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Common reasons for a B1 visa rejection (US Business Visa)

Common reasons for a B1 visa rejection (US Business Visa)
iVisa | Updated on Feb 28, 2019

Planning a business trip to the United States most likely involves a visa application process, not unless you are visa-exempt or come from a country that is in the Visa Waiver Program. You need to apply for a B1 visa, also known as a US Business visa. That is not as complicated as most people make it be, but it can happen to suffer rejection. That is why we compiled a list of the most common reasons for a B1 visa rejection. We hope it helps.


You applied for the wrong visa

You would be surprised how many people fail to identify the visa category they need. To clear this up from the start, you need to apply for a US Business visa for the following purposes:

 You want to negotiate a contract with a US company  Participate in meetings with US business associates  You wish to settle an estate  You want to participate or attend conferences related to education, your profession, or your business

Many people wrongfully believe that the Business visa allows them to open a business in the US. That cannot be further from the truth. You can only apply for a B1 visa and have no rejection if you travel to the US for the reasons listed above.

You go unprepared to the interview

The US Business visa interview is a much bigger deal than you think. In front of you, you have a consular officer who decides whether or not you should go to the US or not. You must attend the interview fully prepared.

For one thing, you should have all the required documents carefully placed in a folder so that there is some kind of order. You need to call the embassy ahead of time and inquire about those documents so that you do not miss anything. It is crucial that you have everything that is required of you. To make things easier for you, any piece of paper that derives from the application process should go in that folder. You never know what is going to be asked of you.

Insufficient and/or incorrect information

We cannot stress enough the significance of a correctly filled-in application form. If you fill in the DS-160 online, we suggest that you read it as many times as necessary before you submit it. The application, once submitted, cannot be revised.

Moreover, every piece of paper that you fill in or sign should contain accurate information. Check to see if the information you provide is the same as the one found on your ID, passport, or other relevant documents. Inaccuracies lead to a B1 visa rejection from the start.

Poor communication

If you do not know English at a conversational level, you should ask for a translator or have the interview with someone that knows your language. Poor communication leads to miscommunication, and that can lead to a B1 visa rejection 2 minutes in the interview.

Do not be over-confident

People who go to an interview with over-confidence are bound to have a B1 visa rejection. The person holding the meeting will be able to tell whether or not you are confident or over-confident. Keep in mind that they are two entirely different things. It is ok to be confident, but over-confidence is a sign of something else. The officer knows that and will not grant you a visa. Just as a quick tip, you should dress formally for the interview, be prepared, answer the questions truthfully, and most importantly, you need to be respectful. A consular officer can get over the fact that you are shy or you do not speak English very well, but being disrespectful will lead to rejection for sure.

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