If I’m just visiting America, why wouldn’t I get in?

After waiting all day in a long line outside of the U.S. consulate, you finally are face to face with a U.S. consular officer.  He looks bored and maybe a little hungry.  He is reviewing yourjob, financial, and family history on your visa application.  You are nervous, and to relax, you say “I love America.  I plan to live there some day.”  You don’t really want to live there, but you want them to know you aren’t dangerous.

Too late, you probably aren’t getting in.

The legal presumption is that visitors to America INTEND to move to America.  It is your job to convince the consular officer that you truly just want to visit.  How do you prove it?

  • Your job – If you have a good job you are more likely to come back to it.
  • Your travel history – If you have been to other countries and came home, this shows you generally come home.
  • Your family – People generally want to be where their closest family members are.
  • Financial ties – If you have a house or car at home, you are more likely to come back.

If you can’t prove that you don’t plan to stay in America, you can’t go to America.  It’s that simple (except for H, L, and O visas, where dual intent is okay, but that is for another time).

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