Questions tagged [visa-refusals]

Also called 'visa denial'. A refused application is a valid application which has been processed and the decision-maker has decided that the applicant fails to meet the requirements. Questions on this tag should include the applicant's nationality and who refused the application and the relevant text from the refusal notice in order to clarify the refusal grounds.

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How to answer "Have you ever been refused a visa?" if I've had a refusal overturned

A few years ago, I applied for a UK visa. The visa was initially refused and I had no rights of appeal. However, the refusal letter had some glaring mistakes and I sent an email to the Embassy. The ...
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UK visa refusal on V 4.2 a + c (and sometimes 'e')

Many of the UK visa refusals we see here share a common pattern and the prevailing reasons refer to V 4.2 (a) and (c). I do understand that, while the applicants may describe very different ...
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UK visa blank refusal letter without reason for refusal

I received my refusal letter today for my standard visitor visa application for the UK. However, the reason for refusal is not mentioned anywhere on the letter and it appears more of an unfilled ...
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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not reliable

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. Sometimes an applicant receives a refusal with: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not ...
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Recently naturalized American visiting the UK, previously denied visa. Apply for entry clearance?

I am a recently naturalized America citizen. I want to visit the the UK but leaning towards flying in to France, and attempt entry into the UK via Calais by road on my US passport, so that if I am ...
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Canadian living in Dubai - visiting US to see ill parent. Visa Off has put a 3 mnth ban from entering. Can I appeal? Should I apply for a visa

I am a Canadian citizen (Pakistani origin) and I currently live in Dubai. My father was diagnosed with cancer in October and has been undergoing treatment in the USA since then. So, I have been ...
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I have been denied a visa several times in a row. How does one deal with such serial refusals?

Over the course of time here on TSE, I have observed individuals whose pattern of visa applications is best described as 'serial refusals'... serial refusals - Two or more consecutive visa refusals ...
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What is 'funds parking' in the context of UK visa applications?

I read somewhere that 'funds parking' in your bank account during last minute is considered as 'mild deception' by consular officers which may lead to a denial. Please explain why 'funds parking' in ...
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UK visa refused because the immigration officer suspects I'm trying to live in the UK through successive visits. What are my options?

I am in a relationship with a UK citizen. We just started dating and in Oct of 2016 I went to visit the UK to spend time with them. I stayed from Oct 11th to Nov 4th. I flew home to attend my older ...
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Will replacing a fake visa with a different fake visa cause me problems when applying for a legal study permit?

I have a problem, 4 years ago my passport was stamped with a fake visa. I want to apply for a legal study permit now so my mother sought counsel from this immigration services agents and she took my ...
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Does visiting Colombia hurts one's travel history?

I plan on visiting Colombia in March. However, an acquaintance just told me that having Colombia in my travel history can hurt me when I apply for visas of other countries - particularly USA, Canada, ...
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Why was my colleague refused a US B1 visa?

I work for a small company in Sweden specialized in niched environmental consultancy involving a lot of field work. We have previously done sporadic projects in the US and have traveled under the Visa ...
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Is changing your passport a good strategy for removing a negative immigration history in Schengen?

When certain nationalities of people want to travel in the Schengen zone, they are required to apply for a Schengen visa. This is a straight-forward process for most, but when an applicant has had ...
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My mother was a refused a UK visa due to her previous visa application containing an erroneous statement. What are my options?

My mother was denied a visa to attend my graduation and she has been crying since she received this heartbreaking news. I really want her to attend my graduation. How do I remedy this problem? After ...
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Schengen visa to Norway to visit my wife refused

I am an Afghan citizen married to a Polish woman. We lived together for almost 6 months in Afghanistan. She is now living in Norway and has been for almost 5 years. She works as a nurse and has enough ...
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Schengen Visa Refusal: Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided

Schengen refusal formulae can be difficult to understand sometimes. When an applicant receives a refusal with "Justification for the purpose and conditions of the intended stay was not provided", ...
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My application was refused due to 'lack of evidence of funds', are there hidden requirements for UK visa applications?

