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I want a Tourist Visa. What are my chances?

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The official statistics kept by the government of the United States show a great variation in the odds of obtaining the Tourist Visa (also known as the B2 or B1 Visa) depending on the country where the application is filed. The Visa may be denied for different reasons which we will later explain in this article.

What are the odds of obtaining the Tourist Visa?

According to the official data of the Department of State of the United States, the following percentages show denied Tourist Visas according to the country where the petition was filed during the last fiscal year:
Argentina: 2.14%
Bolivia: 14.36%
Chile: 11.43%
Colombia: 17.79%
Costa Rica: 8.39%
Cuba: 81.85%
Ecuador: 29.18%
El Salvador: 57.12%
Spain: 15.09%
Guatemala: 48.68%
Honduras: 42.76%
México: 23.49%
Nicaragua: 44.54%
Panamá: 12.05%
Paraguay: 7.47%
Perú: 28.61%
Dominican Republic: 31.88%
Uruguay: 3.14%
Venezuela: 40.25%

Why is the Visa denied?

The Tourist Visa or B1 or B2 Visa is denied for many reasons. All of those are grouped under two big categories: ineligibility and inadmissibility reasons.

Among the causes for ineligibility, the most common one is not proving existing economic and/or family ties in the country of origin. That is, the Consular officer may suspect that the petitioner could stay in the United States. This problem affects Young petitioners mainly.

In such cases a migratory waiver cannot be requested.

As for inadmissibility causes, the most common one is the penalty of 3 to 10 years for having stayed illegally in the United States.

What can I do if the Visa is denied?

If the Visa is denied because of an illegibility reason, you may file a new petition. But to do so, you must make a change. If the conditions of the petitioner are the same as before, the Consulate will continue to deny the Visa.
However, if the Visa is denied for inadmissibility reasons, it is possible to ask for a migratory waiver. If you do not know what this is, visit this website.

If you wish to learn more about the proceedings to obtain a Visa and how to keep it without issues, you may get in touch with one of our lawyers. We can help you at Beltran Brito LLP.
We have professionals with ample experience on immigration who offer creative solutions to emphasize your abilities and talents.
Do not hesitate to contact us.

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