US Embassy ah Visa siau ciang theih huai thucin thutang pawlkhat

Zangkong pan ahi a, mun dang, gam dang khat peuhpeuh pan US pai na ding visa a siaute a ngahlohna hang, ngah theih na ding a hang tuamtuam leh a zum paizia tawh kisai theihuai pawlkhat US Consulate te thu kuppihna tawh kizui in ong hawmsawn nuam ingh.

Based upon some comments on the wall, the Consular Section wanted to give a brief explanation of visas and why people are refused visas to travel to the U.S.

The United States is an open society. Unlike many other countries, the United States does not impose internal controls on most visitors, such as registration with local authorities. In order to enjoy the privilege of unencumbered travel in the United States, aliens have a responsibility to prove they are going to return abroad before a visitor or student visa is issued.

Our immigration law requires consular officers to view every visa applicant as an intending immigrant until the applicant proves otherwise. As a result, in your visa application and at your interview, you must show the consular officer your reasons for visiting the U.S., what specific ties you have to a country other than the U.S., and that you satisfy the requirements for your specific visa category. If after a review of your application and an interview you have not shown the consular officer that you are not an intending immigrant or that you do not meet the visa re, you will be refused under 214b of the Immigration and Naturalization Act.

INA Section 214(b) states:
Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status...

The most frequent basis for such a refusal concerns the requirement that the prospective visitor or student possess a residence abroad he/she has no intention of abandoning. Applicants prove the existence of such residence by demonstrating that they have ties abroad that would compel them to leave the U.S. at the end of the temporary stay. The law places this burden of proof on the applicant.

Strong ties differ from country to country, city to city, individual to individual. Some examples of ties can be a job, a house, a family, a bank account. "Ties" are the various aspects of your life that bind you to your country of residence: your possessions, employment, social and family relationships. However, keep in mind that each person’s situation is different and each person is judged differently. You may feel that you have particularly strong “ties” and may still be refused. You may know people who have obtained visas who have less “ties” than you or who may have lied to obtain a visa, but remember each visa application is judged according to each individual’s situation.

U.S. law does not permit consular officers to accept deposits or bonds in exchange for visas.

Our consular officers are aware of conditions within Burma. During the visa interview they look at each application individually and consider professional, social, cultural and other factors. In cases of younger applicants who may not have had an opportunity to form many ties, consular officers may look at the applicants specific intentions, family situations, and long-range plans and prospects within his or her country of residence. Each case is examined individually and is accorded every consideration under the law. Again, it is up to the applicant to provide proof of their individual “ties.”

Thanks all for the great discussion. Part of the purpose of this page is to give correct information about nonimmigrant visas and to help dispel some of the myths surrounding the process. Regretfully, there are some things we cannot or will not discuss for a variety of reasons. We appreciate those that have taken the time to write responses. Please see below for the answers to frequently asked questions:

Is there an appeals process when someone is denied a visitor’s visa?
No. There is no appeal process for visitor’s visas to the U.S. The consular officer’s decision is final. If you feel that your ties and purpose of visit are qualified, you may reapply. If you do decide to reapply, you must submit a new application, pay the fees again and have another interview with a consular officer. Please understand that even if you do reapply there is no guarantee that you will receive a visa. It just means that you will have another opportunity to show the consular officer that you may now qualify. Please also understand that additional information is not always more paperwork, sometimes it is helpful if you can simply better explain your purpose of travel and that you have significant ties to your home country.

Do I need a sponsor for my travel?
Despite what some responders have advised here, you do not need sponsor in the U.S. However, if you are going to visit family and friends, please make sure that you can explain why you are going, who you are visiting, where they live, and how long you plan to stay in the U.S. Also, be prepared to explain how your friends and/or family went to the U.S. If you are going to tour the U.S., please make sure that you can explain your itinerary completely. Again, remember it is your responsibility to overcome the idea that you are an intending immigrant; you must explain why you are going to the U.S. and overcome 214b.

My ties are just as good as that other applicant, how come mine don’t qualify?
Please remember that every individual case is different. Officers must make decisions on all the information given them. If you didn’t provide enough information to convince an officer that they are significant, you will be refused. Conversely, if you have strong ties to America, including several family members in the U.S., your ties to the U.S. are as strong as they are to your home country, and you may be refused.

-One of several methods applicants use to show the ties to their county is through international travel. If you travel to other countries and then return to Burma, it shows that your ties are important enough to you that you will return to your home country.

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