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How can I prove the immigrant officers that I have significant ties in my home country?

Are there any documents that I need?

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Based on your tags my answer will be relevant to a non-immigrant visa for USA.

You need to prove that you will not stay in the US indefinatly and return to your home country. Hence the demonstration of the 'significant ties'. These may depend on your age too. As a rule of thumb this can include, but is not limited to, the following in your home country

  1. Current job
  2. Current education
  3. Immediate family members (wife+kids staying behind, elderly parents etc)
  4. Active finances i.e. bank account, credit cards, mortgage, loans, lease etc
  5. Healthy finances of the above (e.g. you should not have a loan default)
  6. Ownership of tangible property (real estate, a house etc)
  7. Ownership of a business
  8. On-going responsibilities (caring for parents, community role, again a job or school, kids schooling etc)
  9. A professional license which needs to be renewed in your homecountry
  10. Insurances (health, life etc)

To summarize, anything that will convince the officer that you will surely return to your home country can be used as proof; and yes that includes your appearance, confidence while you're sitting in front of him/her presenting your case. It all bottles down to how well you can present your case and convince the officer that you will return once the visa expires.

Coming to the second part of you questions: documents that you need. Any related documentation of the above mentioned points. I will list down examples in the same order below

  1. A letter from HR mentioning your leave
  2. All previous semester's result card. Letter from the institution for the reason of travel if its educational.
  3. Marriage/birth certificates. IDs of parents.
  4. This is self explainatory e.g. statements etc
  5. This would covered in the above documentation
  6. Ownership documentation/registration of your house, leased property
  7. Ownership documentation/tax return of your business
  8. Kids/Wife school enrolment documents. Community position documents.
  9. Any professional license you have
  10. Insurance policy (provided you have maintained the insurance, not expired etc)

Hope this helps.

  • Hi thanks for the information. I am a recent graduate, however, I am looking for jobs solely in Europe or Asia as I have direct relatives there (parents, grandparents, aunts and sister). At the moment I am living in my grandparents house, therefore, does that mean I have to show proof that I am living there? It would be under my grandfather's name. I am being funded by my parents as they send me money each month and pay for most of my expenses. I do have a German and Dutch bank account and have proof that I have studied in the Netherlands (with my degree) – Ariannakim Oct 17 '17 at 16:02
  • In Addition, i am 23 years old – Ariannakim Oct 17 '17 at 16:03
  • @Ariannakim since you have a German passport you can travel freely in the EU and you won't need to apply for a visa in some asian countries too. You may be entitled to an on arrival visa have a look at this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_German_citizens#/… – Newton Oct 17 '17 at 16:54
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Having a job in your home country, especially a full-time one. Owning property there, or having a lease for property (e.g. a rented apartment or home where you live). Having reasonable to significant amounts of money in banks in your home country. Having family members back home.

As for documents, it's not usually necessary to have proof of these things, since some of them can be proved using electronic devices (e.g. bank balances) but if you feel there's a significant chance of being refused admission into a country (you haven't given us any details of where you're from nor where you're going), take some bank statements with you, a notarized copy of the title deed from your home, your apartment/home lease, and such with you.

Immigration personnel want to be convinced that you can afford to visit their country using assets you already have, and won't try to immigrate there without proper permission. Having attachments to another country will convince the officer that you're a genuine tourist.

  • Hi thanks for the information. I am a recent graduate, however, I am looking for jobs solely in Europe or Asia as I have direct relatives there (parents, grandparents, aunts and sister). At the moment I am living in my grandparents house, therefore, does that mean I have to show proof that I am living there? It would be under my grandfather's name. I am being funded by my parents as they send me money each month and pay for most of my expenses. I do have a German and Dutch bank account and have proof that I have studied in the Netherlands (with my degree) – Ariannakim Oct 17 '17 at 16:03
  • In addition, i am 23 years old but since ive finished my studies, this is a break for me before i officially start working. – Ariannakim Oct 17 '17 at 16:04
  • If you are traveling to Europe and Asia to look for work, immigration officials may well be concerned about your intentions. You may want to inquire about whether you qualify for a work permit before you travel. – Jim MacKenzie Oct 17 '17 at 16:21
  • The thing is, I have a German passport, therefore I do not have to worry for a work permit if i look for a job in Europe. Would that be a reasonable answer? – Ariannakim Oct 17 '17 at 16:25
  • @Ariannakim If you have a German passport, you have the right of entry into the EU and can work in any EU country, so you would have no need to prove attachment to your home country if you're entering an EU country. – Jim MacKenzie Oct 17 '17 at 16:25

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