Don't let Section 214(b) and 221(g) stand between you and your U.S. Visa dreams

214(b) is a section of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that states that a non-immigrant applicant for a visitor visa must prove that they have a permanent residence in their home country, and that their stay in the U.S. would be temporary.

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221(g) is a section of the INA that states that the U.S. embassy or consulate has the authority to deny a visa if the applicant fails to provide required documents, or if additional processing or investigation is needed.


Possible Reasons for U.S.A F-1 Student Visa Rejection (214B)

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  • Non-Career enhancement course - Enrollment in perceived non-career enhancement courses under section 214(b) of the USA student visa is not allowed. If the US Department of State determines that these courses are not suitable for a student visa and should not be used as a means to obtain a visa.
  • Application of older students - Under section 214(b) older students must prove that they have a valid reason for wanting to pursue their studies in the United States and that they plan to return to their
  • Failure to demonstrate strong ties to country of residences - As per 221(g) US Embassy will review the applicant’s connection to their home country to assess whether or not they are likely to return upon the completion of their studies. If the applicant’s ties are not strong enough, the visa may be denied.
  • Insufficient academic qualifications - The US Embassy will assess the applicant’s academic qualifications to ensure they are qualified to pursue the studies in question, under 214(b) section. If the applicant does not meet the minimum requirements for the program, the visa may be denied.

How to Re-apply

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Visa Assistance from an Ex-Consular Officer

If you have been denied for US visa under section 214(b) and 221(g), the best thing is to take advice from our Consular Officers , who are Ex- US Embassy employees. Our experienced officers will be able to provide you with accurate guidance on how to best proceed with your visa application. They can assess your individual situation and provide advice on the best course of action for re-applying for a visa as they themselves know that US Embassy process system is looking for.


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  • The process for reapplying for a US student visa is similar to the initial application process. You will need to complete the DS-160 online application form, submit a valid passport, pay the visa application fee, and schedule an appointment at a US embassy or consulate.

  • The standard for re-applying for a US student visa under Section 214(b) is that applicants must demonstrate to the consular officer that they have strong ties to their home country and intend to return there after their studies in the US. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have the financial resources to cover their studies and living expenses in the US.

    1. You must provide proof of strong ties to your home country, including evidence of financial support, employment, or family ties.
    2. You must show that you have a legitimate purpose for traveling to the United States.
    3. You must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the cost of living and tuition in the United States.
    4. You must show that you plan to return to your home country after completing your studies.
    5. You must demonstrate that you are a bona fide student and that you have the ability to pursue your proposed course of study.
    6. You must demonstrate that you have complied with all the terms and conditions of your previous visa.
    7. You must show that you have not violated any U.S. immigration laws.
    1. Incomplete required documents
    2. Inadequate financial resources
    3. Unclear purpose of visit
    4. Unclear/inconsistent statements
    5. Lack of sufficient ties to home country
    6. Unsatisfactory academic record
    7. Insufficient English language proficiency
    8. Unauthorized employment
    9. Ineligibility under immigration law
    10. Failure to appear for visa interview
  • The first step is to review the refusal notice to determine why the visa was refused. This can help you better prepare your application and documents for the new application. After you have reviewed the refusal notice, you can submit a new visa application and supporting documents. In most cases, you should also submit the original 221(g) refusal notice with your application. If any additional documents or information is required, you should submit them as well. After submitting your application and documents, you will be required to appear for a visa interview with a consular officer.