International Services

Qualifying for a Visa

Applicants for visitor visas must show that they qualify under provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Applicants must demonstrate that they are properly classifiable as visitors under U.S. law. The presumption in the law is that every visitor visa applicant is an intending immigrant. Therefore, applicants for visitor visas must overcome this presumption by demonstrating that:

  • The purpose of their trip is to enter the U.S. for business, pleasure, or medical treatment
  • That they plan to remain for a specific, limited period
  • There is evidence of funds to cover expenses in the United States
  • There is evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad
  • They have a residence outside the U.S. as well as other binding ties which will insure their return abroad at the end of the visit





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Last Modified: February 12, 2014
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