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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.
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.
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.
|Antigua & Barbuda||22.11%|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||19.70%|
|Central African Republic||35.12%|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||46.55%|
|Papua New Guinea||10.56%|
|Republic of Congo||46.55%|
|Republic of Serbia||18.77%|
|Trinidad and Tobago||22.70%|
|United Arab Emirates||4.02%|
|United Republic of Tanzania||23.05%|