B1 B2 Visitor/Tourist Visa Odds of Approval

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There are many factors that can improve or hamper your odds for approval of a US tourist visa. The primary reason for the interview is to convince the consular officer that you have no intention of overstaying or immigrating permanently to the US.

Factors that may affect your odds of approval:

Employment Status & Verifiable Income

Being unemployed, or employed for a short period of time at the same job may hurt your case. Having a longstanding career in your home country, and working for the same company for more than five years may help your case. If you are wealthy, and make over USD$250,000 a year from a job located in your country, this is a great ‘strong tie’ sign that you have no intention to stay in the US.

Family Obligation & Family in the USA

If you are single without dependents, or have kids that don’t live with you, and you want to travel to the US, the officer may think you don’t have enough reason to return to your country. However, if you have kids or dependent family members in your country, especially those with a disability that relies on you as a caretaker, that is a great sign of strong ties. If you have family in the USA, barring other factors in your favor, this could be a sign that you have a reason to stay in the US and work against you. If you have a fiance or spouse in the US, your odds are slim to none, and you should probably opt for the fiance visa or spousal visa.

Property & Asset Ownership

Owing assets and especially property or businesses in your home country are a great sign of strong ties.

Travel History

If you’ve traveled to other countries before, especially first-world countries and did not overstay your visa and returned to your country, this is a sign that you are trustworthy to follow the visa process.

Visit Duration Desired

If you request to stay in the United States for a very long period of time in your application, it may be a red flag that you intend to figure out a way to simply immigrate. If you request a more realistic time span, that is specific to the purpose of your trip, this is a point in your favor. For example, if you are traveling to a 5 day conference, requesting a trip for 3 months may look fishy. But if you only request 2 weeks, it makes more sense for that situation and is consistent with someone traveling for that purpose.

Means to Pay for Trip

If you have no means to pay for the trip, and are relying on only a friend or family member to pay, this could go against your odds. However, if you have the means to pay yourself or if your company is paying for the trip, this signals that you won’t become a burden to the state.

Community Involvement

If you are heavily involved in your community, especially in a way that the organization would be deficient if you didn’t return, this could help signal a strong tie.

Previous B1/B2 Visas

Of course, if you’ve been previously approved for a B1/B2 visa and entered the US, and returned to your country, this works in your favor. It proves we can trust you to not overstay. However, if you previously overstayed, your odds are greatly diminished.

Purpose of Travel

The more specific and precise your purpose of travel is, the better your case for travel. If you simply state a vague purpose like “tourism”, you’re not very convincing. However, if you are attending a specific conference in your profession, or attending a wedding, or spectating an event like a concert or solar eclipse, or anything else that is very specific and has a convincing reason to be in a specific place at a specific time, this builds a better case.

Denial Rates by Country

The following table is straight from NVC statistics showing the actual numbers for 2016. The country doesn’t necessarily play a role in your likelihood of approval or denial. What’s more likely is that people in high denial countries tend to not be qualified. Use our approval odds calculator (Coming Soon) to determine if you may have a good shot at approval or not.

