Lowcountry Man’s Girlfriend Denied Entry into U.S.

February 16, 2017, 10:16 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (ALEX HEATON, WTAT-TV) — A Lowcountry man says the government is writing his love story, and this latest chapter is a tough read.

He says they are not allowing his new girlfriend into the country on a tourist visa.

“Not only did they not look st any of her documents, they had already printed out her denial letter.”

A days after Valentine’s Day and still no valentine for Jonny McCoy.

“We were there for a week or so and I met her on her birthday at a samba lesson type thing. It was a low key night on the streets of Rio de Janiero,” he said.

A vacation to South America quickly turned into a fairytale for this Lowcountry lawyer. He says it was love at first sight when he met Patricia Felix from central Brazil.

Now he wants what any other couple wants — her to meet his family.

“I wanted to bring her here to show her everything about me — my house, my dog, the river,” McCoy said.

But the U.S. Embassy in Brazil denied her tourist visa even after he sent a sponsorship letter and sworn affidavit of when she would return to Brazil. He says they told her she would try to stay in America illegally.

He believes it highlights a major problem with the U.S. immigration system.

“At the outset, you’re almost encouraged to embellish or exaggerate on your application and what we did was blunt brutal honesty,” he said.

He still has one option left but he says it is the government forcing his hand.

“The good news is I am left with one alternative and that is the fiancé visa, but the bad news is that it limits my ability to write my own love story with my hands. The government is telling me how I have to do it,” McCoy said.

McCoy’s experience is not a result of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. McCoy says he’s talked with a few Congressmen about the issue.

He says they tell him they know the tourist visa system is flawed but it will take years to fix.