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F-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


In what situations can my F-1 visa be denied?

Your F-1 visa application may be denied if:

  • You intend to make an application in a 'third country' (e.g., you are from P.R. China, but you intend to go to Canada to obtain an F-1 visa)
  • This is your first application for an F-1 visa
  • You are returning home after a long stay in the U.S. (Three or more years)
  • There is a serious political or economic crisis in your home country
  • You are engaged in practical training after the completion of your academic program
  • You have limited time to obtain your visa. (Your visit will only be for a short period of time)
  • You are waiting for the results of an application for permanent residency (immigrant status) or you are married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

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What can I do if my visa request is denied?

If your visa application is denied, before you leave the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, obtain an explanation of the specific reason you are denied the visa and ask about re-application procedures. Also, try to obtain the full name of the officer who interviewed you, as well as her or his fax number. The International Student and Scholar Office at the school you attend or plan to attend may be able to help you, if you can provide this information.

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