What is the best way to obtain a tourist visa for a non-US child whose custody was awarded to a non-US citizen with premission to travel to the US?

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What is the best way to obtain a tourist visa for a non-US child whose custody was awarded to a non-US citizen with premission to travel to the US?

The father and the child are from Israel. He has won full custody in the Israeli courts and has since moved with the child to Canada for work. The father has a regular tourist visa and is able to travel in and out of the US. What is the best way to obtain a US visa for the child? The mother refused to cooperate and sign the permission to let the child travel to the US. The child is only permitted to travel to Canada. She has no contact with the child.

Asked on April 17, 2013 under Immigration Law, Texas

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SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the mother has no legal custody of the child, I'm not sure that she needs to sign anything to allow the child to apply for a tourist visa to the US.  If no such permission is required of the mother, the child just needs to apply for the visa at the US Embassy/Consulate the same way that the father has done in the past.


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