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My whole family lives here and I have money in the bank. Why was I denied a non-immigrant visa?

October 31, 2011

U.S. immigration law requires that before a consular officer can issue a visa, applicants demonstrate that they have a residence abroad they do not intend to abandon.  We cannot rely on an applicant’s statement of intention, so we look at economic and social ties to their country to determine if the ties are strong enough to ensure that the applicant will return.    Many applicants stay in the U.S. despite the fact that their family remains behind and they have money in the bank. 

Consuls are trained to evaluate information.  Whether or not a person qualifies for a nonimmigrant visa is determined by many factors, most importantly U.S. immigration law.  Decisions are not based on documents presented by an applicant.  In fact, more often than not, a consular officer will not ask to see any documents; however, applicants should be prepared to present documents that demonstrate their ties to the Dominican Republic if asked.  Many applicants present altered or fraudulent document packages in an attempt to obtain a visa under fraudulent means.  Presenting false or altered documents to a consular officer is against U.S. law and can leave you permanently ineligible to receive a visa in the future.