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10 reasons for refusing a US visa: what to do next

It also happens that the American visa is denied. Statistics of the past, 2016 of the year, says that citizens of Ukraine are denied 40% of cases, citizens of Russia - in 9% of cases. But let's "look at the glass" as optimists and think about the huge number of people who were still given a visa. I prepared this article to ensure that as few people as possible get into the statistics of failures and receive a visa for traveling! A traveler, a journalist, the author of a project about New York and the United States suggests getting acquainted with the reasons for refusing a US visa in order to avoid mistakes when submitting documents. "Columbus Chocolate."

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You are confused and incorrectly filled in the form

One of the most annoying mistakes is the wrong answer to a small question. For example, in the questionnaire there is a question about your address and about your postal address. Very many questions about the address are perceived as a question of a residence permit and indicate a small city somewhere in the Dnipropetrovsk region. At the same time, the Kiev address is written in the postal address, in the column the work indicates the company with the Kiev address. What happens in the end?

From your profile you can see that you live in the Dnipropetrovsk region, but you work in Kiev and every day you go 500 km in one direction only. True, it sounds implausible? So the officer perceives this as not true information ...

You were nervous at the interview and could not connect two words

An interview is a presentation of yourself. In the questionnaire you tell who you are, provide the data. At the interview, you show yourself and show your compliance with the data from the questionnaire. Nerves and uncertain behavior at the interview always pushes the consuls to doubt. For example, when answering a question about work, you hide or avert your eyes, you cannot clearly name the company and list your duties.

For a consul, this may mean that you did not provide accurate information. After all, how so? You do not remember where you work and what do you do?

You are driving by dubious invitation

Not rarely I see on the Internet ads for invitations to a particular country. Please do not buy them under any circumstances! You know nothing about the person who makes the invitation for you. First, it could be the person who made the invitations to 1000 people and his name is on the black list. Secondly, it may be a person who is absolutely not suitable for the role of a person who invites someone else - he has a criminal record or any violations.

If you represent him as your friend or partner, then you do not create the best impression about yourself. And finally, in the third, the invitation can not be attributed to a significant advantage when submitting documents. That is, it does not play a major role when the consul decides to give you a visa or not.

Do you have relatives who previously immigrated to the US

The presence of close relatives in the United States, unfortunately, adversely affects the decision of the consul to issue a visa. Why is that? After all, it would seem the presence of relatives on the contrary plus. They will be able to accommodate you in their home, drive around the country, help in various matters regarding travel. And all this is true, only for the US consulate it also speaks of something else - in the USA you have close people who, if something happens, will be able to help you with immigration, provide housing for the first time, help with finances, job search, search lawyer, etc.

Another point is how exactly your relative was legalized in the country. It’s one thing if he won a green card or got married / married, and it’s quite another thing if your relative went to the United States on a tourist visa, stayed there, and then obtained citizenship through a lawyer. In this case, the consul thinks that there are no guarantees that you will not do the same and you are denied a visa.

I'm not saying that having relatives means 100% visa denial. However, if you have relatives in the United States, then prepare well for the interview, collect as many documents as possible to prove your connection to the motherland!

Few trips abroad

Attention! This clause does not mean that applicants with blank passports are not given a visa. I personally know a few examples when people got a visa with a clean passport. But! The presence of visas and stamps in the passport will never be over. It is also worth distinguishing two points here - a clean passport, because you never went anywhere or a clean passport, because the previous one just ended, but it had a lot of visas and a lot of trips.

If the passport is clean and you have never traveled abroad at all, then it may seem strange to the consul that America was the first country you chose to travel. Although for good, there is nothing strange here. Well, if you don’t want to go to Europe and Turkey, you decided that instead of having a rest in these countries, you would better collect money and go to the USA.

Therefore, I summarize. Applicants with clean passports are given visas, but it is much better if you have at least a few visas in your passport, which means you have already gone somewhere to rest. If you feel uncomfortable with an empty passport, worry, then it is better not to go for an interview. And if you can really explain why you chose the United States for your first trip, you feel confident, not afraid of failure, then all the cards are in your hands!

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“Bad” data

I thought for a long time how to call this item, in the end I leave the working title. What is bad data? This is data that suggests that you are not able to make a trip to the United States. For example, your salary is 100 dollars per month and this is the real salary you receive. Of course, you may have saved up for several years on this trip.

Then put money on the card, take a certificate from the bank and show it to the consul, tell us how long you collected money. Or indicate that your spouse or one of your parents who has a job with a good salary pays for the trip.

You recently returned from Work & travel

Work & travel is a program for students, by participating in which a person gets the opportunity to officially work in the US for some simple work (cashier, waiter, etc.) for several months, get paid for it, and upon completion of work travel around the country around 10-14 days

And everything would be great, only after a visa for the Work & travel program it is not always easy to get a tourist visa. Why is that? We understand how approximately the consul sees the situation. So, in front of him is the applicant, who literally returned a couple of months ago from the USA, where he stayed on the Work & travel program. This is a man who worked in the USA, managed to make friends in a few months, and maybe even a love affair, a person who knows how to get a job in the USA, how to find housing, etc., is applied for a visa again ... is it strange? Yes I know. There is nothing strange in this, well, I want a person to look more at the country that he has become fond of during the months of work, what is this? However, for the consul this situation looks different, just like the situation with relatives.

The consul thinks: “Yeah, he wants to stay there, he knows a lot about how to live in our country and make money. He is a potential immigrant. ” And the visa is denied.

