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Why would the United States embassy or consulate deny an immigrant visa?

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The United States embassy or consulate might deny the immigrant visa for a variety of reasons. From an administrative perspective, immigrant visas can be denied for failing to present requested documents, a divorce decree for example; incorrectly completing documents, or failing to provide adequate evidence of ability to financially support the spouse.

From a relationship perspective, immigrant visas can be denied because the United States embassy or consulate officer is not convinced that a bona-fide marriage exists between the U.S. citizen or permanent resident and their foreign spouse because there is a large age difference between the U.S. citizen or permanent resident and the foreign spouse (15 years or more is considered “large”), the U.S. citizen or permanent resident and the foreign spouse do not speak a common language, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident and the foreign spouse have not spent enough time together, the foreign spouse was previously denied a U.S. visa or the foreign spouse was previously denied entry into the United States.