On 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days, fans learned that Jon Walters had a history of violence. Rachel Bear married him anyway. Now his green card might be at risk over his anger issues.
Jon and Rachel aren’t eligible for the K-1 90 day fiance process because they are now married. Now they have to get a CR1 spouse visa (in other words, a green card). But will Jon’s aggressive social media attacks on fans of the TLC show cost him his shot to get into the US? Here’s what we found out.
On 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days: Jon Walters Needs Green Card, Not a K-1 Visa
When Rachel Bear and Jon Walters dated and were engaged, it was a K-1 visa situation. That’s the 90 day fiance document that the TLC show is based on. Now that Rachel and Jon got married, it’s a different story. The pair got married in the UK, as we saw on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days. Then on June 5, 2018, Rachel Bear registered their marriage in the state of New Mexico.
With them married, that changed things. He was no longer eligible for a K-1. Then again, Jon was also turned down for a visitor visa to attend the birth of baby Lucy Bear. It seems given his violent criminal record, that he would struggle to get into America at all. With them married, Rachel and Jon might be hoping that it would be easier for him to get a CR1 visa/green card, but his behavior online may be an obstacle.
Prior Visa Denial a Red Flag for Rachel Bear and Husband
Another UK citizen who went through the US spousal green card process shared on Reddit their doubts about Jon Walters being approved to immigrate. This person shared on Reddit about their own green card journey and why they think he might not stand a chance given his criminal past and ongoing aggro behavior on Instagram.
Reddit user, Roisu17, said “as a Brit who’s gone through” the process herself, she “can’t actually understand how” Jon and Rachel will succeed. Here’s why. She said the first red flag was Jon’s denial of an ESTA visa. That’s the one where you go to the airport to go to the US from the UK and they scan your passport, you pay a small fee, and they check you out then send you on your way.
This is reportedly a relatively low-scrutiny visa to obtain since it’s just for a short visit. Roisu17 said, “If he can’t even get an ESTA because of his background, then how can he think he’ll be allowed to live here?”
90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days – Money Matters
Another concern is the ability to support Jon. For him to get his green card, Rachel Bear has to show she has the ability to support him. People with substantial assets can put down an investment bond to get past this step, but given Jon’s college debt and low earnings as a sanitation worker, it doesn’t seem likely. Plus, on 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days he quit that job.
An inside source from TLC told Soap Dirt that Jon and Rachel Bear were trying to get TLC to foot the bill for a $50k bond. Rachel mentioned on social media that they need $50,000 to get him here which is way above the cost of the Visa. However, it is enough for an investment bond to skip over the pesky income requirement.
As Rachel’s family couldn’t afford to fly to the US for the wedding, she may not have someone in her inner circle that can afford to vouch for Jon to come to the US. You might remember on 90 Day Fiance with David Toborowsky and Annie Suwan that his wealthy buddy signed for responsibility for Annie. That’s because David couldn’t support her. Rachel is probably dealing with the same obstacle.
Intense Police Scrutiny on Jon Walters
But the 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days pair could face even more difficulty getting him a green card. Redditor Roisu17 said she had to go to London to apply for a police check as part of the ordeal. She wrote, “This isn’t a normal police check that can be done anywhere” and said it was a “full rinse” of any and all criminal activity and incidences.
She said given the scrutiny she experienced, she’d expect Jon Walters record would make “an immigration officer raise an eyebrow”. Jon made it sound like his legal troubles are from years ago when he was a young man. He’s in his 30s now and a Weston Super Mare criminal report from 2014 shows another fight and another fine. See the details above.
Jon paid 400 pounds ($520 US) for an assault charge and had to pay another 100 pounds ($130) compensation plus court costs and a surcharge to the victim of the assault. This was reported by The Weston Mercury news agency. That’s just four years ago! Jon described a college incident. Charges from a decade ago are one thing. Charges from a few years back will, no doubt, matter to a US immigration case.
Online Antics Scrutinized by US Immigration
The Redditor said, “I’m sure Rachel will think I’m bullying her and being unfair”. She added, “But as someone who’s been through the process, I can’t see this working out”. Rachel and Jon slapped back at critics on IG, sometimes nastily. Jon Walters seems to like to rage online and call his doubters “c*nts” quite frequently. See the slideshow above for some examples of the 90 Day Fiance alum’s antics.
It’s his right to clap back how he wants. But another Reddit said internet behavior can sway immigration against you. RoseKat7 said she works “tangentially with immigration services and lawyers”. Then she said “they do use your social media when they want/need to” then added, “he has no chance”. 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days showed Jon Walters’ terrible temper often.
Redditor FrankRizzo890 said his wife came to America on a green card too. He said, “when my wife went to her consulate interview, they had printouts of her Facebook page”. Frank said they asked her questions about online posts. Given Jon’s volatile social media outbursts, if the consulate tracks his online antics it might ruin his chances.
It remains to be seen what will happen with the 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days couple. Will they let fans set them up a Go Fund Me again, and come back on TLC for more 90 Day Fiance antics?
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