July 16, 2019 in Translation

What is the percentage rate of approved visas in the U.S.?

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What is the percentage rate of approved visas in the U.S.?

It is necessary to acquire a visa to travel around the world. Getting your travel passage card to the United States is a complicated and expensive process that has an uncertain outcome. Pass approval to the United States varies according to the country of origin of the applying individual. The strict policies of the current administration thin the possibility of acquiring both immigrant and temporary visas. Many applicants are left unable to enter the U.S. because of the new policies, including the Buy American and Hire American executive order of the current administration.

The data from the U.S. Department of State, the National Foundation for American Policy showed that the issuance of Temporary Visas declined by 7 percent from 2017 to 2018. It also showed that a decline of 5 percent to immigrant issued passes in the same period.


Chances of getting tourist visas approved

Data released by the United States government showed the possibility of getting a tourist pass approved based on the country of origin of the individual applying. The figures below show the denied tourist visas according to the country the pass was originally requested. The list only includes countries in Latin America and Spain.

• Argentina: 2.14%

• Uruguay: 3.14%

• Paraguay: 7.47%

• Costa Rica: 8.39%

• Chile: 11.43%

• Panamá: 12.05%

• Bolivia: 14.36%

• España: 15.09%

• Colombia: 17.79%

• México: 23.49%

• Perú: 28.61%

• Ecuador: 29.18%

• Honduras: 42.76%

• República Dominicana: 31.88%

• Venezuela: 40.25%

• Nicaragua: 44.54%

• Guatemala: 48.68%

• El Salvador: 57.12%

• Cuba: 81.85%

Spain and Chile are included in the Visa Waiver program, which means that most of their citizens are free to travel to the U.S. without needing a visa. With the Visa Waiver program, citizens from member countries that had problems in the past or if they intend to stay in the U.S. for more than 90 days need to request a pass when their ESTA isn´t approved.


Why are the visas denied

The U.S. government denies a tourist pass for two main reasons, ineligibility, and inadmissibility. Most of the visas denied due to ineligibility failed to prove enough economic, social, or family ties to the country the applicant resides in. Officials might suspect that the applicant plans to stay in the United States in these cases. Ineligibility is a problem for both young and older people. Applicants cannot request a waiver it the problem is caused because of ineligibility.

Overstaying in the U.S. Illegally for 3 to 10 years is the most common cause of inadmissibility. Consuls officials tend to deny tourist passes to people that are planning for a permanent residency in the United States. Individuals that are applying for a green card are at risk due to the request of one of their relatives.

How to deal with the rejection?

For cases of ineligibility, applicants can still reapply for the pass given that they do it when their conditions are changed. The consulate will continue denying your application if circumstances remain the same. Possibilities of approval raise during application if the applicants remarry, have a stable and better job, has bought a house, etc.

For inadmissibility reasons, applicants need to request for a pardon, especially if they have illegally overstayed in the U.S. It is highly advised to seek help from professionals if you want your visa application to be successful.

Visa Refusals for Immigrants and Temporary Visas

Expert analysis of the National Foundation for American Policy on the data released by the U.S. Department of State concluded that ineligibility findings used by the State Department to refuse visa applicants increased 39% for immigrants and 5% for non-immigrants between F.Y. 2017 and F.Y. 2018.

“Public charge” grounds have the most significant increase in denials with an increase of over 300% from F.Y. 2017 to F.Y. 2018. The most logical explanation for the high rise in public charges is the changes implemented to the FAM by the State Department. There are 13,450 people denied immigrant visas in F.Y. 2018 because of “public charges” grounds. Denied applicants based on the ground can new evidence like higher income from the petitioner/sponsor any time after the denial.

The government data showed that denial based on “Public Charge” increased by 316 percent. Those who violated the “Application Does Not Comply with INA (Immigrant), 221(g)” rose 34 percent, “Misrepresentation” rose 38 percent, and “Smugglers of Aliens” increased 113 percent.

Public charge denials might lead to separation of family members, mainly spouses, parents and children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. “Public charge” ineligibility is directed at applicants based on the income levels of the applicant and petitioner/sponsor because the low income indicates that they might apply for the social services. “Public charge” is used to suspend visa cases processing before the case is finalized, or when the consular officer places the case into “administrative processing.” Administrative processing means that the case is being investigated because of fraud or eligibility or if it is subjected to review because of security or criminal ineligibility concerns.

The reason for the increase in visa denials based on “misinterpretation” under 212(a)(6)(c)(i) is the combination of the strict implementation of the Buy American and Hire American policies. The “smuggling” provision is usually used against people who violated the law by assisting others to get a visa or admitted others illegally. It is common practice that immigrants illegally help their relatives to get into the United States. It is, however, sure that the rise in denial rate has a significant impact on the economy of the U.S.

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