While California residents don’t have to deal with the stress of applying for a US travel visa, it’s not uncommon for them to have friends and loved ones trying to navigate the process. While the US government has the final say on which visas receive approval and which applications face denial, some easily avoidable mistakes can significantly improve an applicant’s chances.
Form DS-160 errors
Filling out Form DS-160 is the first step in applying for a US travel visa, and it’s often the step where people make critical mistakes. This form, which is available online, is editable after submission, but it’s important to fill out every section accurately. Any misinformation or mistakes may result in the government denying the application.
Third country problems
It’s harder to apply for a US travel visa when you aren’t living in the country where your citizenship is. Statistics indicate that denial rates are higher for those applying from a “third country.”
Countries with high denial rates
The United States government considers some countries “high risk.” With that in mind, applicants pursuing a B-1 or B-2 travel visa often face more difficulties if they live in those countries. While there is very little that an applicant can do if they live in a “high-risk” country, it is important to consider the possibility of an application not receiving approval.
Not having a plan
When reviewing visa applications, US government officials want to know why the applicant plans on visiting the US. One of the best things that an applicant can have on hand is a detailed travel itinerary. This written plan dramatically improves the chances of a travel visa application’s approval.
There are some aspects of travel visa applications that are out of the hands of the applicant. However, some easily avoidable mistakes can improve the applicant’s chances.