How to Handle Denied US Tourist Visa (and When to Reapply)

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Are you mourning the denial of a US visa application? No problem. This page answers all the frequently asked questions regarding a denied US tourist visa and the reapplication process after the rejection.

 

My visa got denied. What happens next?

The US Embassy will provide a reason for your visa application’s denial. You can assess if the reason for the denial can easily be taken care of. If it is, then you can fix the problem and apply again with better chances of successfully getting a visa.

 

My visa application has been denied. What can I possibly do to reverse the decision?

When a consul makes a decision on your visa application, it’s final and cannot be appealed. However, you can improve your personal circumstances and apply again when you have better chances to get a visa.

Tourist visa applicants are assumed potential immigrants unless you can prove that you have strong ties to your home country which is the Philippines.

These are what consuls are usually looking for as an indicator of your strong ties to your country:

  • Spouse and children
  • Stable job
  • Investment, properties, stocks, and a bank account with a huge balance

On the other hand, these are some of the things that might automatically raise red flags: single, female, under 35 years old, unemployed, attractive, and has less than Php 100,000 bank account balance.
 

I was found ineligible for a visa. Can I get my money back?

Unfortunately, you won’t get your money back because the visa application fee is non-refundable.

 

When can I re-apply for a visa?

You can apply as soon as you feel like the circumstances which caused the visa denial has changed and you have better chances for your visa to get approved.

For example, if the lack of travel experience was the reason why your application was denied, then you can re-apply again once you’ve traveled to more countries. On the other hand, if the lack of a stable job was the reason why your visa application got rejected, then you can re-apply again once you’ve spent at least 3 years working for the same company.

Some applicants are denied because they’re single. If that’s the case for you, then you can re-apply once you’ve gotten married and started a family.

 

Is there a time limit as to when I can re-apply?

There’s no limit: you can apply for a US Visa as many times as you want.

 

What could make the consul change his mind and grant my visa on re-application?

The consul will change his mind about your application if any of your social, economic, or family circumstance has improved. If the reason why your visa application got denied has changed and made you more eligible for a visa, then the consul might change his mind and grant you a visa on your second application.

Go back to the main article: How to Apply for a US Visa in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide