Top 14 Reasons for a 214(b)

F1 Visa Rejection

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Paperwork: Many Fail Before the Interview  

Not Enough Documents  

Lie or Fake Documents

Can't Answer Questions  

Don't Understand What is Asked  

Do Not Bring Supporting Documents to the Interview to support their answers.

Are Not Believable  

Not a Good Student History

 Studying something not related to their past history.

Something is wrong with how they dress or

how they look.....not like a student.

Answer in Scripted memorized answers someone told you you say that everyone says.

Tell Stories that a friend or someone who says they know tells you to say that everyone says.

Have Difficulty Communicating and Understanding

214 (b) Rejections 

Not Following I-20  

Not Understanding Questions

Can't Communicate

Immigration and Nationality Act:  It is part of the Laws of the USA to protect the USA from immigrants that may be undesirable.

What Is Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)?

INA Section 214(b), also found in the United States Code at 8 USC 1184(b), states: 

"...every alien . . . shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, and the immigration officers, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status under section 101(a)(15)."

Many students fail the F1 Visa Interview because of something easy to fix or a fatal mistake in their answers.  This article will help you to avoid these mistakes.  

If you make a mistake and fail the first interview, the second attempt will be much more difficult.  Be prepared and Pass the First Time.

The F1 Visa Interview is very easy for some students and impossible for  others.

 No one can be 100% sure they will pass.  

One thing for sure, we can often determine why students fail.  

Many students fail for obvious reasons such as not being prepared.

Is your F1 application believable?

It sounds so simple.  It seems so obvious.  is your story believable?  The Visa officers meet hundreds of students each week.  They know what to believe.

Practice for the F1 Interview in the mirror

If you practice many times a day in front of a mirror you will begin to understand how you look and sound.  

You can also video yourself and watch how good or bad you are answering.

Is your F1 story crazy?

Yesterday a students wrote me and asked "Is it OK if my neighbors uncle's friend sponsors me and pays for my education?"  

Ask yourself, how many strangers will pay 40 thousand dollars or more for a stranger?

Is your F1 story true?

Visa Officers and  Immigration have interviewed millions of F1 Students.  They know how to tell if a students is lying or repeating a memorized answer they learned from a service or saw on the internet.  There are records and data on what students say and end up doing in the USA.  Visa officers are trained very well to identify if students are lying.

Is your F1 story true?
Do you understand why students fail the F1 Visa interview?
section 214b of the INA act says every students must be considered as a potential immigrant

I think the reason for these laws is due to many people wanting to live in the USA.  The government must make sure that they are honest students and good people.  If  people have trouble in the USA living the government will often help them costing a lot of money.  

Also, unfortunately, today there is a lot of danger due to terrorism.  it is a huge topic in this years presidential election.  International Students coming to America to study is great for the economy and very desirable.  People Immigrating to the USA is something some people don't want.  Others know america was built by immigrants.

Do you understand your I-20?
Do you know about your parents work?
Are your grades from High School Good?
Is your listening good enough to understand
If they call an interpreter yuor probably not getting a visa

F1 Students should also practice listening for the questions.  

Learn different ways the Visa Officer may ask you a question.  

Example:  "How were your marks in school?   OR  Did you get good grades when studying?"  

The same question with all different vocabulary.  If you don't understand or cannot listen well there are two possible outcomes.

 Neither is good.  

One possibility is that you will fail.  

Another is that they will ask for the help of an interpreter.  This could cause you problems if they do not translate the way you want.  

Many students fail after the interpreter is called.

 It is best if you speak for yourself, make your best case and presentation.


Do you understand why students fail the F1 Visa interview?
6 biggest problems when taking the F1 Visa Interview

There can be many reasons to fail.  You must try and prepare the best you can.  

Don't listen to prepared answers people tell you say that aren't the best answers for you.  

Create and remember your own true answers.  

They will be easier to remember and to talk about.

I keep telling you to tell the truth.  Tell your story.  don't memorize answers that everyone says.  

Your asking yourself (or want to ask me) what is the right thing to say?  How can I tell my story.  Of course you can take our course for personal help to find your individual answers to F1 Questions.  

But I want to help you as much as I can. I prefer to to learn as much as I can before I join or enroll in a course or class.  

Let's assume your English is OK.  If it is not, you may have problems.  Most students need to study an ESL program first or along with their studies.  

Still, students are expected to be able to understand and answer the questions.  

This is very difficult for students.  The interview will last less than 5 minutes.  they are expected to answer perfectly, or so it seems.  Do you need to answer perfectly?  

Maybe there is a profile of what a "good" student's application looks like.  Can you identify the things that are considered good?    

Your school records?  Your families financial paperwork and jobs?  The school you choose and why you chose the school.   Your studies and intentions after you study.

 The point I am making is that you can evaluate yourself.  Are you involved in the application process or relying 100% on a service?   Is your family transferring money around to show you can pay?  Do you have assets in your home country?

