One of the top reasons that your visa may be denied is that you are ineligible to apply for the visa that you’ve selected. However, even if you meet the eligibility criteria to apply for a visa, there are other reasons why your visa could get declined. To discover some of the most common reasons why your visa could get denied, simply continue reading.
You Failed To Fill Out Your Application Properly
Before submitting your application, double-check that you have filled out every question on your application form to the best of your ability. As if there are blank sections, your visa will get declined or if you’re fortunate, you’ll be given a chance to fill out the sections that you previously missed. Just keep in mind that even if you are given a chance to resubmit your application, it will take far longer for your visa to be approved and issued.
You Have Misrepresented Yourself On Your Application
Never lie on an application form to the USCIS as if any of the information which you have provided is false, if you are found out, your visa will be instantly declined. Worse yet, if you are caught lying on your application you could be prosecuted for attempted fraud. Especially if you have attended your biometric screening appointment and have provided your digital signature to confirm that everything that was written on your visa application was true at the time that you submitted your petition.
You Applied For The Wrong Visa For Your Specific Circumstances
You need to be careful when you apply for a visa that you’re applying for the right visa for your circumstances. For example, if you are looking to study in the United States as a high school student or college student, you may have your visa denied if you apply for an M1 student visa, instead of an F1 student visa. As another example, if you want to join your spouse in the United States, make sure that you apply for a marriage visa instead of a fiance visa. As there are multiple different family-sponsored visas, work visas, and student visas, it’s well worth ensuring that you apply for the specific visa which you’re eligible for.
You Failed To Provide Supplementary Evidence
If you apply for certain visas, you’ll be expected to provide supplementary evidence which will support your petition. For example, if you are looking to live and study in the United States on a student visa, you’ll need to provide evidence that you’ve been accepted by a US-based educational facility. Such as a high school, college, or English school. Alternatively, if you apply for a K1 fiance visa, you’ll need to upload letters of reference and photos that prove that you’re in a legitimate relationship. While if you are already married to a US citizen and apply for residency, you’ll need to upload a copy of your valid marriage license.
You Previously Have Been Convicted Of A Serious Crime
If you have been convicted of immoral crimes such as drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, or fraud, it’s highly likely that your visa petition will be quickly denied. Regardless of whether you wish to visit the United States for a vacation or are looking to acquire a green card. There’s also a high chance of your visa being denied if you have two or more criminal convictions against your name and have been imprisoned or made to serve home detention for a period of 5 years or more.
You Have Resided In The United States Illegally In The Past
If in the past you overstayed a visa, such as a tourist visa in order to illegally remain in the United States, you may be barred from entering the country again and will almost certainly have a residency petition declined.
You Failed To Convince Your Interviewer That Your Reasons Are Legitimate
If the USCIS processes your petition successfully, your application will then be forwarded to your nearest US consulate or embassy. If the staff at your consulate or embassy see no issues with your application, they will contact you to schedule an in-person meeting. During this meeting, you must convince your assessor that your reasons for seeking a visa are legitimate.
For example, if you wish to temporarily reside in the United States for a temporary job position, you must prove that you plan to leave the United States before your visa expires. In much the same way, if you plan to study in the United States for a fixed period of time, you must also convince your interviewer that you don’t have plans to reside in the United States on a permanent basis.
You can also increase your chances of having your visa approved by not overthinking your answers and coming across as too rehearsed. Instead, answer each question honestly but try to keep your answers concise and on point. As if you over-elaborate on your answers to simple questions, your interviewer may see red flags and may believe that you have something to hide and are not being honest with them. Do, however, elaborate on your answers if your interviewer asks for more details.
Your Sponsor Can Not Prove That They Can Financially Support You
If you plan to enter the United States on a family-sponsored visa such as a marriage visa or a fiance visa, your partner may need to prove that they can financially support you in the United States. If they can’t prove that they have the income to support your life in the United States, your visa could be denied. In much the same way, if you pursue an employer-sponsored visa and your employee can’t prove that they can pay your wages, your work visa may also be denied.
If you are concerned about the possibility of having your visa application denied when you are determined to live, study or work in the United States, it’s a smart idea to seek legal advice from an attorney and to use the knowledge which you gained above, in order to increase your chances of having your chosen visa granted.