This post originates from a discussion at What future consequences are possible from a Standard Visitor visa refusal? [duplicate]. I applied for a UK Standard Visitor visa for attending a competition,...
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UK Visa Refusal: Provenance of funds/parking

I have applied recently for a general visitor visa to the UK to spend 10 days during Christmas with my British unmarried partner and it has been turned down. The Entry Clearance Officer stated on ...
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Authenticating a denial by UK embassy

10 years ago I used an agent to apply for UK visa, He said it was a group application. I entered the UK embassy with him while he took the documents into an office while we waited outside, no ...
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5yr US visa ban over but consular still denied me visa

I went to a visa interview 6 years ago and was asked if I was pregnant. Due to pressure from such questions, I said no. Then later said I was not sure. The consular recorded the No answer and gave me ...
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Could I be denied entry into Ireland due to medical and police situations during a previous UK visit?

I am an American seeking to enter Ireland for a four-day trip next month. I have documentation for my lodging, funds, and return ticket, so ordinarily I would be fine to enter. However, I have an ...
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How to create a travel history

I am an Indian student in Germany. Recently, I had applied for a tourist visa for the US and had it refused under 214b. I do not have any travel history either apart from some of the Schengen ...
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I got refused twice for B1 Visa, is it okay to apply once again? [duplicate]

I am from India. I am planning to attend the conference. We are a team of 4 members. 1st Attempt VO: How was your day? Me: Great and how about you? VO: Perfect? What's the purpose of ...
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Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden

I am a Kenyan citizen. I applied for a Schengen visa, via the Swedish embassy, for visiting friends and family. I got my results today and I was denied the visa. I am a student, I will be done with ...
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Overstayed in the USA for 2 years was arrested then deported. When can I return? [closed]

My wife, a Texan native, married me in my home country, the United Kingdom, in 2011, but shortly after had to return to the States for family matters. Six months later I joined her in Texas on a 90-...
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UK visit visa denied for lack of financial proof. Should I reapply, claiming my uncle as a sponsor? [duplicate]

I applied for a visiting visa (priority) from Japan (where I currently live and work) to the UK for 5 days and it got it denied under provisions 4.2 (a, c, e). I am Ukrainian and before coming to the ...
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Schengen visa refusal on threat to public policy, security, health

I applied for German Schengen visa as a medical escort to my relative in a different country from where I reside, but my visa application was refused and the refusal letter was written in German as ...
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UK visa refusal letter suggests mix up of applications. What should we do?

We applied for a visitor visa from Bangladesh to attend a convocation ceremony in the UK. We were handed refusal letters from the VAC. The refusal letter outlined reasons that were clearly from other ...
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Recourse for bad/inaccurate information given on the Home Office help line

The Home Office sponsors a type of help desk where people can call them or exchange emails or even engage in live chat. When someone calls the Home Office with a question about a Visitor Visa and the ...
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Is this a 10-year ban from a UK application?

My friend just received his refusal letter, and he was so distraught to learn that he had been given a 10-year ban on the grounds that he had used deception, because he forgot to mention in this ...
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UK student visitor visa refused, even though I am financed by a government scholarship

I believe my question is not a duplicate of another question. In that question their trip is funded by their father. In mine - not. I don't have a family sponsor but European Commision and Erasmus ...
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UK Family Visitor Visa refused on account of having a criminal conviction, however I've never actually had one. What are my options?

I have been travelling to the UK since 1978. Together with my wife I've applied for a visitor visa as the last one was expiring on 08/07/2016. Since 2001 to 2016 I got my UK visa 7 times. There was a ...
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Refused entry to India

I traveled last week to New Delhi, India. When we reached passport control / immigration we discovered that my valid e-visa had my old passport's number (my travel agent by mistake used the old ...
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Why was I refused 'Leave to Enter' at an airport in the UK (and subsequently removed)?

