A friend with whom I was planning to travel to the United States was rejected under Section 214(b), failure to show strong home ties. In my opinion, her visa interview was handled unprofessionally and unfairly. How often does this happen and can anything be done?
She is Romanian and is about to graduate with an information engineering (Machine Learning) Master's degree from one of the top colleges in the UK. Her family is financially well off, and fully supports her. She does not yet have a job lined up, but she is in a position to start a prestigious career either in the UK or in Romania.
We had booked a full itinerary. We have both traveled all over Europe, and been to the US before. She had all the relevant documents to prove these things.
Her interview proceeded as follows (slightly simplified):
Q: What do you study? A: Information Engineering.
Q: What is information engineering? A: bla bla bla
Q: When do you graduate? A: -In a week
Q: Who are you travelling with? A: My boyfriend
Q: What does he study? A: Maths
Q: When does he graduate? A: Same time
Unfortunately, I have to reject you because you are at a particularly flexible stage in your life.
At this point, the interviewer refused to allow her to show any documents including her bank statemeet or travel itinerary, stating that she had already been rejected. I'd also like to add that I am from the UK so do not require a visa.
I understand the logic behind the "flexible stage" jsutification; however, it does not make sense for my friend to violate her visa status by working or overstaying because:
1) She does not need the money in the short term (as her bank statement shows).
2) She could get a much better and higher paying job by working legally at home with her qualifications.
3) Given an appropriate interview, she should have been able to demonstrate as well as anyone that she fully intends to return home.
Is this kind of treatment typical? Is there anything that can be done? Is it worth trying to apply again?