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Why Is It So Difficult to Get a U.S. Visa?

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In 2017, more than 22.4 million people applied for a U.S. visa program, and only an average of 500,000 green cards or lawful permanent residence was issued. While many visa applications are approved, U.S. law sets out many standards under which a visa application may be denied. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain why it can be difficult to get a U.S. visa.

Ineligible Applicant

A U.S. Embassy or Consulate may deny a visa if they don’t have all the information required to determine if the applicant is eligible to receive a visa. Visa applicants can be complex, so it’s important for applicants to have an experienced attorney on their side to help them with the application process. They may also deny an applicant if they don’t qualify for the visa category they applied for, or if they have a criminal record.

Visa Misuse

The consulate may also make it difficult for people from certain countries to get a U.S. visa if they have trends of visa misuse. For example, some countries have high cases of entering the U.S. as a tourist or other nonimmigrants and then never returning to their country of origin. They also look at trends that include fraudulent activities. For example, past government reports found high levels of document fraud among Chinese applicants for L-1 visas and numerous instances of fake employers charging fees to help Indian applicants obtain H-1B visas. If the consulate notices a high level of visa misuse from a country, they can make it difficult for them to obtain a U.S. visa.

Experienced Orange County Immigration Attorney

If you’re experiencing difficulty obtaining a U.S. visa, our Orange County immigration lawyers are here to help you. Our compassionate immigration law firm treats every case as a priority and devotes the time necessary to resolve each case in a thorough, caring, and comprehensive manner. We guide our clients through the process of applying for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Our immigration firm is committed to providing strategic and dedicated advocacy for those who wish to live and work in the U.S.

Contact our Orange County immigration lawyers today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a virtual consultation!


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