Law Office of Ronald A. Cabanayan
Law Office of
Ronald A. Cabanayan

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Not all requests for a U.S. visa are approved

Earlier this year, we published an article here on our blog about whether a mental illness may impact a person’s ability to secure a visa to come to the U.S. Now we’d like to discuss some of the more common reasons that may result in a visa request denial.

A request to come to the U.S. isn’t guaranteed. It is a privilege — not a right. You may find it helpful to learn more about the circumstances under which immigration officials may deny your request for a visa

Reasons for visa denials

The circumstances that may result in the denial of a visa request include:

  • Previous convictions for crimes of moral turpitude, such as drug or violent offenses
  • Lack of financial support here
  • Misrepresentations or fabrications in your visa application
  • Previously overstaying your visa
  • Failing to complete the entire application or provide supporting documentation
  • Applying for entry under the wrong visa category

Immigration officials generally provide you with a reason for your visa application’s denial. Some of these justifications are resolvable, whereas others permanently bar an applicant from admission to the U.S.

You may qualify for a refund for the application processing fee if immigration officials deny your request. You may have to pay the fee again if you reapply for a visa in the future. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) may allow certain applicants the ability to apply for a waiver if they’re initially found ineligible for a visa.

Applying and receiving a visa can be a complicated process. Sometimes a person may be eligible to be admitted into the U.S. However, they receive a denial because of how they filled out their application. An experienced immigration attorney can review your case and recommend what options you have available to help get your application approved.