Washington, DC asked in Immigration Law for District of Columbia

Q: Can my brother be denied a US visitor visa because I have credit card debt or an open case? I am a naturalized citizen.

I am a naturalized US citizen and am currently visiting my immediate family in Burkina Faso where I am originally from. My brother applied for a US visitor visa and is told by the US Embassy on 6/22/18 that his request is denied due to code 214(b). My brother stated the embassy told him I have charges in the US. My wife pulled my record andI have 2 active judgements for unpaid loans as I recently lost my business. My wife believes my brother is denied as his application stated he would visit me in the US and I am currently in Burkina Faso until mid July. I appreciate all input provided as I am very confused by this situation and it seems odd to me. Thank you!

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1 Lawyer Answer

Carl Shusterman

  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Los Angeles, CA

A: There is no legal basis for such a denial. However, consular officers can always deny visas in the exercise of their discretion.

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