I will add that this item, like all previous ones, is not the rule. Everywhere there are exceptions and simply miracles. However, if we talk about trends, then, unfortunately, this item has a place to be ... If you apply for a visa immediately after returning through Work & travel, then prepare enough evidence that you are really going to go to rest, you have money for it and so on. .

You recently had a rejection and nothing has changed in your life.

To apply for a visa a week after the refusal is a big mistake. However, there are exceptions everywhere. At one of my speeches in Kiev, I met a guy who shared with me that he went to the American embassy twice in one week. The first time he was refused, the second time, that is, a couple of days after the refusal and with the same data in the questionnaire, he was given a visa.

Suspicion of fraud

This item will be very similar to the item about the dubious invitation. What is meant here? For example, you open a visa and indicate that the purpose of your visit is an operation on a little finger. You do not have a medical certificate; not one hospital in the USA knows about you. Or another example. You are applying for a visa to study the US light industry market. But you work as a teacher at school and have no relation to light industry, you do not have a plan for visiting certain enterprises.

Non-compliance of data in the questionnaire with your answers

One of the most stupid mistakes, which can often be attributed not even to an error, but to the difficulties of translation. For example, you work as a director of one of the stores of the “Solnyshko” chain. Legally, your company is framed on SPD Ivanov I.I. You indicate SPD in the questionnaire, and during the interview, you begin to explain the question of work that you work in SPD, but this is legally, and if not legally, then “Solnyshko” and so on.

Or another example. When asked about your salary, you wrote your official salary, which is equal to 100 dollars. At the interview, you begin to explain that 100 dollars is only an official bid. And you also have an unofficial one, and also a bonus for fulfilling the plan per month, and another quarterly bonus, in general, your total RFP is not 100, but 1000 dollars. The visa officer will not understand how the ZP is paid in Ukraine and your company. He will simply perceive this as providing incorrect information.

Or worse. You have indicated that the purpose of the trip is tourism, and during the interview you say that you are going to the conference. You indicated that you were going to New York for a week, and at the interview you said that you were going to San Francisco for 3 months and so on ...

Each case of applying for a visa is individual. Everywhere there are exceptions, just as everywhere there are already certain established opinions, recommendations, and peculiarities. And let every application for a visa in the US ends only with a positive response!

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What to do after failure

  • Dont be upset

This item may seem to you very unfair, because there is nothing joyful in the fact that you paid 160 $ for the consular fee, but did not receive a visa. But try to treat this philosophically, think that you paid this money to prevent any bigger unpleasant situation with you!

  • Don't get excited

After receiving the refusal, it seemed to very many people that they understood why the officer refused them, what question they blunted in, and almost the next day they want to pay the money again, fill out a questionnaire and go to the embassy! Stop! Even if you really want to go on a trip to the USA, you will still have to suffer a little.

Why? Because if you come to the embassy in a couple of days, you will only cause even more suspicion of the visa officer. He will think: "This man is so torn in the United States, apparently something is wrong here!"

An exception can only be the case if you applied for the B1 / B2 tourist visa because, for example, you need to speak at a conference (the B1 / B2 visa is suitable for both tourism and business travel, that is, business trips. Not to be confused with a work visa!) and your performance at work or even your further work in the company depends on this performance. Then yes, you can go to the embassy and explain from the very first seconds of the interview: “I visited 3 a day ago and came again, because this trip is very important for my work! I have to speak at this conference and present a project that I personally implemented! I have an invitation and all the official documents on the purpose of my visit! ”And so on.

  • Save all information

This item is very important so that, in case of refusal, you get a visa on your second trip to the embassy. What is meant here? Let's analyze this example!

Filling out the form you need to specify all your work for the last 5 years - the month and year of starting work in a particular company and the month and year of ending work in the company itself. Not all people have a super-memory for dates, not all work on a labor book to check this information. And if you don’t remember, you organized the “Pink Elephant” PE in March or April 2011, you choose any month, for example, March and enter it into the questionnaire. At the interview you get a refusal, and six months later, fill out the application form for a visa to the United States. Again you need to answer the question about starting work in the state of emergency "Pink Elephant" and you again do not remember in March did you go there to work or in April? And you do not remember which month you indicated in the questionnaire six months ago and set April. Only if you don’t remember what you indicated last time, it’s all fixed in the US embassy and specifying other information when you re-submit (another date of birth of your mother, another place of work in 2014, etc.) will this be considered as giving incorrect information and you can again be denied a visa.

Therefore, if you took screenshots of your profile or simply saved it to a computer - well done! If not, immediately after the interview, until you forget what information you indicated, we make a summary in the phone or notepad and do not throw it away before the next interview!

  • Remember the interview

Remember and write down what questions the officer asked, what questions you thought most interested in him and which questions you could answer best. For example, an officer asked you about where you were going to the USA, you answered: “To New York” and didn’t add anything else. Of course, there is nothing shameful if you want to visit only New York in the whole country, but in that case you should clarify why you want to go to New York. For example: “I want to go to New York, because from childhood I dreamed of seeing the Statue of Liberty, climb the Empire State Building and walk along the Wall Str.” Next time you answer this question completely differently and who knows, maybe the answer is it will be decisive!

  • Change something in life

Of course, you can go for an interview by filling in the questionnaire exactly the same data as before and you are lucky. But it is better to show that something has changed in your life! The address of residence, salary level, place of work, number of countries visited and visas in your passport, your travel plans, etc., can change.

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