Dear Interviewer at the American Embassy,
This is Mina Mahrous, the Egyptian young guy whom you interviewed twice over the years. And refused twice.
The first time was back in 2008, with his sister, when you told them “you both are perfect candidates but not at the moment.” Though both were still students at the faculty of pharmacy; future doctors who wouldn’t just give away all of that to go wash dishes in your respected country. But you over looked this fact and declined the two young siblings that wanted to go and see your world, besides visiting their own uncle, who is by the way an American citizen who’s been living there for 20 years.
I’ll admit: I was unlucky!
Unlucky because this time, before going to the embassy, many of those who got accepted, and who didn’t, they all said that “the short bald guy with eye glasses, he always refuses young people!”
But it was out of my hands!
I don’t get to choose my interviewer! I get a number! A damned number that was sent to your window!
And is it my fault that I don’t lie? Many people advised me to wear a ring and say I’m engaged, but I thought that is pointless.
However, I showed you reason I would come back to my home country, I showed you work and insurance papers, I showed you bank accounts, I showed you that my family owns a business that I work in, and again, I wouldn’t just leave all that behind to go wash dishes in your respected country.
I also showed you my uncle’s passport, and now that my grandmother moved with him, I showed you her papers.
For this interview, I went with my mother. And you decided that it is fine to split the family.
You thought it is pretty cool to be like “I’m sorry but I will have to deny your visa, but for your mother it is fine.”
And when I asked you why? I showed you all the ties with my home country, you said that maybe if I was married or engaged my situation would have been better.
Dear Interviewer at the American Embassy who refused me for the second time,
I promise that the next time I apply for a visa to visit your respected country – if I ever do – I will lie to you as much as possible to show you how a real perfect candidate gets their visas.
Last but not least, thanks for proving again that the world is unfair, and that because I hold a passport different than yours, I cannot freely travel.
A guy with an Egyptian passport.