Applying for a United States visa is a long and complex process. Not to mention that you’re put on a waiting list and may spend more than 10 years praying for approval. Unfortunately, after all that time, you may be frustrated to learn that your application for a U.S. visa was rejected. Here are 7 of the most common reasons why.
Did you calculate how expensive the trip will be? You need to prove that you have enough funds to cover the trip. This means gathering the costs of the following:
- Ticket price
- Living accommodations
- Local transportation means
- Any sightseeing destinations
- Entry fees
- Shopping prices
Any and all expenses you expect to make during your journey to America must be calculated. However, FD, PPF, shares and mutual funds cannot be used during your journey – your cash or liquid balance is what matters most.
- Bad Communication
Through no fault of your own, the interviewer may have misunderstood you. There is a tremendous amount of language barriers that divide people, including accents, local dialects (and even lingo). Whether you misunderstand the interviewer or vice versa, if there is any confusion whatsoever – ask for an interpreter or for the interviewer to repeat/rephrase questions. This is no time for you to “think” you understand what is being asked.
You must provide documents of your main source of income from your profession. Whether this income source comes from your salary, business, investment interests, pensions, etc. does not matter. What matters is that you provide consulates with factual evidence of how you are surviving in your home country.
Nobody in the world likes someone who’s arrogant or full of themselves. Consulates and interviewers are the same. If you show them respect during the interview (even if they offend you or make you uncomfortable and nervous), this will go a long way towards presenting yourself as a good human. Appearance is everything.
If you have a criminal record, lying about your criminal record may hurt you more than not. Consulates have the power to acquire and verify your criminal record – regardless of what you say or not. Being caught lying about your criminal past is the quickest way of being denied a visa.
- Wrong Visa
Sadly, each visa and category (such as the EB-5 visa for entrepreneurs) has different requirements (like the visa for alien relatives) and eligibility criteria. This is why it is important to quadruple-check that you’re applying for the proper visa: as your livelihood and ability to move to America hangs in the balance. If you fit the requirements for a certain visa, you may not fit the criteria for a different visa – only because each visa has its own separate requirements.
- Fake Documents
The quickest way to be denied a visa is to forge your documents. Handing in fraudulent documents and reports is illegal and will definitely hurt you. Not having documents that consulates require would mean you must declare that you don’t have these documents unless they are mandatory.
Applying for a U.S. visa is never as straight-forward as people make it seem. Whether you’re approved or denied, there is no doubt that the application process alone is frustrating and nerve-shaking. This is why it is important never to give up: if it is your dream to be a permanent resident of the United States, do not let your one rejection prevent you.