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The Consular Officer spoke to me only for two minutes and then denied my application for a visa. How can one get any impression of a person in such a short time?

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications, the consular officer cannot devote more time to interviewing applicants and reviewing visa applications. Therefore, you have to try to present your case in a most concise and, at the same time, comprehensive manner. Furthermore, your documents are being reviewed from the moment you file your application and pay the consular fee. In other words, before your application reaches the officer’s desk, it has been pre-processed and reviewed by other people.

Can my American friends, relatives or business partners help me to get a VISA?

Your friends, relatives or business partners may provide a letter of invitation or support. However, this cannot guarantee visa issuance. Visa applicants must qualify for the visa according to their own circumstances, not on the basis of an American sponsor’s assurance.

Who can influence the Consular Officer to reverse a decision?

Immigration law delegates the responsibility for issuance or refusal of visas to consular officers overseas. They have the final say on all visa cases. Neither the Head of the mission, nor other state officials and governmental bodies can influence the consular officer’s decision. Their intervention can be only of a recommendatory or informative nature. The U.S. Department of State has the authority to review consular decisions, but this authority is limited to the interpretation of the law, as contrasted with the determination of facts. Assessment of ties abroad is a factual issue, and thus is not the authority of the U.S. Department of State.

I had all the documents about my job, property and relatives.  I think I have very strong ties. Why was I denied?

According to Section 214 (b), “…every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status.” In other words, the consular officer has to get enough evidence that the applicant has strong ties to the country of his residence and does not intend to immigrate to the United States. If you were denied a visa, the information you presented was not enough to convince the officer of your strong ties to Belarus.


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