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5 Common Visa Application Mistakes to Avoid

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Reasons Why Your Application May Get Rejected

Whether you are looking to obtain a United States visa for business or family matters, there are several reasons why your application could become rejected. Unfortunately, this process is often complicated, especially if attempting it alone, which can result in several mistakes being made along the way. Here are five of the most common.

#1. Forgetting to Sign Something

Any immigration matter can come with extensive paperwork, and something as simple as making sure all the documents are initialed or signed can get overlooked. While it may seem like an afterthought, you’d be surprised by how many applications are denied based solely on something not being signed.

#2. Not Preparing For Your Interview

In most cases where someone is applying for a visa for the very first time, they will have to undergo an interview process. These can seem stressful to many people, so it's important to ensure that you are adequately prepared to answer any question that may be asked of you. You will also want to be clear and concise in your answers, as providing too much unnecessary information may work against you.

#3. Incorrect Information in Your Application

While providing the correct information may seem like the easiest part of the process, some of the most common mistakes made involve incorrect or incomplete information. These can be things as simple as your passport number being one digit off or your name being written in reverse order (Last Name, First Name or vice versa). When completing your application, it is essential to ensure that your information is consistent across all documentation you provide.

#4. Not Understanding the Application Requirements

Even for temporary stays in the United States, you may be asked to complete a character or medical examination as part of your application process. Individual visa classifications also come with certain criteria that must be met in order to be eligible. When these requirements are not adequately understood, it may cause you to overlook certain parts of the process that make it more likely that your application will be denied.

#5. Incomplete Applications

This goes hand-in-hand with not understanding what is required for your application. Missing documentation, examinations, fees, or even just one part of your application being blank may make it more difficult to get an acceptance. This is one major reason why people choose to work with an immigration attorney—to ensure that they completely understand the process and what is required of them.

Don’t let these common mistakes be the reason your application is denied. Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. has been ‘helping the best come to America’ for nearly a century of combined experience and is here to walk with you through the process. Schedule a consultation with a member of our team today by calling


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