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Dear Editor:
Referring to the article by Mr. Marc Ellis, something has to be done about the consulates. They have probably gotten by because they are "out of sight..." and most of their activities go unnoticed. Most people don't know how to appeal their decisions. Granted, there are some good consulate employees. (I worked at the Honduras embassy for a few months). We recently had a case in Shenyang China where the applicant was requesting a B1 visa. He has extensive business properties in China. He sent a container with some of his product for a scheduled meeting in the States. He was coming with an interpreter and has a US sponsor. We sent cables, memo's, emails, to the embassy in advance of his appointment explaining his situation (they responded once) when he showed up for the interview, they interviewed both separately. They asked him 2 questions, then the interviewer remarked "how can you do business in the US if you don't know how to speak English?" and with that, he was summarily denied. They tell me that the total interview took about 5 minutes. They were not given a chance to explain their case. Unbelievable. In another recent case, the DHS approved a P-3 visa for 1 year when the applicant showed up for interview, they told him that his visa was only approved for 6 months. When he complained, they told him that they don't operate under the same rules as DHS.

Ben Garcia