 If  you are using a service, transferring money around, aren't involved in the application process, and don't have reasons to return home.....what does that tell a Visa Officer?  

Think about it... it isn't difficult to put you in a category of students likely to fail before you even go to the Embassy for the interview.

write down everything after you get rejected at the interview
understand why you got rejected and begin to prepare additional reasons to get a 2nd interview
have additional documents and letters to show for your next interview. send them in advance if you can

Are you going to be the student who is prepared and passes the F1 Visa Interview or the student who gets a 214(b) Rejection letter?  Are you working hard enough to prepare?  Do you know what to practice?

 Is the way you are going about this the wrong way that is obvious to the Embassy that you should not study abroad in America?  

Are you following bad advice telling you to lie or have fake paperwork?  Is someone telling you that you have enough money to pay for school so you don't have to worry?  

Big Mistakes

Have you got an I-20?
Do you understand your I-20?
Don't try and be clever an improve your answers if you fail, something went very wrong

Don't say too much.  Answer the questions according to your I-20 Form the school sent you.  This document is issued to the school by SEVP which is the department of Homeland Security which tells the schools if you are OK and what you can do.  

You can only do what the I-20 says.  If you say anything different you will fail.  You are saying something you do not have permission to do.  

The really big problem with this mistake is that when you go back for a 2nd interview and say something different you have said two different things for the same I-20.  

One of them is not true.  If you lie, you will get a 214(b) Rejection and possibly get permanently banned for entering the USA.

Gap years can cause problems
gap year questions are very important

Maybe they think your lazy or not motivated.  For some reason this is important.

You must tell them constructive things you did and the reasons.   

Here is the full text of the 214(b) video if you want to read it as you watch. 

Immigration and Nationality Act:  It is part of the Laws of the USA to protect the USA from immigrants that may be undesirable.


What Is Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)?

INA Section 214(b), also found in the United States Code at 8 USC 1184(b), states: 


"...every alien . . . shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for a visa, and the immigration officers, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status under section 101(a)(15)."



214(b) Student Visa Rejection The Problem:

Good people and "normal people" are denied visas because they have some problem in their applications or in the way they describe the reasons they want a visa to the USA.

Many of my students really want to stay in the USA permanently.

They are using studying as an excuse to begin the process of remaining in the USA.

This method is very possible later

 IF you are actually a real student.

If you understand the way the Visa Officers act according to the USA Laws, you will understand more of the reasons 214(b) rejection letters are given.

This morning I read through students who got rejected on websites that post student comments.  Almost 70% got rejected for obvious reason.  They said something different than their I-20 form allowed, or they could not speak English very well, or they were telling a lie.

Many of my students are interested in living in the USA.  Consular Interviewers assume you want to emigrate and live in the USA.  Every time you take the interview you will pay about

 $160 usd or more.  There are no refunds.   If you fail the interview, you must present new information in order to take the interview again.  Without New Information, you will fail again.   Getting accepted and an I-20 does not mean you will get an F1 Visa.  Remember, it is easy to get accepted to a school in the USA.

Students spend so much money on services, travel to the Embassy city, hotels, Ds-160 fees, SEVIS Fees.....


A 214(b) Rejection is very sad and costly. Students should research on their own what they need to do.  Not trust hearsay.  We will talk about honesty.  What to do if you fail.  How not to fail.

We also have a great F1 Visa Evaluation which takes 1-4 days.  Or an F1 Visa preparation course that takes 2-4 weeks unless we really hurry.

First:  Let me show you the laws and briefly explain them so you can understand.

These are laws to protect the security of the USA.  In today's climate of terrorism and welfare programs given by the USA,  it is really important.

The Visa Official's job at the Embassy Interview is to look at your paperwork and meet you in person (or talk on the phone in some countries), and decide if you are a real student who can pay.

No Strong Ties Fake Documents Your school or service isn't good. Poor English Skills  It does not make sense, You’re not believable.  

The Problem: A common problem is that the student does not understand or cannot communicate their situation.  The Problem:  Good people and "normal people" are denied visas because they have some problem in their applications or in the way they describe the reasons they want a visa to the USA.

If you read the blogs and discussions about F1 Visa there are some cases where it is difficult to determine why the student was refused without more information.  Many of the students anybody can understand why they got rejected.

Can you recover and reapply for another interview after you get a 214(b) rejection?  Yes, but will it be different?  If you do the same thing,  You will be rejected again.  Don't try and be clever and improve your story. it did not work the first time.

Say what the I-20 says.  You cannot stay longer than it says. You can't do something different than it says. You must be a serious student. Be honest about your intentions.

#1   Don't get rejected.  Prepare and try your best to pass the first time.

If you get rejected immediately write down everything said and try to figure out why.  If I know what the Visa officer said exactly usually I can understand.

#2 If you go to another interview know why you got rejected and supply additional information to change that opinion.

#3 Have additional documents and letters explaining this additional information.

Consular Interviewers assume you want to live in the USA.  Many of my students are interested in living in the USA.  The Visa officers have seen thousands of documents.  Financial, your school transcripts, and they know which are good and which are not that great. 

