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Why might U.S. immigration officials deny your visa request?

| Jul 15, 2021 | Immigration |

Are you planning on applying for a visa? There’s no guarantee that immigration officials will approve your visa request just because you apply for one. In fact, there are several reasons why they may deny your request. 

Understanding more about what can cause your visa application to be rejected can help you better plan ahead to overcome potential problems. 

Common reasons immigration officials deny visa requests

One of the leading reasons why immigration officials deny a visa application is because the applicant either applies for the wrong kind of visa or doesn’t provide adequate supporting documentation that justifies their particular request. One common piece of information that’s often missing with a visa application is documentation showing proof of financial self-sufficiency. This assures the government that you won’t become a drain on the country’s social service system.

Other problems include:

  • A prior instance where you had a visa and overstayed its terms
  • Misinformation or unclear information on your application
  • A prior conviction for certain crimes of “moral turpitude,” such as prostitution or drug offenses

Ultimately, some of these issues may be easier to overcome than others — but knowing what to focus on as you move forward can make things easier. 

What to do if immigration officials deny your visa request

Immigration officials generally provide you with written documentation outlining the reasons for your visa denial. While some of the reasons they may deny it are easily resolvable, some others may permanently affect your ability to come to the U.S.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) may allow you to apply for an inadmissibility waiver. Please continue reviewing our website’s resources to see if this may be an option and learn about other potential solutions to your immigration problem.