Shared in comments section by Chitran Jha
Yesterday, my US visa was rejected along with my wife under 214(b).
I was going to the US for a buyer-seller meet where I was supposed to display my articles. This was organized by the US market cosul along with Council of Leather exports which is a Govt. of India apex body.
We had the relevant docs but the interviewer didn’t ask for it once she heard by salary was less.
Actually, I am a part of my family business which I have joined some time back and have not yet become the partner. I applied as the CEO and showed a salary of 40,000 INR/month. This is due to the nature of business and turnover and profit we could not show any more.
She asked : Why are you going to the US?”
I told :”Council of Leather Exports which is an apex body of the Govt. of India is organizing a Buyer seller meet in association with the Marketing Consul of US and we were going to display our articles there as we have booked a stall.”
She asked me where in US we were going to which I told NY.
She again asked me why we were going to the US and I told the same thing.
Then she asked my wife just 2 questions.
US consul: “Why did you go to Japan?”
Wife:”on vacation with parents.”
US Consul: “Your husband did not go?”
Wife:”No, we were not married then. It was some years ago.”
She asked me ” Do you both only stay together?”
I said “No, we live with my parents.”
Then she asked us if we have kids to which we answered negatively. Then she again turned to me and asked my salary.
I told her : “40,000 per month along with a new car and my fuel cost and my mobile and telecom bills are borne by my company”, but after the 40,000 bit she simply started typing and was not interested with the rest.
Then she typed something and told us to give fingerprints and returned our passport stating that she did not find we have enough ties here.
Do you think it was rejected as my salary shown was too low?
Now within the next month, I am supposed to become the partner of my family business.
I will be the 50% partner of the firm. The turnover of my company is not huge, but around 10 crores per year.
Now if I apply the next time with this updated fact as I will have the deeds and the balance sheet, which are correct do I have a chance of getting a visa. I will apply maybe after quite some time, and not immediately.
As for my wife, she was not asked anything at all, except why she had been to Japan to which she answered that it was for leisure with parents before we were married. She works with Wipro and earns around 73000 per month.
Will she face problem next time she goes for the interview as her visa has been rejected once? Or should she apply for a tourist visa separately the next time? Or should she accompany me as I can then show that I have a business here in which I have half the stake and I would come back. Please help me understand if all this will help.