Tips to Get your US Visitor Visa Application Approved
In this article, we are going to cover some tips to help you get your visitor visa application to the United States approved.
When you apply for a visitor visa or when you’re seeking entry to the U.S. as a visitor, U.S. immigration officials will look to ensure that you are seeking to enter the U.S. for the proper purpose. With visitor visas, the immigration official must be convinced that you are truly coming to the U.S. as a visitor, and that you are not intending to overstay your visa.
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A. Show That You Have Strong Ties to Your Home Country
When you go into your interview for your visitor visa, the immigration officer is required to presume that you are an “intending immigrant,” which means that the immigration officer is required to believe that you plan to stay in the U.S.
In other words, the immigration officer will initially believe that your intention in coming to the U.S. is to stay in the country. It is your burden to prove that you, in fact, plan to return to your home country pursuant to the terms of your visitor status.
How do you prove that you are not an intending immigrant?
One way is by demonstrating that you have strong ties to your home country. Some examples of strong ties to your home country include:
- Mortgage or lease documentation, indicating that you have a home or an apartment in your home country.
- Information that shows that you have a business in your home country.
- Documentation that proves that you have a job in your home country.
- Documentation showing that you pay taxes in your home country.
- Proof that you have close family in your home country.
- Documentation showing that you have a bank account in your home country.
All of those types of information will support your contention that you have strong ties to your home country, and that you have no intention of staying in the U.S. permanently.
Remember, the more information you have in support of your ties to home, the more persuasive you will be with the immigration officer in proving that you plan to leave the U.S. as required.
B. Show That You Have a Specific Reason for Your Trip
Another way to prove to an immigration officer that you do not intend to stay in the U.S. permanently is to have documentation that shows that you have a specific reason for visiting the U.S. for a temporary period of time. For example, if you are coming to the U.S. to visit Disney World in Florida, then it would be very helpful to have an itinerary of your vacation plans. You could also show your tickets to Disney World and your hotel reservations.
Similarly, if you are attending a business conference, it would be helpful to have your invitation or tickets to the conference handy to show to the immigration officer.
These documents may help to persuade the immigration officer that your intention is truly to visit and not to stay permanently.
C. Show You Have Enough Money in the Bank to Cover Your Trip
When you are in the U.S. on a visitor visa, you are not allowed to work. Thus, an immigration officer will want to know if you have enough money to cover the expenses of your trip. If you cannot show that you have the finances to cover your trip, then the immigration officer may likely believe that you are coming to the U.S. to work, which is prohibited while on a visitor visa.
Accordingly, you should have documentation showing that you have enough money for your trip. If your expenses in the U.S. will be minimal (for example, if you will be living with a friend or family member during your trip), then you should have documentation showing why your expenses during your stay will be minimal.
D. Be Ready to Explain Your Relationships with U.S. Residents
You should also be prepared to explain any relationships with people in the U.S. that could potentially sponsor you for lawful permanent residence. For example, if you are in a relationship with a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, an immigraiton official may have concerns that you will come to the United States, get married, and that your spouse will file a immigrant petition on your behalf. Therefore, you should be prepared to explain any relationships with people in the U.S., if you are asked about them.
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.
U.S. Immigration Lawyer
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