My sister went for an interview with US embassy on Jan 2020 and it was successful, they took her passport and literally said congratulations. Today, we received a refused letter with the passport and the reason is INA212a6ci which is a waiver for fraud or misrepresentation. Somebody please explain me the reason for this case since we were honest about everything.

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    What does the letter say? Jan 11 '20 at 18:38
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    Denial for this reason means permanent ineligibility, unless your sister can apply for a waiver travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/… You’ll probably need an immigration lawyer to stand any chance of resolving this.
    – Traveller
    Jan 11 '20 at 18:41
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    Did your sister submit her own application, or did she use an agent? It's not uncommon for less reputable agents to 'help' an application by adding fraudulent documents. Immigration staff will hold the applicant responsible for this, even if they were unaware. Traveller is right: she needs a lawyer.
    – user105640
    Jan 11 '20 at 22:26
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    I wonder whether it's a good idea to ask the embassy or consulate whether there was a clerical error, in light of the visa officer's words of congratulations. What documents did you submit with the application?
    – phoog
    Jan 13 '20 at 16:55
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    @pipe I would not think that chaining someone to a denial for deception -- which results in lifetime inadmissibility -- is the usual mechanism for refusing visas when diplomatic relations change.
    – phoog
    Jan 14 '20 at 0:28

So the interview was successful but something else was found that led to her refusal. It could have been found before the interview and the interviewer did not know yet, after the interview, or while checking something she stated in the interview.

All the information is at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-denials.html

The embassy has found you materially misrepresented something on your application or during the process. NA212a6ci means she can never get a visa unless this is resolved. Your only recourse is for your sister or her lawyer (not a relative) to contact the embassy or consulate to seek clarification. No other recourse exists. The reason for denial, the process, and who to contact are all spelled out at the above link.

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