Applying for a visa to come to the United States can be complex. You are asked to provide detailed information and documentation, as well as attend an interview.
After making it through this lengthy and stressful process, you may be surprised and discouraged to find that your visa was denied. However, don’t give up on your hopes and dreams of coming to the United States.
There are various reasons that your visa may have been denied. When you receive your notification of your visa denial, the specific section of the law that applies to your case and the reason for the denial should be listed in your notification.
Incomplete information or documentation
Some of the reasons for the denial may be minor things that you can fix, while some might be permanent. For example, a visa can be denied simply because you did not submit one piece of required documentation or did not fill out one section of the visa application.
In a case like this, you will be given an opportunity to submit the information or documentation and your application will likely then be approved.
Applying for the wrong type of visa
Your visa application could also be denied because you were not eligible for the category you applied under. Therefore, it is important to understand how immigration laws apply to your situation before beginning your visa application.
Criminal convictions or fraud
Other reasons could be more serious. A prior criminal conviction involving drugs or immoral behavior, an allegation of fraud or overstaying a prior visa could result in a denial.
You can fight these types of denials by applying for a waiver of inadmissibility or trying to reapply again in the future. You will need to submit an entirely new visa application and pay another application fee.
Working with an immigration attorney through your visa application process is a good idea. An attorney can answer any questions you have and advise you on your chances of approval.