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Sixteen faculty-led study abroad program professors awarded UTSA Travel Grants

Sixteen UTSA professors are able to lower the costs of their summer 2016 faculty-led programs thanks to a $1,000 travel grant offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Initiatives. generic image for travel story
These professors, who will lead ten different education abroad experiences...

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Visa Denial & Delays

If a visa is denied, the consular official should give the applicant the reason(s) for denial in writing. The denial letter will specify which section of the law was applied in your case.

If a specific document is lacking the consul will give written notice to the applicant explaining which documents are needed. This is called a 221(g) letter.
You should collect the missing documents and arrange to deliver them to the consular officer. You may need to return for a follow-up interview.

If you are denied under any section of the law other than 221(g), you will have to reapply at a later date.

You may be denied under sections 214(b) or 212(a):

  • If you are denied under 214(b), we do not recommend re-applying unless your personal circumstances, that prove your non-immigrant intent, change significantly or you feel that you did not present all the information the officer would have needed to approve your visa.
  • The U.S. Department of State explains visa denials in detail.
  • U.S. Department of State Classes of Aliens Ineligible to Receive Visas

Visa Delays

  • It generally takes 2-4 weeks to obtain a visa from either a U.S. consulate or embassy abroad.
  • If your application requires a background check or you will be engaging in research in a sensitive area, there may be further delay as these checks are performed.