“My husband is in the Dominican Republic. He would like a vaccine waiver. Does RapidVisa assist in that process?”
The short answer is no. The longer answer is, if you use one, you can still do the process with us and we can submit your waiver along with the petition. It’s no problem at all. However, we see people now and then go down that path. Most people abandon that path because anytime you do any kind of waiver, the timeline, complexity and cost goes up.
If you’re on the fence, I would get the vaccines. If you have some strongly held beliefs against it, understand, your petition is going to take longer, you’re going to spend hundreds of dollars asking for the waiver, which might still be denied. Because we don’t deal in the waivers, I really don’t know what the approval rate is. It is likely to delay your petition.
The USCIS and the State Department are processing millions of applicants per year. Any time you’re dealing with a high volume of anything, you get to the point where you look for anomalies. Most of them are probably okay, and if you’re the guy or lady at the desk and you’re going through dozens of these a day, in a pattern where you know what you’re looking for, and the things that looked right and correct and normal tend to float quickly across your desk and the things that stand out get pulled out and get a little more scrutiny. When you start asking for waivers, which is certainly your right, understand that you now have put your petition in a different category. If your case is not in the 90th percentile like most other cases going through, you’re going to get more scrutiny. As they say, “the nail that sticks out gets hammered down”.
It goes back to your convictions on this topic. If you have very strong beliefs, then by all means, stick to your beliefs or your concerns or whatever they are. But, if you have any flexibility, I’d get the vaccines. It’s going to go quicker and possibly save your petition even more scrutiny.