I was a graduate student at University of California Los Angeles, class of 2017.
Like any other student, I really wanted to have my mom next to me in the commencement ceremony. She was the one who supported me both financially and emotionally during my education at the United States and I really wanted to give her a moment of pride and happiness by having her there when they call my name. I made an appointment for her in the U.S. Consulate General Dubai for April 18th and I was hopeful that she will get the visa. After a couple of days the consulate staffs without any confirmation with us changed her appointment date to August 13th which was 2 months after my graduation date. Long story short, I spent a stressful week checking the appointment website literally every 5 minutes to find an open spot prior to my graduation date and finally succeeded to change her appointment date to April 17th.
On April 17th 2017, she was interviewed at the consulate and after proving that she does not have any intention to stay in the U.S. longer than she supposed, they gave her a yellow paper meaning that she needs to pass a background check and then the visa will be issued. The officer assured her that this will not take longer than 40 days and she will definitely be able to attend my graduation ceremony.
Now that I am writing to you on August 27, her visa status is still on Administrative Processing. They didn’t issue her visa, so she couldn’t come to my commencement ceremony. I was the only international student in my department who doesn’t have her family with her and that certainly happened because of my nationality.