Points to Keep in Mind
It's Not Luck
Despite what some people might tell you, luck has nothing to do with whether or not you receive a nonimmigrant visa. Consular officers base their decisions solely on the law, the regulations and Department of State policy.
The Importance of the Interview and Application Forms
The personal interview with the consular officer (if one is required) and the information that the applicant provides in writing on the application forms are critical elements of the visa process. As a result of the large number of people applying for visas each day, the interviews are often short. It is essential that the visa applicant be able to describe a clear, coherent travel plan and provide accurate answers to all written and oral questions. Inconsistent, inaccurate or unrealistic answers make it difficult for the consular officer to conclude that the proposed trip is temporary in nature, or that the applicant is otherwise qualified for a visa.
A Word of Caution
The consequences of fraud are extremely serious. Not only will you run the risk of permanently losing your chance to travel to the United States, you may also be subject to criminal penalties. Form DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Application) contains the following certification that the applicant must digitally sign:
- “I certify under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.”
If you have information concerning fraud that you wish to share with the Consular Section, please e-mail the Fraud Prevention Unit at FPMBogota@state.gov