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Visa denied…now what??

Foreign nationals who file an application to come to the United States to live and work, or even just to visit, often find themselves unable to do so because of a denied visa. Whether or not the visa denial can be overcome depends on both the nature of the visa being applied for, and the reason for the visa denial.

Visa denied due to inadmissibility

Certain foreign nationals are inadmissible to the United States. That is, there is something in their background that prevents immigration officials from approving their visa application, either at a US Embassy or Consulate abroad or at a port of entry, such as an airport. Inadmissibility can be the result of a criminal history, prior immigration violation, prior deportation or even simply that officials are afraid that a visitor is not intending to go back home. The good news is that certain grounds of inadmissibility can be overcome if immigration officials approve an immigration waiver. Overcoming a visa denied for inadmissibility typically requires hiring a waiver attorney, who is experienced in the US inadmissibility waiver process, to prepare the waiver package that will be filed with immigration officials. To learn more about the inadmissibility waiver process, contact us today for a free consult.

Visa denied due to INA section 221g

When determining whether or not to grant a visa, 221g is cited by consular officials if they feel the applicant has not provided them with enough evidence to grant their visa request. Although it is not an outright denial, like when a visa is denied due to inadmissibility issues, the applicant does have to satisfy the official by providing whatever document(s) or evidence that the officer feels is missing in the case. Typical reasons for 221g denials include failure to provide vital records, such as a birth certificate or police certificate, or failure to prove a bona fide relationship, such as a marriage. The good news about 221g visa denials is that most can be overcome by providing the information that the US consular officer has indicated is missing from the file. To learn more about how an American immigration attorney can assist in overcoming a 221g visa denial, contact us today for a free consult.

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