Application Refused Under INA 221(g)

U.S. law generally requires anyone wanting to visit, work, or study in the U.S. to get a visa. This involves an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, where your application will be reviewed and either approved or denied based on specific rules.

Getting Approved:

Most applications are approved! But there are reasons why yours might not be. Here are the main ones:

  • Missing information: The officer needs all your documents to decide if you qualify.
  • Wrong visa category: You applied for the wrong type of visa for your visit.
  • Inadmissibility: Something in your background, like drug use or a crime, might make you ineligible.

Denied? Here’s what happens:

You’ll usually be told which law applies to your case and whether you can try to get a waiver. This is like asking for permission to come despite the reason for denial.

Common reasons for ineligibility:

  • Incomplete application: Missing documents or info.
  • Not qualifying for the visa: You don’t meet the requirements for your chosen visa category.
  • Public charge: The officer thinks you might become a burden on the U.S. government.
  • Fraud or lies: You gave false information on your application.
  • Overstayed in the U.S. before: You stayed longer than allowed on a previous visit.

More questions? We’ve got answers:

  • How do I qualify for a visa? Check the specific requirements for the visa you want.
  • What does being ineligible mean? You can’t get the visa you applied for.
  • Can I get my money back if denied? No, the application fee is non-refundable.
  • Can I reapply? Yes, but you might need to address the reason for denial.
  • Can someone else ask about my application? Only if you give them written permission.
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