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Fiance Visa Denial Rates 2018

  • POSTED: October 29, 2018
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  • POSTED BY: LawrenceGruner

Fiance Visa Denial Rates

Please also see our video below explaining the top 10 reasons fiance visas are denied.

 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an interesting story recently titled “We fell in love before we met: Wisconsin Man sues over visa denial for his Chinese Fiance”.  The article is about an American man who is trying to compel the U.S.government to reactivate a fiance visa application after a fiance visa denial.

The article quoted Edward Fallone, a Marquette Law School professor who taught immigration law for years, saying that he’s not surprised at (the U.S. Citizen’s) predicament, given the current policies on immigration.

“Definitely, any opportunity for a discretionary denial, that’s going to be exercised against the immigrant and their admission,” Fallone said.  (Discretionary means that it is left up to individual choice or judgment.)

The article cited the Center for Immigration Studies stating that foreign national fiancée visas were approved about 99% of the time by consulates in 2015 but dropped to about 80% in 2016 and so far this year (2018) is running about 67%. (This would appear to mean that in 2015  if a fiance visa case made it through the USCIS level and the National Visa Center (NVC) level the case would almost certainly( 99% chance) make it through at the final embassy/consulate level.)

I would expect this number to continue to decline as we move forward and I would not be surprised , given the current political climate, that this number dips into the 50 percent range over the next year or two. (Update: according to a report the number has in fact dropped into the 50 percent range in late 2018)

The decline began before the current President took office, in part due to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., in December  2015. One of the shooters, Tasheen Malik, had entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa. She and her husband died in a shootout with police after the couple killed 14 people and wounded 22 others.  After this incident USCIS started looking more carefully at fiance visa cases.  This coupled with the current political climate in the U.S. are likely key reasons why the current approval rate for fiance visas is in the 50% range.

Anyone considering filing a fiance visa should read this article in order to get a feel for the fiance visa process and about the discretion immigration officers have in fiance visa cases. You may wish to read our very popular blog article: “Top 10 Things You Should Know About the Fiance Visa Process.”

Why are Fiance Visa Cases Denied?  Here are the Top 10 Reasons.

Given the current high denial rates you should, at a minimum, consult with an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any documentation with USCIS.  We are happy to consult with you free of charge about your situation.  We will review all of your options, including the fiance visa option to help you determine the best course of action for you and your family.  If we end up working  together on your fiance visa case, or marriage green card case, our fees are very competitive and easy monthly payment plans are available.

Lawrence Gruner is an immigration attorney with over 25 years of experience handling immigration cases. He can be reached at 888-801-6558 or 916-760-7270 or you may email him at attorneygruner@gmail.com  There is no charge to ask him fiance visa questions where no legal research is involved.  His office handles fiance visa cases in California, the United States and the World.

This article is informational in nature and does not take the place of a consultation with an experienced immigration attorney.  Always, at a minimum, consult with an immigration attorney prior to filing any documents with USCIS.  All the best to you!

 

 

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