up! Before I got my visa they rejected me 3 times with no explanations. One time the guy behind the bullet proof window told me that I was a possible immigrant.
Anyways I have always been a person that follows the rules and takes everything easy. I have to admit every time I got rejected I used to get so mad because I think that Costa Rica is about to become the 51st state. With all respect I see more gringos than ticos walking on the streets where we live.
So after 3 times of being called “possible immigrant”, “read the paper I am giving you the answer is there” and “sorry you don’t qualify for a visa” I was like whatever. I respect their decisions, even if they are wrong I will never change my beaches, beautiful wildlife, our traditional birthday parties or anything that made me what I am just for a few more dollars.
Samantha’s brother invited me to his wedding and he is very nice with me. Actually her whole family has been so special with me that the least I could do to show them respect was to try again and that’s why I applied and paid the $160 for the interview (you can even pay with PayPal now).
The last three times I got rejected I had a really good stable job, I was making around $2000 a month with a contract. I was renting a house, I had savings in my bank account. I brought papers for everything so I could prove I will come back but unfortunately no documents were shown, they didn’t even ask to see them.
This time I was almost sure they were going to reject me again because now I am a full time blogger who has several blogs and make his money thanks to affiliate sales and teaching people how to make some money online.
So this is exactly what I did to get my USA Visa approved
This is exactly the list of things and the mindset I had when I went to get my visa:
Honestly I was ready to be rejected again. The last three times I had a really different mindset. I really wanted to get my visa and I was very smiley with the officer, so I decided this time just to be respectful but not nice. I had my classic hurry up man I need to take a 7 hours bus back home attitude.
I mean seriously I was seeing him as a normal person no like a US consul. I answered my interviewer questions like when you have a fight with your girlfriend and you just answer “yes” “no” “I don’t know.”
Well I don’t have to much to say about this except that I didn’t shower and I woke up at 3 am to take a 5 hours bus ride to the capital of San Jose. I am sure I was not the cutest guy in the embassy and the smell was not bad, but worse than 75% of the people in the place since I was not wearing fancy cologne like the guy behind me. I don’t know if that guy was trying to impress the consul or kill him with the smell, what a shitty cologne.
During my previous interviews, I always wore nice clothes, even a tie and a suit! So this time I was like fu#$ this, I put on my yeisonkim.com t-shirt, some really comfortable hiking pants and flip flops.
Yes, I wore flip flops to the interview. On the top of that, when the bus stopped for a bathroom break I had a sandwich for breakfast and pretty much all the ketchup ended up on my shirt and I didn’t have another with me. So I wore a t-shirt with a huge ketchup stain on it.
Besides my appointment confirmation, I only brought a couple of bank statements that I printed my self at home and my pro blogger book. That was my whole docs kit but I also brought the wedding invitation. Last time I brought so many papers and they didn’t even look at them so I didn’t bring any this time.
Decisive answer in the interview
During the 5 minute interview, the US Officer asked me 4 to 6 questions and the last and decisive question was “what do you do for living?” Inside me I was like, “Ok that’s it thank you very much to everyone the show is over!” When I told him I was a blogger and Internet marketer, I also mentioned two of our sites www.yeisonkim.com and this one mytanfeet.com.
The consul answer was the last answer I ever imagined to hear. The consul told me that he had seen our blogs before and he said that with a smile and look like saying with his eyes “Man you are living the life.” 10 seconds later he was telling that they will mail my passport to my post office with my visa in it and have a great day.
I love being a blogger and working in the internet marketing business. I never imagined having a blog will even help me to get my USA visa, I mean the odds for a random consul to know your blog are very low.
I don’t know if it is a matter of luck to get your visa but I am very happy to get it. It came at the perfect time because now we are going to travel more and being able lay over in the states will save me lots of money.
This is going to sound like I am selling you the idea, but hey being a blogger helped me to get my visa and it was a really cool feeling to have a random person know our blog. It has opened up so many doors for us and it’s given us so many new opportunities. If you’ve ever thought about starting your own blog, what are you waiting for? You can click here and I will help you build your blog.
In August we will be leaving for 3 weeks to Washington, then we going to Asia for 4 or 5 months and all of this has been paid thanks to the internet. While we’re in Asia we’re going to continue working hard on the blog and all our projects so we’ll be able to work anywhere as long as we have Wi-Fi!
Pura vida to every one !