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2020-12-18 00:01:01

Reasons for refusing a student visa: part 2

Reasons for refusing a student visa: part 2

We continue to talk about the common reasons for refusals to obtain a student visa to America. 


TOP frequent refusals for students

Filing an I-130 Immigration Petition for an F-1 Visa

Has an immigration petition been previously filed for the applicant? If so, this will raise a number of questions - how long ago was it filed? At what stage is the application process? If the candidate has a chance to get a visa in the short term, then the consul may refuse a student visa.

Doubtful source of funds

If the consul considers that the parents of the candidate earned funds in a "dubious way" or the father belongs to the "elite" unfriendly to the United States, then there is a high chance of rejection.

Suspicious courses or educational institutions

The list of suspicious courses is headed by two-week language programs. The embassy will consider that the student's intentions are not serious, and the main goal is to leave for the United States for a long time. Doubtful institutions is a list of institutions whose students often do not return home.

Unknown secondary colleges

Students entering world recognized universities look better in the eyes of consuls, but those who choose unknown colleges in a small town, on the contrary, are likely to be included in the list of candidates who just want to get to America.

Errors in the DS-160 questionnaire

Mistakes in the questionnaire are found constantly. On purpose or by accident, the applicant may inaccurately indicate information on fundamental issues and thereby predict a negative outcome of the interview. For example, a student can write that he is unemployed, but in fact he has his own business. An incomplete list of countries that you have visited earlier can also cause a refusal. Silence about a criminal record is the reason not only for refusal, but also for a possible life-long ban on entering the country.

"Unconvincing" DS-160

The questionnaire, like the answers to the interview, should impress the commissioner. Even if the candidate does not have many opportunities, but in the points where there is a chance to tell all the details, you must definitely declare yourself from the best side.

Poor academic performance

If a returning student is performing poorly, the embassy may question the advisability of issuing a visa.

Staying too long

You may be denied a visa if you have previously lived in the United States for a long time, in order to give time to restore ties with your home country.

Illegal employment

Illegal employment is a sign of a weak financial situation and a lack of economic ties with the homeland, not to mention a violation of the law, so this is an unconditional refusal.


Arrest on the territory of the United States of 100% will lead to the cancellation of the visa and difficulties to obtain it a second time. If a student participated in the Summer Work Travel program and is arrested for shoplifting, the embassy will decide the candidate is immature, punish them, or decide that very little time has passed since the incident.

SWT participation and poor English skills

If you have been in the country before, and at the interview did not demonstrate high proficiency in English, you may be refused due to the fact that there is no success in mastering the language.

Political situation

Fluctuations in political relations between the two countries are often the reason for refusal. For example, in recent years, the American authorities have denied entry to Chinese scholars, immigrants from Muslim countries, more often they have begun to refuse students.

Errors and forgery when submitting entrance documents

Some consuls are looking for problems with qualifications and the discovered inaccuracies are recorded in the category of forgery.

Disclaimer due to inadmissibility

A number of cases require obtaining a nonimmigrant weir, which becomes a prerequisite for applying for a visa. Common cases where a veyer is required is a criminal record, or if the applicant's company provided someone with fake employment documents when applying.

Sponsor - a US resident with whom the applicant is in a romantic relationship

If the applicant's sponsor lives in America, and even is in a romantic relationship with the applicant, there is a great deal of doubt about the motives. In this case, the embassy may decide that a visa for the bride or groom is more suitable and refuse.

The dependents stay at home, and the breadwinner goes to study

It would seem that such a situation is the most advantageous for the American side, because it is difficult to doubt ties with the homeland. But the consul may ask the question: "Who will feed the family while he studies?" and eventually refuse.

Separate submission of applications for family members

Perhaps the consul would suspect that the applicants wanted to outsmart the system and refuse one of the family members.

Social networks

If a negative image is formed on social networks (drug addiction and other harmful hobbies), then most likely they will refuse.

Doubtful contacts in DS-160

The fact that the specified contact person is on the “black list” or was previously refused extradition may negatively affect the chances.

Inconsistencies, oddities, lack of logic

If the embassy employees find something strange or suspicious in the documents, they will put a refusal stamp without a shadow of a doubt. For example: in the application form it is indicated that the candidate studied in Germany, but the passport does not contain marks of entry to this country.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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