Millions of people from around the world apply for a U.S. visa, but not all are approved. Some types of visas are extremely limited, while others submit applications with too much or too little information. Small mistakes on the application cost thousands of visa applicants their chance to come to the United States. However, there are ways to avoid these mistakes and submit a strong visa application. 

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Be Prepared

If you know what to expect and come into the process prepared, you have a better chance at getting your visa application approved. Start by learning as much as you can about the type of visa you’re applying for: application fees, paperwork, and the types of supporting documents that will help with your application. Be prepared to answer questions about your plans during the visit, such as where you’ll be visiting and any events you plan to attend. If you’re applying for an immigrant visa, understand every aspect of the process as well as the timing involved. Be specific about your plans and practice for the interview before it takes place. Interviews can be intimidating, especially one surrounding your visa application, so be prepared and practice your answers. 

Bring Supporting Evidence

The correct supporting documents can go far in strengthening your visa application. Supporting evidence can serve different purposes; for example, a birth certificate is an identifying document, while tax documents serve as a proof of income. Before your interview, be sure to make copies of each document since you’re required to bring the originals with you. 

Some examples of supporting documents include:

  • Your current and previous passports
  • Bank statements or letters
  • Physician letter
  • Job offer letter
  • Property documents

Prove Strong Ties to Home (Nonimmigrant Visa)

If you’re simply coming to the United States to visit, you must prove that you have strong ties to your home country that show that you plan to return. Your visa may be denied if the immigration officer suspects that you plan to overstay your visa, so bring evidence that you own property or have assets in your home country before you apply. U.S. immigration is serious about preventing visa misuse, and the stronger the ties to your home country, the better chances you have at approval. 

Ask for Help

The visa application process is complicated, but there are experts who can answer your questions and guide you through the process. You could ask someone who has already had a visa application approved or a professional like an immigration lawyer. You can find someone who can help you practice your interview, review your application paperwork, and help you gather evidence for your application to increase the chances that it’s approved. 

Get Help From an Immigration Attorney

Ultimately, the decision about whether or not to approve your visa application is up to the immigration officer. However, you can follow the tips above and consult with an immigration attorney to get a better chance at approval. At CoxEsq., P.C., we have assisted clients throughout every stage of obtaining a visa, and we’re ready to go to work for you. Contact us today