Whether you are taking the first steps toward obtaining United States citizenship or permanent residency, or applying for permission to visit America, your first step is gaining a visa. This process can be complex and daunting for those wishing to visit California, and it may help to understand some of the reasons your visa application could be denied.
According to FindLaw, there are several common reasons for the denial of a visa application. These include the following:
- You stayed beyond your allotted time when you previously had a visa.
- You were previously convicted of a serious crime in the U.S., particularly a violent crime or one involving drug or human trafficking, or authorities have reason to consider you a security risk.
- Immigration authorities fear you may be a public health risk – for example, you have not been immunized against serious communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis, or you have contracted a serious illness.
- If you married or plan to marry a U.S. citizen, there is no evidence that the marriage is valid and in good faith – for example, you barely know anything about your spouse or you do not plan to live together.
- You lack the financial means to avoid becoming a public charge.
- You did not meet the eligibility requirements of your visa application or failed to attend your screening appointments.
You may be able to appeal or reapply for a visa, depending on the circumstances. Since this topic is complicated and often requires legal assistance, the information in this blog is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.