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Top 7 Reasons a Visitor Visa is Denied

Updated: Nov 30, 2023


In order to enter the United States legally for an extended period of time, it is necessary to obtain a visitor visa. It is necessary to comply with all the requirements and try to avoid the common mistakes that lead to a denial.


Top 7 Reasons a Visitor Visa is Denied:


1. Financial evidence: not correctly demonstrating that the applicant or the sponsor of the visit in the United States can pay for the trip. No own assets at home.


2. Ineffective communication: responding with information that is not what the officer requested; bad attitude or frustration with the consular officer's questions; language barrier or lack of understanding


3. Not enough ties to convince the officer that you will return to your home country after your stay as a visitor


4. Past violations, whether past criminal or immigration violations


5. Indefinite plan for what you will do with your time in the US. As a visitor, you need a well thought out reason why you wish to travel to this country.


6. Lying or giving misleading information on the application form and/or failure to fill out form fields in English (with exceptions).


7. Failing to answer correctly if you have relatives who reside in the United States, or immigration petitions you may have pending.



There are other situations that cause denials, but the easiest ways to prevent denials are to prepare well ahead of time, make sure you listen carefully to the officer’s requests, and always maintain a polite demeanor. Making the process quick and easy for the officer truly goes a long way. Call an attorney to help you prepare your filing and documentation for your consular interview.


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