I'm about to apply for a US tourist visa and one of the recommended documents is a bank statement for the past 3 months. My balance movements should be satisfactory and my purchase history is quite mundane. But, for the sake of the question, let's say I've been paying extensively by card in establishments of ill repute.

Would the US consulate check out each transaction on my statement? Or would they simply have a look at the closing balance and ignore the rest?

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    I doubt they are really interested in what you spend on such things, but I would try to make sure that your statement does not show payments to certain organisations that the country you want to go to doesn't like - but then I'm more thinking about terrorist organisations or unfriendly governments and the like. – oerkelens Jul 22 '17 at 18:19
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    @oerkelens I'm thinking more of things like strip clubs. Or perhaps you waste 50% of your earnings on bars. – JonathanReez Jul 22 '17 at 18:22
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    And most of the other 50% on liver transplants. – MadHatter Jul 23 '17 at 7:49
  • Who knows? For many visa applications they don't even check the bank account whatsoever. – user 56513 Jul 25 '17 at 6:25
  • If you submit it, they can use it. – Johns-305 Sep 27 '17 at 14:12

Most of the banks I know let you request a statement of assets, as described here for the swiss bank UBS: Statement of Assets. I don't know if it is enough for them, but you could give it a try by sending them only this statement. If it is not detailed enough, they will ask for the full bank statement.

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