While the majority of visa applications are approved, there are certain circumstances which can lead to refusal. In order to avoid going through a bad experience, it is better to learn the main reasons why a visa application is denied.
- Incomplete documentation
If the consular officer doesn’t have the necessary information in order to determine the eligibility to receive a visa, the application will be denied. Not providing all the required documentation or failing to complete the entire application is one of the most common mistakes that lead to visa denial.
- Criminal history
People who have been convicted for serious crimes, or have multiple convictions with jail time will most probably not receive a visa in the U.S. As for drug abusers or addicts, there is a 100% denial rate.
- Unlawfully presence after previous immigration violations
Immigrants who had been unlawfully present in the U.S. for a total period of more than 1 year, or who were removed or deported but then entered or tried to enter the U.S. illegally again will definitely have their visa application denied. The rejection rate in this type of cases is 100%.
- Ordered removed upon arrival
When a person is seeking admission at the airport or at the border, but because of certain ineligibilities is placed into removal proceedings and then ordered removed, they will be barred from being readmitted to the U.S. for 5 years. This means that any attempt to receive a visa during this time will be denied.
Two types of situation fall under this category. Firstly, the visa can be denied if the applicant is caught lying. U.S. immigration authorities have little tolerance for those who are not honest in their application. Secondly, the applicant fails to establish a case that their visit would be temporary or that they are not going to immigrate permanently to the U.S. when they are applying for a visitor visa.
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