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, 2015 at 6:58
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    Read this very carefully. Sep 10, 2015 at 7:35
  • @MarkMayo I remember it too; must have been deleted.
    – mkennedy
    Sep 10, 2015 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, 2015 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. Sep 11, 2015 at 12:52

2 Answers 2


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.


"so your friend not accompanying" That question determines your fate . You should have said no he will not because he will be on duty, or he will be engaged due to the nature of his work. Your silence was not the best. Again the answer to why you visited the UK. Your response tourism. You supposed to state tourism and explain things you did there.

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    OP certainly shouldn't have said No (and even make up a reason) if they were actually going to see their friend. Lying to immigration is always a terrible idea. This site is full of examples where doing so caused lasting damage to people's travel prospects.
    – TooTea
    Apr 4 at 6:52
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    @TooTea I don't think the answerer was suggesting that the OP lie, but that they include supporting details rather than give minimal and evasive-sounding answers.
    – Sneftel
    Apr 4 at 10:29
  • @Sneftel If that was the intention, then I misunderstood this answer. But OP mentioned in a comment that they were actually going to meet their friend, in which case saying No with some made-up but plausible-sounding reason would be a lie (at least by omission). I assume the reasons are made up because OP never mentioned anything like that.
    – TooTea
    Apr 4 at 10:46
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    That does not really seem to add much to the existing upvoted answer. Can you edit to give more detail?
    – mdewey
    Apr 4 at 12:39

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