U.S. law generally requires anyone wanting to visit, work, or study in the U.S. to get a visa. This involves an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, where your application will be reviewed and either approved or denied based on specific rules.
Most applications are approved! But there are reasons why yours might not be. Here are the main ones:
- Missing information: The officer needs all your documents to decide if you qualify.
- Wrong visa category: You applied for the wrong type of visa for your visit.
- Inadmissibility: Something in your background, like drug use or a crime, might make you ineligible.
Denied? Here’s what happens:
You’ll usually be told which law applies to your case and whether you can try to get a waiver. This is like asking for permission to come despite the reason for denial.
Common reasons for ineligibility:
- Incomplete application: Missing documents or info.
- Not qualifying for the visa: You don’t meet the requirements for your chosen visa category.
- Public charge: The officer thinks you might become a burden on the U.S. government.
- Fraud or lies: You gave false information on your application.
- Overstayed in the U.S. before: You stayed longer than allowed on a previous visit.
More questions? We’ve got answers:
- How do I qualify for a visa? Check the specific requirements for the visa you want.
- What does being ineligible mean? You can’t get the visa you applied for.
- Can I get my money back if denied? No, the application fee is non-refundable.
- Can I reapply? Yes, but you might need to address the reason for denial.
- Can someone else ask about my application? Only if you give them written permission.