Consular Officer: “Im sorry but this time, you do not qualify for a U.S. visa.”
If you do not qualify for a nonimmigrant visa under Section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, you will receive a blue letter from the Consular Officer at the end of the interview. A Section 214(b) refusal typically means that you were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the nonimmigrant visa for which you applied.
U.S. immigration law assumes that all applicants to enter the United States are intending immigrants. It is up to the applicant to prove to the Consular Officer that he/she is NOT an intending immigrant and will use the issued non-immigrant visa appropriately. One requirement states that an applicant needs to demonstrate that he/she has a residence in a foreign country which he/she has no intention of abandoning in order to receive a visa.
While conducting visa interviews, consular officers look at each application individually and consider the applicant’s circumstances, travel plans, financial resources, and ties outside of the United States that will ensure the applicant’s departure after a temporary visit.
What do you mean by “ties”(ugnayan)?
Ties (ugnayan) are various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence, like your profession, employment, and social and family relationships. All of these factors are considered in the process, and U.S. immigration law requires that the visa application be refused if these strong ties are not apparent.
In the case of younger applicants, who may not have had an opportunity to establish such ties, interviewing officers may look at educational status, grades, the situation of parents, and an applicant’s long-range plans and prospects in the Philippines. As each person’s situation is different, there is no one answer as to what constitutes adequate ties.
For more information, please check our blog posts:
Social, Family, and Economic Ties (NIV)
I Received the Blue Letter. When Can I Reapply?
214(b) Refusals (NIV)
When an NIV Visa Is Denied (NIV)
Visitor Visas – B1/B2 (NIV)