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Step by step: what should I do if my student visa is rejected in the US?

Step by step: what should I do if my student visa is rejected in the US?

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If after months of detailed applications, document collection and visa interviews, you find out that you have been denied a student visa, don't panic! This is something that is happening more and more frequently.

Even if you feel discouraged and disappointed, there is hope and tips. However, you will first need to know what steps to take if you hope to get back on track as soon as possible. That is why, below, we have provided some tips to help you navigate this process.

Step 1: Understand why your visa was denied

There can be many reasons behind a visa denial, as there is no single indicator that you do not meet a certain requirement. However, if you manage to find the specific reasons, the next step would be to rectify or not repeat that mistake in your next application. On the other hand, if you cannot recognize where you went wrong and do not know what to do next, do not be discouraged. There are some common reasons, including:

Lack of sufficient financial funds

If you cannot prove that you have the financial means to pay for your studies in the US, you will not be granted a visa to study in the country. You must be able to prove that you have access to funds for your entire program - for four years for a bachelor's degree, and two years for a master's degree.  

Not having any intention of returning to your country     

One of the main reasons for visa denial is failure to demonstrate ties to the home country and "intention to return home." The officer conducting your interview will ask if you have family in  the United States , what your social circles are, whether you own property in your home country, and what your career plans are after graduation. That's why we recommend having this answer fully prepared. In your argument, you can say what kind of positions you plan to apply for or even name specific companies you want to work for. If you have plans to get engaged or married, or buy a house after graduation, you should mention that, too.

False, incorrect or missing documents

Documentation that does not match your original DS-160 application form or the university's I-20 will be an immediate red flag for the embassy.

Make a note of all documents and copies that are required for the interview. For example, bringing only a bank statement and not all relevant financial statements, including your parents' salary certification, loan letters, and proof of assets, could result in your visa being refused  due  to lack of financial means.


Late application

The visa depends on the start period of the program. There is no set date for submitting the application, but you must wait up to two months for your application to be reviewed and the interview scheduled. Wait times at consulates and embassies vary from country to country, and COVID has caused these periods to be longer.

Country of origin

Although your country of origin is not a reason for denying you a visa, certain areas of your application may be reviewed more closely than others depending on where you reside. For example, students from  China  are mostly asked about their academic information, but those from India are asked about their financial situation, as there are a large number of Indian students who apply for student loans.

Step 2: Overcome the problem

If you manage to find out the reason for the rejection, the second step is to find a solution. For example:

  • If your visa was denied for financial reasons, make sure your finances are in order before reapplying.
  • If you provided any incorrect information that you can correct, it is best to double-check it before reapplying.
  • If your visitor intent was not clear last time, make sure your ties to your home country are very clear (to convince the visa officer that you are not a potential immigrant).
  • If you were nervous during the interview, practice well, be honest, be confident and be clear with the interviewer.
  • Otherwise, if you were unable to identify the cause, it is recommended that you take into account the visa application deadline.


Step 3: Reapply for the visa

Reapply in the same country

If your visa application was rejected the first time, you have the option to reapply. Many students who were refused a visa the first time are successful in obtaining one the next time. However, you must first identify and rectify the reasons that may have caused your visa to be rejected.

Apply for a visa to study in other countries

If you are tired of being refused visas by consular officers from your own country, there are plenty of other options you can explore. Try looking for universities in other places that offer the same quality of teaching (sometimes at a cheaper cost).

For example, if you have been denied a US visa, you may consider studying in Australia or exploring universities in the  UK . You can also try your luck at institutions in Canada or Europe, which also offer high-quality education.


Do you want to start your US visa application? Learn about the  common requirements before starting the visa process.

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