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Can you Guess Why Indian Students F1 Visa is Denied Under Section 214b?

reasons for 214b usa visa rejections denials

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.


  1. Manjula on August 9, 2019 at 4:52 AM

    I appeared for F1 visa 3 days ago. My visa got rejected on grounds of 214b. The ineterviwer asked my marital status, I said divorced. Next she asked me about my financial statement, I said I have a savings of 35 Lakhs as I have been working for 9 years now, as a backup I family has as asset worth Rs 2 cr India. My visa got rejected. Kindly guide me what should i do now. 1) Should I show a bank loan for more financial statement? 2) I do not have any property in my name, its in my father’s name and my father is no more. In that case how do I make my case strong about me coming back to India? I had also mentioned I will be joining my present company back, despite which my visa got rejected. Is there any way I can make my case strong. Kindly guide me.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 9, 2019 at 9:55 AM

      Sorry to hear about your denial. I think VO should have thought you will not return back after your studies.

  2. Riddhi on July 15, 2019 at 7:13 AM

    i live in new New Delhi and had planned my bachelors in Germany but because i was a bEtter scholarship in US i switched my mind to USA . i had 97% marks in my 12th and was school topper. all my documents including I-20, DS-160,all the letters from the college of Albany and other documents were perfect and still i was denied a F. i have my orientation on 19 August with all the flights booked. apart from the college in US i have not applied anywhere else and i feel as if i am stuck in a silent sea now. i was denied visa on grounds of 214(b) where the interviewer did not even ask any question related to my intent in staying in US after my studies,our conversation lasted for not more than 3 minutes. i am deeply heartbroken right now. what do you think are the chances of getting a visa if i re-apply and are there any tips that you suggest ? or shall i forget about the US college and look for some other international platform?

    • Mizumi Setia on July 29, 2019 at 4:07 AM

      Hi Riddhi.
      Did you reapply?

  3. Krishna sai GEETLA on July 16, 2018 at 5:18 AM

    Hi, I got b1/b2 visa in 2015 ad haven’t travelled to U.S…after completing my engg. from no.1 private university , with 18 backlog and an international paper publication, I got rejected on july16 2018 after asking 2 questions and about my backlogs( she didn’t ask the reason though I could explain it…it was just a 1min interview) . Shud I apply again and how to overcome if they won’t ask the reason

  4. Mahinder singh on September 23, 2017 at 7:00 AM

    Raghu Sir I want to share my problem
    Can you please share your contact no.

  5. Anonymous on February 17, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Because they are Indians and many US embassy staffs are racists, uncivil and uneducated. That’s why. Anyone who look like Middle Eastern Asian or Indian would be mistreated. I’m not surprise, because even if you argue which is sometimes inevitable in some situations or ask few questions then they will mistreat you and deny your visa to 214(b). For. instance, I’m not an Indian but a Eurasian who look somewhat like a Turkic or Middle Eastern Asian and I got my visa denied to 214(b) simply because I was arguing about my bank statement even if I did not refuse to bring it but it was also inevitable because I had only 10 days to fly to US to attend mandatory orientation. They must understand that they are not Gods that no one can argue or ask a question. Looks like we cannot even have rights to express our speech at US embassy so how could they be freedom loving people? This also means that my certificate for my eligibility for F1 visa (college’s acceptance package) was useless and does not prove or certify anything even if it stated that my english proficiency level was good and i had more than a minimum requirement of 18,000 dollars. Both of them had bullied me by asking wrong questions that they are not suppose to ask like “are you going to argue” and “do you still want your visa”. So i replied “I did not say that I will not bring my bank statement even if I was arguing but I would like to know if I can bypass this procedure since I had only 10 days to fly there” and my second reply to their second redundant dumb question was “Yes of course and this is why I came to your embassy to obtain F1 visa”. The mad, uneducated rude lady had radically changed her visa denied status paper from 221(g) to 214(b) for apparently no reason. At the end, they shut down the counter’s curtain in my face without giving further instructions and left their chair. Anyway, whether I was arguing or not but a sane-minded human being especially at a diplomat level must still learn to control themselves and not taking things too personal and learn to behave like civilized educate people but not like a 5 yr old child or a rude idiot. I wonder if they are even a real diplomat because this not how diplomats should behave like especially at places like embassy. I demanded an explanation for my visa denial and I also demanded an official apology for rude, uncivilized behaviour or for the mistreatment against me by their embassy staffs but I never receive any answer from them by email. Basically, they can deny your visa for apparently no reason or for over stupidity. Just boycott USA and isolate them for eternity and let them starve to death since it is their country which is bankrupt and not us so we don’t give a crap at the end and it should not be a big deal for us. Boycott all their products or at least do a 98% or 99% boycott like I’m doing for more than 3 years. There are so many other better countries to study abroad or to visit. Why going to a collapsing country where there will be no good future for us? This is what happens when they hire incompetent rude idiots to work in their US embassies. Now, it’s even much more worse since after Donald Trump took office. I think that Indians like Africans and other Asians were mistreated and can easily get their US visa denied simply because they are Indians or Asians and I’m very serious about this. Just like many other americans, these US embassy staffs are uncivil, rude and they don’t know how to respect others with dignity so why do foreign investors still want to invest in their bankrupt economy? They don’t even welcome us. Oh well, looks like their bankrupt country is not getting our money any time soon. Anyway, F**k them. I’m also glad that Iran had recently banned all US citizens from entering their country and I hope that other countries would do the same. If americans cannot behave nicely then what are they doing in our country??? How about they get out from our country?! Go Home, Yanks!! No wonder why anti-americanism is very common nowadays…

  6. Ibrahim Ahmed Shareef on August 18, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    I’m Ibrahim Ahmed Shareef. I have attended visa interview for two times, one in mumbai and another in Hyderabad and unfortunately got rejected both the times. I’m planning to do my bachelor’s in USA. Please say what should I do! Should i give my interview once again or settle with what I have currently.

    Please reply..!!!!

  7. preet on May 29, 2016 at 2:29 AM

    is pursuing a masters in Canada a better idea than USA because of visa issues and h1b lottery and no guarantee of permanent residency?

    please help me

    • OOzy on September 6, 2017 at 11:36 PM

      more opportunities in the US, and dont think about the PR for the time being.

  8. Rama on May 25, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Why Indian Students F1 Visa is Denied.. Not only F1… H1 all visas. Comon Raghu.. Why only Indians have visa issue everywhere, I am not talking about USA but all countries have same issue.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on May 25, 2016 at 3:52 PM

      Did you actually read the contents? Context is based on the contents.

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