I recently (Mar 9, 2016) arrived in Gatwick Airport on a visit from the United States (intended 1-1.5 months), mistakenly requesting a visa length of 3 months (I thought visas were issued on a 3 or 6 ...
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UK visa ban based on an allegedly non-genuine Dutch permit

New Edit/information: I am attaching a picture of the original refusal letter. Personally it makes no sense to me as to why they would think it's a fake permit, especially since she personally went to ...
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Can you travel to Canada if banned from the USA?

This page from the Government of Canada indicates the two countries are sharing relevant information. So would Canada refuse entry to someone who is banned from the US because of overstaying?
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Need to travel to UK to retake an exam but my visa application was refused; what are my options?

I am in the merchant navy and I did my naval in Scotland at a UK college which is part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. To advance my career, I need to pass one oral exam conducted by the ...
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Need to understand why my Schengen visa was refused

I applied for a schengen visa, to attend some interviews in Germany. I am a doctor, and a recruiting agency is arranging all the interviews. They provided me with an invitation letter, stating they ...
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What if my visa is refused after I already bought an air ticket?

I am applying for a complicated visa right now and I was told the chance of refusing visa application is high. What happens if my visa is refused and I already have my airplane ticket? My flight is ...
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UK Visa refused once under 320(7A), (false or forged document) and I want to apply again

I got one refusal under 320 (7A) due to wrong information provided by other party. Please check the below refusal letter. The signatory of one document (Leave approval letter from my then employer) ...
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My mother-in-law (US citizen) was refused a UK visa to visit her grandson. What are my options?

I am a British Citizen and my wife is American and has been living and working here in the UK with Indefinite Leave to Remain since 2007. Her Mother, who is the only family she has, visits regularly ...
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What should a sponsor tell the ECO?

Some people who want to visit the UK are unable to do so unless a 3rd party steps in and offers to provide sponsorship. We see a lot of this type of thing on this site; nearly all the refusals have to ...
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I've applied for a UK Standard Visitor visa to attend to my sick husband, but my application was refused. How should I reapply?

I have applied for a UK visitor visa to see my sick husband (who has ILR) in the hospital. It was my very first application ever, as I never intended to go to the UK until I finish my mandatory ...
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Does having no exit record from the UK on my passport risk my visa application for re entering?

I have fairly some complicated questions that cast doubt on my process of applying for a student visa in the UK. I hope you read till the end to understand my situation and apologize in advance for ...
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I have had five prior UK visa refusals, should I still apply for UK tourist visa?

I am from India. I visited the UK twice in 2003, when I was 19 and playing cricket there. Although initially refused, the team manager made arrangements and we received 6-month multiple entry visas. ...
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Not Authorized ESTA, flying tomorrow

Been to the US before, no problem. Flying from Prague to Frankfurt and from Frankfurt to New York tomorrow (2 separate flights) at 11am. My ESTA was not authorised and I found out just today, as I had ...
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UK visit visa refusal for deception; should I reapply?

I am really confused about my refusal letter, and I don't know what I should do now. I want to apply again, but I'm not sure whether I was banned for 10 years or it's just a warning. There is only ...
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I made a mistake on my ESTA, am I screwed?

So, in 2018 I travelled with my family to the U.S using the ESTA system, and there were no issues with that. We have planned another trip to the States this year and I filled out the ESTA form myself ...
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Do I have to mention a 13-year-old refusal in a Tier 4 visa extension application?

I am a current Tier 4 student in the UK, studying at a higher education institution (HEI). I decided to take a placement year last year,so I will have to apply for extension to complete my final year. ...
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UK visitor visa refused due to length of prior stay

I was issued a 6-months UK visa in 2014 and I stayed for 3 months. When I applied again for a visa to the UK, it was refused based on the fact that I stayed for 3 months. They also said in the refusal ...
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