Ten myths about the American visa that are not true
For many people, an American visa remains a dream, and therefore the process of obtaining it is overgrown with many myths and stereotypes. Here are a few of them that are not true.
- You need to enter the United States during the first 6 months after you receive your visa, otherwise it will become invalid
It is not true. Each visa has an expiration date, and it is valid until that date. The first trip on a visa can be made at any time in this interval. A visa can become invalid only if it is withdrawn or canceled by the US migration services.
- There is a limit on the number of visas issued each year.
For nonimmigrant tourist visas there is no such restriction. It is valid only for immigration visas.
- If all children are in the US, parents will not be given a visa.
This factor may influence the decision of the consulate, but it is not the only criteria for refusing a visa. If all conditions are met, you will receive a visa.
- If in the past you had a refusal, then a letter from the US Congressman or Senator
NOT. The United States has given responsibility for issuing or denying visas to consular offices in other countries. It is for them the last word in the decision. In addition, US law protects visa decision making from outside influence. An applicant can only affect the cancellation of a previous visa denial by providing new, conclusive evidence.
- If at least one of the children is a US citizen, parents will be denied a guest visa.
It is not true. If parents can prove that the purpose of their trip is to be temporarily with their children and not stay in the US forever, they will receive an American visa.
- If you ask for a visa for 6 months, you are less likely to get one.
The period for which the applicant asks for a visa must logically correspond to the purpose of the trip. If you work and you have a certificate that the workplace is kept for you for 2 months, and you ask for a visa for six months - it is clear that this will cause questions about how you are going to leave for such a long time.
- If in the past you were denied a visa, then the chances of getting a new one are very low.
There are many criteria for issuing visas, which depend on various factors, including past refusals. However, not all failures necessarily have a negative impact on your next attempt. If you fulfill all the conditions for obtaining a visa, then you will get it.
When you are refused a visa, consulate officers will give you a reason for the refusal. If you think that you have bypassed or eliminated these circumstances and now you meet the requirements, then the next time you will be given a visa.
- If you have already been abroad, you will be given a US visa.
Not true. To get a US visa, you must fulfill certain conditions. The fact that you have or have visas to other countries does not have a positive effect on your application at the American consulate.
- If you had US visas, next time you are guaranteed to get a US visa
Not necessarily, because the conditions and situations may vary. Every time you apply for a visa in the United States, you must meet the requirements. If you stayed there for too long, went to the criminal record register or violated other rules or laws, or you didn’t have enough money with you and so on, then this could negatively affect your next visa application.
- If you applied for a B1 / B2 visa extension, the next time your visa is canceled
Not certainly in that way. To get started, try not to linger in the US and leave when the time comes (the expiration date of the I-94 form). If you “relocate” the time allowed to you, you may have serious problems.
If you stayed in the USA for too long:
- This may have a negative effect on your next visa application.
- You may be asked more questions at the border crossing point at your next arrival. You can be banned from entering the US if you don’t like the border guard officer.
- You are required to retain all documents and copies of the extension, Form I-94, and so on, if you applied for renewal during your preliminary trip to the USA.
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