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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 Jul 03, 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 B1 visa rejection. You will also find information below about this type of visa.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a United States B1 Visa?

A US B1 Business Visa is a traditional visa that is affixed to a visa page on your passport. It is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, allowing the holder to travel to the US for business purposes.

How can I check if I am eligible for the US B1/B2 Visa?

To check your eligibility for the US B1 Visa, you can use our Visa Checker. You need to choose your nationality and the United States as a destination.

What are the common reasons for a US B1 Visa rejection?

There are some common reasons why you could get your visa rejected, and they are as follows:

Applying 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 will need to apply for a US Business visa for the following purposes:

  • You want to negotiate a contract with a US company.

  • You want to 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.

Remember that you can only apply for a US B1 Visa and have no rejection if you travel to the US for the reasons listed above.

Going unprepared to the interview:

The US B1 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. You need to call the embassy ahead of time and inquire about those documents so that you do not miss anything. It is also crucial that you know what kind of questions they are going to ask you. You can check a blog about it here.

Insufficient and/or incorrect information

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

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.

Being 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.

What other tips should I consider?

Other common tips for your interview are that you should dress formally for the interview, be prepared, answer the questions truthfully (you can find examples here), 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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