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I went to the US embassy in New Delhi with my wife for a B2 visa interview. This is how the interview went:

Interviewer: Why are you going to USA?

Me: We are going for tourism.

Interviewer: Where are you going?

Me: We are going to New York, Washington, Niagara Falls.

Interviewer: What do you do?

Me: I am doing my XXXXX business.

Interviewer: (to my wife) What do you do, madam?

My wife: I help my husband in his business and take care of my family.

Interviewer: Do you have anyone in USA?

Me: Yes, I have my friend but we are going through a tour package.

Interviewer: So your friend is not going to accompany you?

Me: (I was quiet. I didn't said anything)

Interviewer: Why did you go to the United Kingdom?

Me: I went there for tourism.

Interviewer handed me a 214(B) refusal slip and said "our rules are strict, we can't issue you a visa".

I am doing my business here in Punjab, India and my wife is a sales manager in my company. We have a good income. We have good savings and land purchased here. We have all the proof of income, savings and land.

I would like to reapply for a B2 visa again. What should I do to improve my chances?

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    Haven't you already asked this before? I can't find it off-hand, but I'm sure I've read this question a few days ago. – Mark Mayo Sep 10 '15 at 6:58
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    Read this very carefully. – Michael Hampton Sep 10 '15 at 7:35
  • @MarkMayo I remember it too; must have been deleted. – mkennedy Sep 10 '15 at 18:56
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    Why didn't you answer the question about whether your friend was accompanying you on the tour? – mkennedy Sep 10 '15 at 19:01
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    @lally.ab If you register an account, you can then edit previous questions, which would be better than asking the same question again. – DJClayworth Sep 11 '15 at 12:52
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There could be countless other things you haven't mentioned, but if you apply again, don't stay silent when answering a question! They asked about whether or not your friend is accompanying you. You stayed silent. That's a BIG red flag - anyone refusing to answer a question implicitly indicates they have something to hide.

They want to be sure you're a genuine, open tourist with no ulterior motives. Appearing to hide information does not convince them of this.

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