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Visa Tips


1. Prepare for the Visa Interview

2. Apply Early!

3. During the Visa Interview

4. Reasons for Visa Denials

The most common reasons for visa denials are:

  1. The visa officer suspected the student of wanting to immigrate to the U.S. You must prove to the visa officer that you plan to return home after graduation. Examples of proof:
    * Owning a house or business in your country
    * Having a guaranteed job when you return home
    * Having a spouse, children, or close family at home
    * You will inherit property, a business, or assets in your country
    * Have admission to a major that will allow you to get a job when you return home. For example, if you major in Aerospace Engineering, an aerospace industry must exist in your country so that you can find a job after you graduate.
  2. You do not have enough money to study in the U.S.
  3. You did not bring all required documents with you to the U.S. Embassy for the interview.
  4. You lied about something on your visa application or during the visa interview.
  5. You failed a security background check (called "Administrative Processing)

5. Help! I Was Denied a Visa!

  • Visa Denial Help
  • If you are denied a visa and would like to try again, you may need to request readmission for a future term and get a new I-20.
  • No university in the U.S. can control the outcome of a visa application. We cannot require the embassy to grant you a visa or influence their decision in any way.