The Challenges of Getting a Denial in Your US Tourist Visa / B1 B2 Application

First Impressions (almost always) Lasts! 


It hits you harder than a rock and messes up the rest of your day.   Some feel angry that they were not given enough time to explain themselves.  Others regret for not being able to speak their minds during the interview.  Others simply explain it away by reasoning that the US Consulate Officer simply was not in the mood or was having a bad day.    For some, it was a substantial lost of finances and time.


Either ways, it was still denial.  You will have to walk out of that imposing US Embassy Consulate and wonder if the person alongside you had a denial also.  Looking for sympathy ey?  It is a record that is permanent inside the US Embassy and in your psyche for now.  But hope is not lost, it can be undone with a subsequent successful application.  The challenge is HOW?


Oh yes! I will remember you on our first meeting!

Oh yes! I will remember you on our first meeting!

Yes, first impressions (almost always) lasts! 

–to the detriment of most US Tourist Visa applicants.


This is the main reason why applicants with previous denials have difficulty in getting approvals or visa grants.  The US Embassy has records of all your previous applications and this is a reference point and yardstick for all future applications.  The difficulty is how to undo and change that prevailing mindset and momentum of that record.


The US Tourist Visa Application has always been a fascination and passion for me because I feel for the applicant whether they get denied or approved.   I know because I have been there.  I am also very fascinated at the psychology of the Consulate Officers as they profile an applicant.


It is like an FBI type of work for me.  Investigating, interrogating, scrutinizing, questioning, and digging into motives and intentions of the applicant so that I can advise him best in getting that US Tourist Visa approval.


It is an art for me for the past 11 years to teach and advise applicants how to navigate the heavily ‘trapped” US Tourist Visa application process and interview so that they could come out unscathed and successful.


I have many new clients who give me these feedback after they ventured on their own when applying for a US Tourist Visa Application.  Some have a history of one denial, others two, and some three.  I have not encountered stories of fourth denials. I am thinking maybe because most have given up or some have “wised” up in seeking advise prior to another attempt.


In general, I know that based on honesty and intentions, about 90% of applicants deserve to be granted a US Tourist Visa.  These applicants have no intentions of being illegals or plan to be TNTs (Tago ng Tago) in the US.  Sadly, about 80% of B1 or B2 Applications (another name for the US Tourist Visa) each day result in a denial.  I had my successful applicants count in their interview windows the number of approved vs denied applicants.




So why is a denial record disadvantageous to you?



-It sets the tone and mood for ALL your next US Tourist Visa applications

-You can be caught in an assumed lie when your subsequent application form (DS-160) looks or feels different when checked by the Consulate Officer

-It is harder to undo the prevailing bias and momentum because of the previous record

-It gives the applicant unnecessary psychological stress

-It wastes finances unnecessarily when in fact an approval could have been achieved.  Lost of finances are multiplied for those with family members and those coming from the provinces.


The solution


If you have not experience any denials yet, the most important solution is not to get a denial in the first place.  There is no one formula that will give you an approval.   Be smart!  Seek advice!    The US Embassy has no record of you or any bias.  Take advantage of this clean slate by seeking help.  I have heard and known of many smart Alecs boldly thinking they could easily make it and whimpering after a denial.


Believe me, reality will only hit once the denial is received.   Nasa huli ang pagsisisi. 



I don’t want that to happen to you.


Now for those with denials, what is the solution?  Tune in for the next blogpost.  It is going to be very meaty and you will love it!

Message me if you have questions.  I care for your approval!  Click HERE

Congratulations to Ms. Rose Mendoza for a US Tourist Visa Approval! (08 January 2016)

Congratulations to Ms Rose Mendoza for getting a US Tourist Visa approval today!  What a great start for 2016 for her!  Her application went smoothly and everything was flawless.

This is what she had to say:

The US VISA COACH MASTER PACKAGE made securing the appointment seamless!  I was able to secure the right appointment immediately.  The package was very helpful and it gave me the confidence to get the approval.

No wasted time and effort for her and most especially the expensive application fee!  Congratulations again and I delight in your success!  The US VISA COACH

Her profile: single, under 30

Important Announcement on Visa Waiver Program

There has been no change in US visa policy for Philippine citizens wishing to travel to the United States. The Philippines has not been added to the list of countries eligible for participation in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). If there are any changes regarding VWP-participant countries, the information will be reflected on this website. 

Electronic Devices are Not Allowed Inside the Embassy

For the safety and security of all applicants and employees, visa applicants are NOT PERMITTED to bring the following into the Embassy:

  • any kind of electronic and battery-operated devices (mobile phone, digital camera, laptop, music player, portable game consoles such as PSP, USB thumb drive, mobile tablet, etc.)
  • lighter and any flame-generating device
  • sharp objects
  • any device with an On/Off switch

Applicants who bring such devices will be denied entry and will be requested to book a new interview appointment.

 Please make arrangements to leave your electronic equipment in a safe location off Embassy grounds BEFORE your interview appointment. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.

Filipino Passports with Valid US Visas Can Apply for an Online Taiwan Visa

The nationals of India, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia, who possess a valid visa (including an electric one) (**) or permanent resident certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand, are eligible for the visa exemption program, which permits a duration of stay up to 30 days. Those who meet the above qualification and have never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar workers have to apply to the “Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan” of the R.O.C. National Immigration Agency (website: for an “Authorization Certificate” before coming to Taiwan. After completion, the printed-out Certificate can be used by the foreign visitor for boarding the airplane and the immigration inspection.


New US Tourist Visa Fee

The Department of State published an interim final rule (IFR) in the Federal Register on August 28, 2014 announcing fee changes for certain nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications, immigrant visa (IV) applications, administrative and citizens’ services.  The new fees will become effective 15 days after the rule was published, on September 12, 2014.

The new US Tourist Visa Fee for a B1 / B2 visa will be $160.