Do you know why do so many Indian’s U.S. Visa is refused under 214(b) potential Immigrant category?
I don’t have an answer. I bet you don’t know as well. We can read, review and analyze all we want from F1 visa interview experiences. But, the actual reason for rejection for F1 Visa students can only be described by visa officers. Rightly so, I happen to stumble upon this Quora thread where Annika Schauer ( Ex-Visa Officer) wrote about 214(b) visa rejection reasons for Indian F1 students.
Reasons for F1 Visa Denial under 214b
It isn’t that hard to get a visa.
I assume you are asking about 214b refusals for categories where 214b applies.
I’ve worked at a number of consulates and embassies and issued visas in a number of countries (primarily India). Here is what I have noticed.
A far greater number of Indians apply for visas. Greater by a factor of 10, even 100, sometimes even 1000, than other countries.
[highlight]Visa applicants (in countries outside of India) tend to self-select, so only a certain caliber of applicant appears for a visa.[/highlight]
In other words, people only apply if they think it’s very likely they will receive a visa. Applicants tend to be better educated, more traveled, higher income, and more settled in their country of origin.
For some reason, a much broader cross section of Indians applies for visas. You are likely to see all sorts of Indian applicants.
On the one hand, you will have the extremely well-qualified applicants.
On the other, you will see hundreds of young adult applicants who, although functionally illiterate and unable to pay for a U.S. education, have nonetheless applied for an F-1 visa to an obscure liberal arts college they know nothing about, to the extent that they don’t know what U.S. state it is in.
What I have noticed is that embassies and consulates outside of India apply even stricter scrutiny to visa applicants, but the overall qualifications of applicants tend to be higher, because the applicants themselves only request a visa when they are reasonably sure of issuance.
There you have it. She worded it correctly.
Why do you think all that deportations from various Port entry was happening? I believe that it’s because of the same reason she listed above.
[highlight]On the other, you will see hundreds of young adult applicants who, although functionally illiterate and unable to pay for a U.S. education, have nonetheless applied for an F-1 visa to an obscure liberal arts college they know nothing about, to the extent that they don’t know what U.S. state it is in.[/highlight]
I think with after 300 or so students were denied entries into U.S.A. back in December 2015 should have sent a message loud and clear to those who are trying desperately to get into U.S.A. on an F-1 visa to attend obscure schools.
Plus, there’s no reason for someone to attending an F1 interview for 2,3 or 5 times after 214(b) denial. If you don’t have the skills to recognize why your visa was denied in the first place, then how could fix those issues in first place. Result? More rejections.