Category Archives: Visa Refusal Rates

How Does the Department of State Count Visa Denials? Or “When is a Visa Refusal Not a Refusal?”

In our previous blog, we highlighted the worldwide B visa refusal rates.  But those DOS published rates do not convey the entire picture. As any politician knows, when making any tally, the actual number is not important, but how one … Continue reading

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Visa Trends – Higher Refusal Rates in 2015

The Department of State recently published its 2015 refusal statistics for B visas.  Several countries exceed the 60% mark: Syria, Gambia, Federated States of Micronesia, Mauritania, Liberia, Laos, Haiti, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Cuba, and Afghanistan.  Among the most populous countries, … Continue reading

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Russian Visa Applicants Struck by 221(g) Epidemic

Via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, I was able to obtain visa statistics (221gMoscowstats0001)  for the US Embassy in Moscow.  Russian visa applicants are no exception to the epidemic of 221(g) decisions around the world.  From 2007-2012, the number of … Continue reading

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Department of State Publishes 2012 Visa Refusal Statistics

The Department of State has just published its annual B visa denial statistics. This year,the big news is the marked decline in the rate of denial for Chinese visitor visa (B) applicants – from 12% in 2011 to 8.5% in … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part III: Mandatory Travel to Western Europe or “Since when is Spain not a part of Western Europe?”

American law requires that visitor visa applicants have ties to their home country that will ensure that they will return after a visit to the United States.  However, consular officers at the US Embassy in Moscow have recently reinstated another … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow – Part I: Refusal Rate of Russians Doubled. How are Russians worse than Brazilians?

Let us start with the big picture. The refusal rate by the US Embassy in Moscow doubled from 2009 to 2010: from 4.9% to 10.3%.  The official statistics can be found at these links: http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/FY10.pdf http://www.travel.state.gov/pdf/FY09.pdf Only five countries had … Continue reading

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US Embassy in Moscow: What Changed?

Over the past year, the number of complaints we have received regarding the US Embassy in Moscow has increased exponentially.  What changed? Over the next month, we will discuss this in more detail on this blog.

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How the Department of State Empowers Extortionists and Miscreants

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Visa Statistics – Moscow Refusal Rate Doubles; India Rate Remains at Over 25%; Ukraine Rate Dips

The Department of State has published its visa statistics for 2010.  The statistics have confirmed what we have seen in our everyday practice: the US Embassy in Moscow has doubled its nonimmigrant visa refusal rate.   It is no wonder … Continue reading

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