Official figures from the United States government show the odds of getting a tourist visa approved vary according to the country in which the individual applies from. This text mentions the percentage of tourist visas that were denied last year in Latin America and Spain. It also explains the causes or rejection, and what to do when this situation has occurred. The tourist visa could also be known as the B1/B2, which is a combination of the business and tourist visa.

What are my chances of getting a positive response?

According to official information by the US State Department, these are the figures of denied tourist visas, according to the country the visa was requested from, the last fiscal year:

  • 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%

In Spain and Chile, the process is different since they are included in the Visa Waiver program, which means most of their citizens can travel to the US without needing a visa. Citizens from countries included in the Visa Waiver Program only need to request a visa when their ESTA isn´t approved, if they had problems in the past or if their intention is to stay in the US for more than 90 days.

Why was my visa denied?

A tourist visa could be denied for several reasons and all of them fit into two categories: ineligibility and inadmissibility. As we´ve mentioned in other posts, one of the most common cases of ineligibility in not being able to prove enough economic, social or family ties to the country the applicant resides in. The latter is always worth remembering. In those cases, the consular officials could suspect the individual has the intention of staying in the United States. That problem affects both young and older people. If the problem is caused because of ineligibility then the applicant cannot request a waiver.

Common causes of inadmissibility include a penalty from 3 to 10 years because of having overstayed in the USA illegally. Individuals who are applying for a green card could also face trouble, since consular officials tend to deny tourist visas to people that are going through a permanent residency procedure, due to the request of one of their relatives.

What can I do if my visa was rejected?

You should know that the visa fee, without exceptions, is non-refundable. If the reason for the refusal is ineligibility then you can reapply, but you must do so when you consider your conditions have changed. If circumstances haven´t changed, then the consulate will just keep denying your visa.

For example, if the applicant marries, has a stable and better job, has bought a home, etc., those could be good reasons to reapply for the visa, and the most probable outcome would be a success. In the other hand, if the reason for the denial of the visa is inadmissibility it might be possible to request a pardon, particularly in the cases of overstaying illegally in the US. We highly recommend that you get professional help, like the one provided by Visa USA Now, if you want your visa application to be a total success. Remember our client´s approval rates are 98%.

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