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Reasons why U.S. immigration officials might deny your visa request

| Feb 18, 2021 | Uncategorized

You saved up for years to immigrate to the United States, but your visa request was denied. You thought you had everything in order, so you’re stunned. What happened?

There are several different reasons why you may receive a denial for a visa even though you seemingly meet all the requirements to qualify for one. Here are some of the most common:

Inadequate means for self-support

Visa applicants must generally prove that they can adequately support themselves to qualify for a visa to come to the U.S. One exception to this rule is if a U.S. citizen agrees to cover all your expenses during your stay. Immigration officials may deny your visa request if you can’t prove that you have the adequate means to take care of yourself while you’re here.

Making terroristic threats

Anyone who previously threatened to or carried out an act of terrorism toward the U.S. may not qualify for a visa. Someone with an affiliation with a terroristic organization may also be ineligible for a visa. Even things you have posted on social media may be taken out of context and used against you.

Criminal convictions

Anyone convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, such as fraud, rape, theft or murder, may find it challenging to secure a visa to travel to the U.S. 

Prior visa violations

Immigration officials take the expiration dates on visas seriously, and they expect you to do the same. They may deny you a new visa if they previously caught you overstaying an old one. They might do the same if they discovered that you worked while in the U.S. despite you not having secured a visa that permitted you to do so. 

Possible contagion

It’s not uncommon for immigration officials to deny entry to individuals suffering from potentially contagious diseases as well. 

What are your prospects for receiving a visa to come to the U.S.?

It can be difficult to know whether an immigration official will approve or deny their visa application. A knowledgeable family-based immigration attorney can help you understand how immigration has ruled in cases with similar circumstances, however. Your Norcross lawyer can use this insight to better prepare you for what to expect in your immigration case here in Georgia.