Has your visa been rejected earlier?
Do you want to know the possible reasons and how to fix them?
In this article, I will explain four possible reasons for rejection and how you can avoid them.
1 – Incorrect DS160 or Incomplete documents
The first reason and most common reason for visa refusal is not filling the DS160 correctly and not carrying the relevant paperwork.
DS160 is the online nonimmigrant visa application form, which the visa officer will have in front of him/her during your US visa interview. So what you fill in the DS160 is important.
If your DS160 is incomplete or the information filled is incorrect and does not match with the rest of your documents, then the embassy officer has good reason to reject your visa.
Another reason your visa can get rejected is not carrying all relevant documents and proofs.
For example – If you are mentioning your property or investment as part of the financial proof or ties to home country then you will need to carry proof of that. Failure to take these documents can weaken your case and result in denial.
Therefore it is important to fill and submit DS 160 correctly and carry all relevant documents for the interview.
2 – Weak purpose of the visit
Many people get rejected for the visa because they do not have a strong and valid purpose of visit to the United States of America.
During the interview, the embassy officer will most likely ask about the purpose of your visit. The way you answer this question sets the tone for the rest of the interview.
Most people make the mistake of being too casual and vague about the travel purpose. Few examples are – ‘I plan to travel sometime in the future but I am applying for the visa now’ or ‘I am planning to meet some friends, but the details are not yet finalized’ Such statements are best avoided.
It is very important to have a clear purpose and a valid reason to visit the USA. Here are some valid travel purposes:
1 – Visiting close and immediate family members like siblings and children
2 – Tourism
3 – Attending a conference
4 – Attending training/meetings from your company
5 – Attending an entertainment or sport event
Also ensure that the travel purpose you choose should be supported by your work profile, financial status, ds160 form and the supporting documents.
3 – Insufficient ties to home country
Another reason for refusing visas is not showing strong ties to your home country, which means not giving enough reasons to come back. This will put you at risk of being a potential immigrant, which gives the embassy officer a very strong reason to refuse your visa.
To convince the embassy officer that you will return after the trip, you need to have sufficient ties to your home country. There are mainly three types of ties as explained below:
1 – Career – Having a stable job/business with steady financial income
2 – Family – Family members who are dependent on you
3 – Investments – Investments in property, land, financial instruments
Try and include as many of the above ties as possible in your profile.Needless to say, the more ties you have the better your chances of visa approval.
4 – Poor confidence and communication
Have you filled DS160 correctly?
Do you have all the relevant documents?
Do you have a clear purpose of visiting the USA, and you have enough reasons to return to India?
Even if your answer is ‘YES’ to the above questions, there is still one more factor which you should not ignore. That is you being confident in the interview and having good communication skills.
To ensure this, you can practice by taking interviews with someone or say your answers out aloud in front of a mirror.
Remember to speak slowly, clearly, and politely during the interview. Avoid whispering answers to yourself, make sure to maintain eye contact with the embassy officer, and not feel nervous
In case you do not understand the embassy officer’s questions, you can ask him to repeat it. You can say, “I’m sorry, I didn’t understand, can you please repeat that for me“ There is absolutely no harm in this.
I hope this article is helpful and gives you a clear idea of the reasons why your visa can get rejected and more importantly what you can do about it.