10 Reasons Your US Visa is getting Denied

You have read my stories of visa rejection, yes – denied five times, and my visa victories. I have learned so much during my journey that after my visa victory, I made it my mission to help Filipinos get their US visas approved. The TCF (The Clever Filipina) team and I have been doing this for years. I am proud to say, that so far we are at 100% approval (cue the applause).

 

It always starts the same though. We receive an email from an applicant asking for help because their visa was disapproved, we ask what happened, and then we assist them on re-applying.

 

After helping hundreds of people go through their visa process, we have noticed a few stories that are consistent with visa denials. It may be because of culture, or just plain ignorance about how Westerners think. Unfortunately for your visa application, ignorance is not a bliss. So let me break down a few points that I think have been a big factor for any US Tourist Visa denial.

 

Disclaimer: We are not claiming to know how the mind of the Consul General works. This is an observation to the pattern of visa denial stories we have encountered.

 

  1. YOU APPLIED TOO EARLY

Is there such a thing? Yes there is. Applying six months ahead of time is really not beneficial for you. Yes, it’s good to prepare but the Consulate also knows that a lot of LIFE can happen between now and six months from now. Many times, this is a disadvantage to you. So keep the magic number at one to three months before your scheduled departure.

 

       2. YOU HAD TOO MANY PLANS

 

Look… I know going to the United States is life changing. We get it, we really do. But as much as planning to see 10 major tourist destinations in one trip is do-able, sometimes in the Consul’s ears, it’s a lot to process. Remember that you only have a few seconds to make the right impression. The more words you say, the more chances you are giving the Consul to question your motive.

The best thing to do is pick two activities, embrace it, plan for it, and then tell the Consulate.

 

        3.  YOU WANTED TO STAY LONGER THAN EXPECTED

 

I once helped this girl who was denied multiple times. I the first questions I asked her was – “how long are you planning to stay in the States?” She said, “Two Months.”

We all know the main reason for a visa getting denied is the idea that you might overstay right? Well, if you are pushing months on end for a simple #vacay, what will stop you from staying longer? Clearly you do not have enough ties in the Philippines to hold you back because two months is easy peasy to you.

 

        4. YOU LISTENED TOO MUCH TO OTHER PEOPLE

 

It’s funny when people think they know everything, especially if they have lucked out and had been approved. Other people will always have opinions on what you should or should not be doing. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too much advice from people.

If you find someone who has helped people get visas, then listen to them. If they haven’t, then do yourself a favor and just research or get The TCF team to help you.

 

        5. YOU WERE WINGING IT

 

Having an opportunity to travel is a very big deal, especially coming from a third world country. Que Sera Sera, Whatever Will Be, Will Be – does not fly. It does if you want to get denied.

Everything you do at this interview matters. So act like it does! Fix your documents, memorize your itinerary, go in with a smile in you face, and do your best.

 

        6. YOU DID NOT PRACTICE

 

I have heard this all too many times. “I don’t need to practice.”

Augh.. reality check! You do!

Sometimes the more familiar you are with your trip, the less you fumble in front of the Consulate. When he asks. “how long is your trip,” you don’t have time to think. Answer right away!

 

         7. YOU’RE UNSURE ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

 

When asked what the purpose of your travel is, sometimes the more concrete your plans are, the better. We always tell our clients to be very specific with their answers. If possible, have a specific date for every activity.

Answers like “I’m just going to visit the US,” will have less results than “I have tickets to be on Disneyland on January 15, 2018.

 

         8. YOU WERE FOCUSED ON THE WRONG THINGS

 

I have encountered a few clients who are waaaayyy to bothered about what they will wear at the day of the interview. Get this, you will have the same amount of chances if you were wearing pants or wearing jeans on that fateful day. The Consulates are in a teller-type window, they will see only a portion of what you are wearing.

You have to put more weight on your reason for traveling, and your dates, than what you are wearing.

 

         9. YOU WERE TALKING WAY TOO MUCH

 

Too much talk leads to more mistakes. Don’t volunteer to give up information.

Keep the chatter to a minimum and only answer the questions asked.

 

          10. YOU HAD THE WRONG MOTIVES

 

You’ve always wanted to go to the States because your friend told you she will help you get a job and settle down. Shame on you and your friend! That is the reason it is so hard to get a US Visa in the first place. Keep your motives in check and do right by the government and your fellow Filipinos.

Also, the Consulates are trained to sniff a rat a mile away. So good luck on that!

 

What about you? Have you recently been denied a US tourist visa? Let us know in the comments below!

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