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Debunking 5 common myths about travel visas

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2023 | Immigration

Florida is one of the most popular areas for international travelers in the United States. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation floating around surrounding travel visas.

You can’t reapply for a travel visa

One of the most common myths about travel visas is that an applicant can’t reapply if they’ve had a previous application denied by the US immigration. Those applying for a B-1 or B-2 travel visa may reapply. However, they must fill out a new application and pay another application fee.

Meeting the requirements guarantees a visa

Contrary to what you’ve heard, meeting the basic requirements for a travel visa does not guarantee approval of your application. Each application receives a review on a case-by-case basis. With that in mind, consular offices may reject applications for several reasons.

Money makes the world go ‘round

It’s not uncommon for applicants to think that having a lot of money in their bank account helps their chances of approval. While consular offices consider an applicant’s financial status, more money doesn’t guarantee the approval of an application. Depositing a large sum of money into your bank account to have “show money” may hurt your chances of approval.

Certain times of year are better than others

Another popular misconception about travel visas is that applying around major holidays increases your chances of approval. Consular offices use the same criterion for evaluating applications regardless of the date.

Prior trips to the US guarantees approval

While it’s true that having previous travel history to the United States helps establish that you have ties to a home country, it does not guarantee approval. Some previous travel history can prove detrimental. If applicants violated immigration law on a previous visit, their chances would decrease.

There are very few guarantees regarding B-1 and B-2 travel visas. However, applicants who provide truthful information on their applications have little to worry about.