Even though your initial visa petition may have been approved, errors made throughout the application process can give the U.S. Consulate reason to deny your visa. Each visa application is carefully reviewed, so it’s essential to understand what can cause your visa to be denied. Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
While the first step is to complete all petition forms, you will also be required to submit supporting documentation with your visa application such as proof of income and marital status. It’s imperative to be extremely diligent in ensuring all information is correct and submitted with the proper documents as it can cause a delay in your case or a denial.
Failure to Apply for the Proper Type of Visa
Since there are 185 different types of visas, it’s vital to know which visa fits your travel plans. There are two categories of U.S. visas, and knowing the difference between the various immigration and non-immigration visas will help you make your decision easier.
Immigrant visas are issued to individuals who were born outside of the United States who wish to move to the U.S. permanently. Also known as green card holders, persons who are approved for an immigrant visa are permitted to work and live in the U.S. and the right to file for citizenship later.
Nonimmigrant visas are issued to individuals who are traveling to the U.S. temporarily. Nonimmigrant visas have an expiration date. If you’ve been granted a nonimmigrant visa, you must return to your country of origin before your visa expires.
Not Communicating Effectively with Interviewer
Effectively communicating with the consular officer during the interview process is extremely important. If you need your interpreter to repeat or explain any questions, take your time in doing so to avoid any misunderstandings. Having an immigration attorney present at your interview can help increase your chances of having your visa approved.
Providing False or Incorrect Information on Visa Application
Misrepresenting or providing false information is a surefire way to get a visa denial. Be sure to include the following information accurately on your visa application:
- Legal name or any aliases
- Date of birth
- Financial information
- Information about marriages and other family members
Failing to Enlist the Help of an Immigration Attorney
Having an immigration attorney on your side can make all the difference in getting approval for your visa application. Attempting to go through the visa process on your own can be detrimental to your case and leave room for too many errors.
If you or a loved one needs assistance with appealing a denied visa, we can help. Contact Yekrangi & Associates today at (949) 478-4963 to learn more about how our experienced immigration attorneys can guide you through every step of the way and ease any concerns you may have.