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How do you handle a visa denial?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2021 | Family Immigration |

When you apply for a visa, the process often feels like a long slog. However, at the end of it all, you believe you will get the ultimate reward: your visa, which will allow you to stay in the country legally.

But what happens if, at the end of the application process, you face a denial instead? Are there any options left for you?

Reasons for denial

The U.S. Department of State takes a look at the scenario in which an applicant for a visa gets a denial. First, it is important to understand why the denial occurred. A consular officer can deny a visa for many reasons, but the most common include:

  • The applicant forgot to specify which visa category they wished to apply for
  • The applicant forgetting to include required supporting documents or not fully complete the application
  • The applicant has two or more criminal convictions, a drug violation, or a crime of moral turpitude

What to do next

Once denied, you can still apply for a visa again in the future. However, you will have to start from scratch. This includes all fines and fees associated with filing for your visa, as well as submitting an entirely new application. If you accidentally left out information or documents the first time, be sure to include all necessary components this time.

In some cases, such as with denials under section 214(b) of INA, you may need to present evidence of changes to your circumstances that should then influence a change in a consular officer’s decision. It is important to understand all necessary components for a re-application before setting about it.