What is Visa Refusal?

Visa refusal refers to the act of denying your entry into to a particular country by rejecting your visa application. Visa rejection may happen when you fail to prove your eligibility to visit a particular country. It mostly takes place as the applicants fails to provide important information, or sometimes because of certain document missing. An incomplete visa application, document missing and skipping of important information are some of the common reasons for visa denial.

Reasons for visa refusal

Apart from the aforesaid reasons, there are many other reasons why your visa to a particular country may be rejected by immigration authority of your destination country. Mentioned below are some of the key factors which may adversely affect your visa processing leading to visa denial:

  • Your visa may be rejected, if you have provided wrong information in your visa application form.
  • If you have a past history of criminal activities against you.
  • If you apply for a visa without a valid justification on a short notice.
  • If your country of residence does not have does not have a good relationship with your destination country.
  • If you have infectious diseases.
  • If you passport is about to expire and does not have enough blank pages.
  • If you have not used a visa previously issued to you without having a valid reason.
  • If the immigration authority finds that your intention of returning from your destination country is not clear.
  • If you fail to provide adequate proof against your eligibility.
  • If you don’t have a valid reason for visiting a particular country.
  • If you don’t have good character certificate.
  • If you have not abided by the rules of visa application in the past.
  • If you fail to establish your strong national ties with your current country of residence. This applies to non-immigrant visa applications.
  • If you have not specified your visa type properly.
  • Lack of adequate health or travel insurance cover may also lead to visa rejection.

How to overcome visa refusal

Visa refusal can be overcome by submitting additional information by the visa applicant in support of his/her eligibility.  Visa denial is usually followed by a refusal letter which contains all the reasons for rejecting your visa, so that you know your mistakes and become more careful when you apply for it for the second time.  You can again reapply for the same visa after a specified period of time.

FAQs on Visa Refusal

  1. What are the reasons behind my visa being refused?

    When you apply for a visa, there are certain criteria you need to meet. If you do not meet them, then you will be refused a visa. Some of the criteria you might have to follow are that there should not be any criminal case lodged against you, you must not have provided wrong information on the visa application form, etc.

  2. Can I appeal against refusal against visa?

    The right to appeal against refusal will differ from country to country and based on the reason why your visa was denied in the first place. For example, if you live outside United Kingdom (UK), then you will not be able to appeal against refusal against a visa. However, you can ask for review by administration where another officer will check your visa application form. Similarly, if you reside in UK then you can appeal against visa refusal.

  3. Can I reapply if I have made a mistake in visa application?

    Yes, you can apply if you have detected a mistake in your visa application. However, a country’s immigration department may ask you for the copy of your refusal to enter the country before giving you the permission to reapply. If the reasons for the visa refusal are satisfactory, you will be allowed to reapply. However, this rule may not be consistent with all the immigration departments and may differ from country to country.

  4. For some countries, why can’t I reapply immediately after my visa application was rejected?

    As per some immigrant department of certain countries, you cannot reapply immediately after your visa application was rejected was because the conditions due to which it was refused will not change overnight. Hence, you can only reapply in most cases six months after the refusal of your visa application.

  5. I want to apply for a visa to Japan. How can I pay the visa application fee?

    You can pay the application fee either through cash only. If you choose the former, then the payment will have to be made in Yen. Unfortunately, you cannot make the payment using credit card or cheque.

  6. What is Section 214(b)?

    As per Section 214(b), United States treats every alien/foreigner to be an immigrant unless they can prove to the satisfaction of the consular officer at the time of application process that they meet all the criteria to be considered as a non-immigrant.

  7. I was refused visa under Section 214(b). Is the refusal permanent?

    No, the refusal under Section 214(b) is not permanent. If you can submit documents and produce a stronger case where you meet the criteria to be given visa to enter USA, then your visa application can be approved in the future.

  8. Can I extend my US visa?

    No, you cannot extend your US visa. Once it has expired, you will have to reapply for it again.


News About Visa Refusal

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    New quarantine guidelines have been announced for passengers travelling from Dubai to Mumbai and Delhi. Passengers travelling to Mumbai will be required to undergo a mandatory 7 day quarantine while passengers travelling to New Delhi will be required to undergo 10 day quarantine.

    27 December 2021

  • Air India to Double US flights from 7 August 2021

    As a large number of Indian students head to universities this fall, Air India is doubling its highly popular US nonstop flights beginning Saturday, 7 August 2021. Air India had earlier reduced the number of weekly flights from over 40 to just 10, after the restrictions put forward by the US on Indian travellers beginning 4 May 2021, due to the catastrophic second Covid-19 wave. The airline will now fly at least 21 flights each week to the United States, with the most increased trips to New York (JFK and Newark or EWR), Chicago, and San Francisco.

    4 August 2021

  • U.S. Embassy to allow student visa holders to the U.S. if their classes begin from 1 August

    The students who are studying in colleges in the United States of America will be allowed to enter the country depending on the date of their classes. Only the students whose classes begin on 1 August 2021 can enter the country.

    The United States Embassy released their statement on Twitter stating that student visa holders can enter the United States depending on if their classes start on 1 August. However, this exception was not available for F visa holders.

    6 May 2021

  • Judge throws out Trump administration rules limiting skilled-worker visas

    A federal judge on Tuesday revoked two Trump administration rules which were implemented to drastically cut the number of visas issued each year to skilled foreign workers.

    The changes related to the H-1B visa program announced in October include imposing salary requirements on institutes employing skilled workers from foreign lands and limits pertaining to specialty occupations.

    3 December 2020

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