A variety of reasons contribute to denial of a visa, with approval or denial of a visa based in U.S. Immigration Law standards
An individual applying for a visa to enter the United States undergoes a rigorous process, outlined by standards set by U.S. Law. Part of the visa application process requires an interview with a consular officer at a U.S. Embassy or Consular Office.
Many visa applicants receive approval, although some receive a visa denial. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs explains that one reason an individual receives a visa denial is due to missing or incomplete information.
- Another reason for visa denial occurs when the applicant does not qualify under the specific category that the applicant applied
- Applicants sometimes receive visa denial if the applicant falls within a reason for ineligibility for admission into the U.S. Those reasons include history of criminal offenses, drug activities, crimes of “moral turpitude” or similar circumstances
- Individuals who do not demonstrate means of financial support in the U.S. or who commit fraud to attempt to receive a visa typically receive visa denial
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) outlines specific details of reasons for visa denial.
Not all denials are permanent. The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada explains that officials sometimes require more information before approval. In cases where additional information is needed, the letter contains details regarding specific information needed.
The interview with the Consular Officer sometimes results in need of further administrative processing. This alone does not deny the visa.Consular officers explain whether an applicant may apply for a waiver of their ineligibility.