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The challenges of obtaining a non-immigration visa

In order to visit the United States, citizens of other countries must obtain a visa. In cases where an individual plans to travel to the U.S. as a tourist or visitor, he or she must apply and be awarded what's know as a B-2 visa. However, the process of applying for even a non-immigrant visa can be laborious and requires that an individual complete the online DS-160 application.

Documents that must be provided with a visa application include copies of a valid passport, detailed itinerary of one's planned travels to the U.S. as well as of any past U.S. travels and a current resume. Additionally, in some cases, B-2 visa applicants ages 14 to 79 may be required to complete an in-person interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate in their native country.

In cases where an individual subsequently learns that his or her visa application is denied, it's important to understand why as well as the next steps one should take to appeal a visa denial.

As visa application denial should be accompanied by a document outlining the specific reason(s) for the denial. There are many reasons why a visa application may be denied including that the information provided was incomplete or insufficient and a prior criminal conviction. An individual who is denied a visa can choose to apply for a waiver of ineligibility or reapply.

At times, individuals who are experiencing difficulty obtaining a non-immigrant or immigrant visa may benefit from the advice and assistance of a U.S. immigration attorney. An attorney will work to understand an individual's specific reasons for wanting to travel to the U.S. as well as why he or she has been denied a visa. Based on this information, an immigration attorney can assist with the process of reapplying for a visa and help improve an individual’s chances of securing a visa.

Source: U.S. Department of State, "Visitor Visa," Nov. 30, 2015

U.S. Department of State, "Visa Denials," Nov. 30, 2015

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