Visa Refusals

A written explanation of the reasons why you were unable to establish your eligibility for a visa will have been handed to you on the day of the visa interview.  As your application has been refused under Section 214(b), there is no review process or appeal.

Although the Consular Section attempts to be responsive to inquirers, please understand that our policy is to not respond to correspondence from an applicant regarding a finding of ineligibility under Section 214(b). Once a case is closed the Consular Section cannot take any further action. If you feel that you omitted evidence material to the visa decision, the proper course of action is to reapply for a visa and appear at the Embassy in person.

No. Please see above regarding correspondence following a visa denial. Applying for a non-immigrant visa is not primarily a document-based process.

The main issue in determining if an applicant qualifies for a visa is intent, and documents alone cannot establish intentions. In some cases, documents can help establish an applicant’s intent to return to the United Kingdom by showing that the applicant is well established here.

In other cases, the circumstances are clear enough that documents are unnecessary. If your visa application has been refused it is highly unlikely that any document you could provide would alter the consular officer’s decision.

You are required to furnish the missing document(s) together with the Confirmation Sheet of the visa application form DS-160, your passport, and refusal letter. In each case, the documents required will be different, based on the interviewing officer’s questions, the type of visa for which you are applying, and the purpose of your travel. The officer will specify what documents are required at the time of the interview.  Once you have obtained the missing document(s) please return to for more information.

In making that determination the officer considers the applicant’s personal circumstances, travel plans, financial resources and ties outside of the United States that will ensure his/her departure after a temporary visit.

The consular officer who evaluated your application is accredited in the United Kingdom and is only able to assess your ties to the United Kingdom.

It is not possible for consular officers here to be experts about all other countries, or to understand any social or economic ties you may have to another country. Nevertheless, even though your application has been refused in the United Kingdom, if you are here temporarily you may be able to qualify for a visa if you applied at home.

Consular officers in your home country are better able to assess your situation there.

Many recent immigrants to the United Kingdom cannot demonstrate sufficiently strong ties here to qualify for a non-immigrant visa to the United States.

There is no magic formula that will work in each case. In general, you must be able to show that you have settled in the United Kingdom and that this is, and will remain, your permanent home.

In reviewing your application, the consular officer considered many aspects such as:

  • How long have you been at your current address?
  • How long have you been at your current job?
  • Are you, or are your children enrolled in school?
  • What commitments do you have here that would compel you to return to the United Kingdom?
  • What social ties do you have in the United Kingdom?

Often it is a question of time, and the best way to qualify for a visa is to reside in the United Kingdom for a longer period of time and to build further social and economic ties here.

Each visa application is thoroughly examined and evaluated on its own merits.

Since it is impossible to obtain all relevant facts without seeing your passport and completed application, we are unable to tell you by phone whether you will or will not receive a visa.

Our telephone information system, as well as information distributed on the Internet and through travel agents, is designed to give general information regarding the visa application process and suggest types of documents that might help demonstrate eligibility for a U.S. visa.

However, in no circumstances is someone able to guarantee in advance that you will receive a U.S. visa.

The fee that you paid is an application fee.

Everyone who applies for a U.S. visa anywhere in the world must pay this fee, which covers the cost of adjudicating your application. As the application form states, this fee is non-refundable regardless of whether you are issued a visa or not.

If your application was refused under Section 214(b) and you choose to reapply for a visa, whether at this Embassy or elsewhere, you will be required to pay the application fee again.