What to Do If Your Visa Petition was Denied

The immigration petition process can be a long and complicated one. Anyone trying to obtain a United States visa must follow the proper procedures and wait until their petition is reviewed. In some cases, a visa petition may not be granted. If your visa petition was denied, you may still have some options.

Find Out Why Your Petition Was Denied

The first thing you must do is to determine exactly why your visa was denied. You will have received a letter from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informing you of the status of your petition. The letter provides you with specific details regarding the denial. There are a number of reasons why your visa may have been denied.

Reasons Why a Visa May Be Denied

A visa may be denied because your application was missing important documentation. If so, you may be able to provide the missing information or reapply. The reason for denial of a temporary visa may be that you have failed to prove that you maintain sufficient ties to your homeland. There may be more than one reason for a denial. It is helpful to speak with a qualified immigration attorney to answer your questions and help you work through the details of the petition.

Provide As Much Information as Possible

One of the common mistakes that visa applicants make is to provide too little information with their petition. This can cause a delay in your application, or even a denial. For this reason, it is always best to provide more information, rather than too little. The petition application will provide you with a list of documentation that is required. Use this as a guideline. In some cases, it may take some time to gather the information that is needed. However, the time is well spent because it can keep you from having your visa denied.

Appeal the Decision or Reapply

In some instances, you may be allowed to appeal the visa decision. If that is the case, you will need to gather any missing documentation and file an appeal. Sometimes an appeal is not allowed. If not, you must reapply for a visa. If you need to reapply, the process will start over from the beginning, and you must pay application fees again. Before taking any action, contact an attorney to learn what options are available to you and how to best proceed.

Call the legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to help you resolve your visa petition problems.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding Your Visa Petition was Denied, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.