Many people hoping to travel to the United States for work, school, or vacation find themselves confused by the visa process, especially when their application is denied. US immigration law is highly complex, which means many visa applications are denied due to simple errors that can be easily corrected. Understanding why most applications are rejected will help increase your chances of approval.

4 Common Reasons Visas Are Rejected

1. An Incomplete Application

Each visa type has its own criteria that must be met before approval. Even if your petition is filled out and submitted correctly, it may be denied if you haven’t included the paperwork immigration law authorities need to evaluate your eligibility. Fortunately, many officers will give you the chance to complete and resubmit your application if it was rejected due to missing evidence.

2. Wrong Visa Type

immigration lawImmigration law makes a variety of visas available, each designed for specific situations. Unfortunately, the system can make it difficult to determine which visa type is right for you, which often leads to mistakes and rejected applications. Before submitting your application, read the guidelines carefully to ensure you’re applying to the correct program.

3. Fraud & Misrepresentation

Many eligible petitioners decide to leave information off of their petitions, or make untrue claims to increase their chances of success. However, immigration law officials thoroughly review every application, which means any dishonesty will likely cause your application to be denied. It’s always in your best interest to be forthcoming on your visa application.

4. A Language Barrier

Most visas require applicants to complete an interview at their local consulate, and those interviews are typically conducted in English. If you’re having difficulty understanding the interviewer, don’t hesitate to ask for an interpreter. The consulate will likely have someone available who will help you get through the interview without any misunderstandings.


If you’re applying for a US visa, a skilled attorney will help you navigate the process and prevent simple mistakes and unnecessary delays. For 13 years, the immigration law firm of Berd & Klauss, PLLC in New York City has helped visa applicants from around the world achieve their dream of entering the United States. Visit their website to learn how they can help with your visa application, follow their Twitter for more tips and insight, and call (212) 461-7152 to speak with an accomplished immigration attorney.