A visa denial, after months of preparation, would be extremely upsetting. You will have to cancel your plans, accept your losses and miss out on exciting new opportunities. However, in many cases, people receive a visa denial because of a mistake they made in the application process.
Here are some common reasons for a visa denial so you can learn from them.
1. Supplying incomplete or incorrect information
Every piece of information you provide must be accurate and consistent across all forms and documents. Even small errors, like misspelling your name or passport number, can result in delays or denial.
2. Lacking funds
The U.S. government expects travelers to have enough funds to support themselves abroad. If you are vacationing, showing you can afford tickets, boarding, food, and medical insurance may be enough. Similarly, if you are traveling for educational purposes, your show money should cover your tuition and other expenses.
3. Being unprepared
A denial under INA section 221(g) implies that critical information, usually in the form of supporting documents, is missing from the application. If you forget a key document, you may still be able to reapply. The embassy will advise you when you can resubmit. You may have to restart the entire process if you miss the deadline.
4. Having no strong ties to home country
For a nonimmigrant visa, you must convince the consular officer that you won’t immigrate to the U.S. Failure to do so may result in a visa denial under INA 214(b), which you cannot appeal. You will only be able to reapply after making significant changes to your life.
Below are some of the ways you can show that you will be returning to your home country:
- Permanent employment
- Owning properties such as a house or land in the home country
- Being married, engaged or in a relationship
- Having kids
5. Failing to meet the visa criteria
The eligibility criteria for each type of visa vary. Before submitting your application, double-check that you meet all the stated criteria and have proof that you meet these requirements.
Nothing would be more frustrating than having to start over because you wrote your name incorrectly or forgot to bring a certain document. Don’t rush through your application; review the requirements and your forms at least five times before submitting it.