Country Denial Rate
Afghanistan 73.80%
Albania 35.95%
Algeria 36.00%
Andorra 28.57%
Angola 48.52%
Antigua & Barbuda 22.11%
Argentina 2.14%
Armenia 45.88%
Australia 15.38%
Austria 5.93%
Azerbaijan 14.83%
Bahamas 9.35%
Bahrain 6.26%
Bangladesh 62.82%
Barbados 11.24%
Belarus 14.87%
Belgium 7.33%
Belize 35.21%
Benin 38.01%
Bhutan 69.78%
Bolivia 14.36%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 19.70%
Botswana 18.97%
Brazil 16.70%
Brunei 13.51%
Bulgaria 16.86%
Burkina Faso 65.35%
Burundi 13.02%
Cambodia 61.33%
Cameroon 36.84%
Canada 47.93%
Central African Republic 35.12%
Chad 42.53%
Chile 11.43%
China 12.35%
Colombia 17.79%
Costa Rica 8.39%
Croatia 6.78%
Cuba 81.85%
Cyprus 2.03%
Czech Republic 7.82%
Democratic Republic of the Congo 46.55%
Denmark 11.74%
Djibouti 47.09%
Dominican Republic 31.88%
Ecuador 29.18%
Egypt 28.61%
El Salvador 57.12%
Equatorial Guinea 17.75%
Eritrea 50.49%
Estonia 20.74%
Ethiopia 38.13%
Fiji 20.23%
Finland 7.72%
France 7.30%
Gabon 21.29%
Gambia 69.87%
Georgia 62.82%
Germany 7.25%
Ghana 65.70%
Greece 16.37%
Guatemala 48.68%
Guinea 63.53%
Guinea Bissau 71.88%
Guyana 25.76%
Haiti 64.52%
Honduras 42.76%
Hungary 15.48%
Iceland 7.69%
India 26.02%
Indonesia 11.19%
Iran 45.02%
Iraq 51.71%
Ireland 15.48%
Israel 4.09%
Italy 10.86%
Ivory Coast 37.38%
Jamaica 35.64%
Japan 8.12%
Jordan 40.34%
Kazakhstan 27.55%
Kenya 26.60%
Kosovo 41.48%
Kuwait 4.56%
Kyrgyzstan 51.68%
Laos 62.37%
Latvia 13.45%
Lebanon 25.41%
Lesotho 21.20%
Liberia 70.23%
Libya 40.58%
Liechtenstein 0.00%
Lithuania 22.36%
Luxembourg 7.69%
Macedonia 33.84%
Madagascar 12.12%
Malawi 14.52%
Malaysia 3.65%
Mali 57.58%
Malta 8.38%
Mauritania 71.45%
Mexico 23.49%
Moldova 36.35%
Monaco 0.00%
Mongolia 43.63%
Montenegro 28.69%
Morocco 26.77%
Mozambique 10.29%
Myanmar 13.02%
Namibia 5.56%
Nepal 49.54%
Netherlands 16.62%
New Zealand 15.45%
Nicaragua 44.54%
Niger 31.14%
Nigeria 41.44%
North Korea 15.00%
Norway 21.96%
Oman 1.93%
Pakistan 46.43%
Palestine 40.64%
Panama 12.05%
Papua New Guinea 10.56%
Paraguay 7.47%
Peru 28.61%
Philippines 27.29%
Poland 5.37%
Portugal 8.97%
Qatar 3.50%
Republic of Congo 46.55%
Republic of Serbia 18.77%
Romania 11.43%
Russia 9.29%
Rwanda 43.79%
San Marino 0.00%
Saudi Arabia 4.04%
Senegal 52.46%
Sierra Leone 61.25%
Singapore 0.00%
Slovakia 12.28%
Slovenia 10.43%
Solomon Islands 4.28%
Somalia 63.89%
South Africa 6.83%
South Korea 8.65%
South Sudan 43.89%
Spain 15.09%
Sri Lanka 21.69%
Sudan 36.59%
Suriname 10.86%
Swaziland 8.03%
Sweden 12.78%
Switzerland 5.20%
Syria 59.77%
Taiwan 5.36%
Tajikistan 55.24%
Thailand 17.82%
Togo 54.39%
Trinidad and Tobago 22.70%
Tunisia 15.92%
Turkey 13.62%
Turkmenistan 32.95%
Uganda 41.53%
Ukraine 40.83%
United Arab Emirates 4.02%
United Kingdom 0.00%
United Republic of Tanzania 23.05%
Uruguay 3.14%
Uzbekistan 57.09%
Vanuatu 16.67%
Venezuela 40.25%
Vietnam 29.49%
Yemen 48.85%
Zambia 22.26%
Zimbabwe 22.88%