When immigrants apply for visas, their applications are reviewed, and interviews with each applicant are conducted by a consular officer at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Subsequently, the visa is either approved or denied by the consular officer handling the case, and in the case of denials:
- The specific reason for the visa denial is provided, with the applicable section of U.S. immigration law cited.
- Applicants will be informed regarding whether they may apply for a waiver of their ineligibility.
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), some of the specific reasons that visas may be denied – i.e., some of the reasons for ineligibilities for visas – include (but are not limited to) the following:
- The visa application was not properly filled out, and/or the necessary supporting documentation was not provided (INA section 221(g)).
- The applicant did not sufficiently establish his eligibility for the specific visa for which he applied (INA section 214(b)).
- The applicant did not show sufficient proof of financial support in the U.S. (INA section 212(a)(4)).
- The applicant has lied or committed some type of fraud in an effort to obtain a visa (INA section 212(a)(6)(C)(i)).
- The applicant has a history of having stayed longer than he was authorized to in the U.S. (INA section 212(a)(9)(B)(i)).
- The applicant has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (INA section 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(I)) or has been convicted of a drug offense (INA section 212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II)).
- The applicant has been convicted of at least two offenses for which he served at least 5 years in jail or prison (INA section 212(a)(2)(B)).
While some of these ineligibilities may be overcome, others are permanent, meaning that, regardless of what an applicant does, he will never be eligible for the visa for which he is applying.
If you are applying for a visa and want to minimize your chances of denial, or if your visa application has been denied and you need help reapplying, an experienced immigration lawyer can be essential to helping you efficiently obtain the visa you need.
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