Access Denied: Business Visas are Being Rejected by USCIS

Access Denied: Business Visas are Being Rejected by USCIS


One of the most common visas to enter the U.S. is the B1/B2 combo-visa for tourists and business travelers. International entrepreneurs who come to the U.S. for a business meeting, to sign an agreement or to attend a conference usually need this visa. It’s one of the most common visas but getting approved for a B1/B2 visa is not as easy as it might seem. 

Increased Refusal Rates

The alarming refusal rates show that more and more of these visas for foreign business owners are being rejected. In fact, over the last year, nearly 1/3 of these visas are being denied. The refusal rates are even higher if you are a traveler from Venezuela (74% refusals), Haiti (67% refusals) or Cuba (51% refusals). Miami, being home to a large population of Venezuelans, Haitians and Cubans, will probably be first notice the denial rates.

Tougher Interviews Fuel Denials

Before receiving the B1/B2 visa, applicants traveling for business must generally go to an in-person interview in their home country. The interview is where most of the applicants are denied their visa for entry. The interviewing officer grills the business traveler to find out their plans, where they plan on going, what they will be doing and most importantly, when they plan to leave the U.S. If the officer has any inclination that the travel might not leave the U.S., their visa will inevitably be denied.



ESTA Visa Waiver

Travelers that are from any of the 38 listed countries may be eligible to avoid applying for a B1/B2 visa by using the ESTA Visa Waiver System. This allows business travelers to bypass the regular visa requirements for short-term business travel. Particularly, those from Chile, Spain and Portugal can apply for the visa waiver program to stay in the U.S. for no more than 3 months. 

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