How Do I Get Approved For a B2 Tourist Visa If I Was Previously Denied?

21 Dec 2018

Getting denied for a tourist visa is very common. Denial rates vary from country to country, but are public information. Just because a denial rate is high in your country doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get approved. It just means most people applying from that country are not qualified. There are many factors that play in to your odds of visa approval. Most denials can be linked to one of two issues:

  1. Failure to convince the consular officer that you have “strong ties
  2. Failure to convince the consular officer you have a legitimate reason to travel to the US and return

If you’ve been denied once before, it’s not worth it to reapply until something in your circumstances have changed. This could be your financial situation, more strong ties established, such as a job or marriage (to someone in your country), etc. If you didn’t have a clear reason to travel, and just put “tourism” as your reason, without more specifics, such as “I’m attending XYZ business conference”, or “I’m going to Disneyland for a week” etc, you won’t likely convince an officer that you truly are planning on using the visa for its intended purpose.

Just a quick note: If you are trying to utilize the tourist visa as a means to circumvent the immigration process, i.e. trying to quickly get to the US on a tourist visa with the idea of adjusting status after marrying a US citizen, your visa will be instantly denied, and rightly so. There is a reason we have a fiance visa and a spousal visa. For this reason, it’s unheard of to get approved for the purpose of visiting your American boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse.

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