214(b) Video Transcript

When you go to the F1 Visa Interview if you make a mistake or cannot be given a visa the Visa officer will give you a 214(b) rejection letter.   In the USA there is a law the INA or Immigration and Nationality Act which has a section 214(b).  This section tells all visa officers that all students must be considered as immigrants (not students) and that the students must convince them they are real students. 

In this video you will learn how not to fail and what to do if you do fail.  The INA and 213(b) laws protect the USA from terrorists and spending money on welfare programs to people who are not real students. 

The visa officer wants to meet you and check your paperwork to see if you’re a real student, have money to pay for school, and will return home after studying (strong ties to your home country).  A common problem is that students going to the interview fail and get a 214(b) rejection letter because of some simple mistake they make in the interview.  They don't understand and are not prepared. 

The students may say something different than it says on the I-20.  You must do exactly as it says on the I-20, that is what Homeland Security in the USA has approved for you to do with your school that gave you the I-20. 

  There may be other problems such as your financial paperwork, school transcripts, not being able to prove you will go home after studying (strong ties), fake paperwork, your school or service has a bad reputation,.  Another problem is that many students want to live in the USA permanently and they lie or cannot lie well.  The USA Immigration and Government have seen and interviewed millions or F1 students and know who is a good student and who is an immigrant.  You can not lie or fool them.  Traveling to the embassy, paying the interview fees, hotels and everything is very expensive. 

This is not the worst part though.  If you fail the interview, you must have additional documents and proof in your second interview in order to pass.  if you say the same thing, even if your answers are improved you will fail.  The law says you must have additional evidence and proof you’re a real student.   Make sure you are prepared and pass the first time. 

Are you believable?  Is your story true?  Do you have gap years you did not work or study?  This can be a major problem and you should prepare for this answer.  Is the bank account you’re using only 3 -6 months old?  Our goal is to provide the best information to help you go to study abroad in the USA.  Our advice is to be prepared and don't get rejected.  If you do get a 214(b) rejection write down everything the visa officer said in the order it was asked immediately. 

This will help understand their reason for failing you.  If you do schedule another interview have additional information and documents to prove it.  The visa officer will assume you want to remain in the USA and not return home. Many of my students feel the same way.

 They will know if you are lying.  You must prove strong ties to your home country.  F1 student visas are for real students to study in the USA. Don't lie, make fake documents or try and fool them.  Your story and situation is individual and they want to know your story, not something you memorized and are repeating that a service told you to say.  Each time you go to the interview it will cost between $150 - $200. No refunds if you fail.  Many students who get a 214(b) letter feel they did not have enough time to explain their story.  If you fail the visa officer saw something wrong and does not need to give you more time.  You made a mistake and failed.  Remember: getting accepted to a school in the USA and getting an I-20 form is easy, very easy.  Passing the F1 Interview you must be prepared. 

This video will help prepare you. We want you to succeed.   The only way is to be prepared.  Don't be denied a visa.  Study in the USA.  Understand the F1 Interview and be prepared.

Practice in front of the mirror and see how you look. Are you nervous?  Looking away?  Are you believable?  Is your story true?   Does your story sound crazy?   Do your best and let us help you be prepared for the F1 Visa Interview and not get 214(b) rejection.  Thank you.


  1. Speak English Today on March 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Don’t fail the F1 Visa Interview and get a 214(b) Rejection. Many Rejections can be avoided if you watch our videos and read our blog.

  2. Ford Banister, Esq. on September 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    For qualified and experienced guidance through the F-1 visa application process, contact a U.S. immigration attorney.

    • Speak English Today on November 17, 2016 at 5:23 am

      Hi Ford, I am approving this comment. Hope you are successful. Let me know if there are ways we can cooperate. I work with some immigration attorneys and it makes a great combination! .Please let me know if thre are ways to collaborate at

  3. Younes on June 12, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    My wife and I got a F1/F2 214b rejection, and the visa officer cancelled our B1_B2 Visa, it was a very tough moment…

    , I have got admissions in Uk, what could you advice me, should I request another F1 withoutmy wife ? or , should I forget the Usa, and apply for the UK.?
    Thanking yoy in advance

  4. MALIK KASHAN TARIQ on July 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    hi on 29th of june i appeared for my F1 visa interview.
    Consulate: Islamabad.
    VO: Good morning
    Me: Morning
    VO: Which University
    Me: Texas A and M,
    VO: wHY this uni?
    Me: Because this is a World Class University
    VO: Oh there are lots of World class universities, why only this university.
    Me: Because the research interests of professors in my major aligned well with mine.
    VO: What are they?
    Me: Soil Structure Interaction, Slope Stability.
    vo: How many universities you have applied to?
    Me:9 Uniersities
    VO: WHat are they?
    Me: Here I sound like crazy I could not name all 9 universities and the names of the ones that i told him i just mixed them up like I said michigan institute of technology instead of michigan technological university, and colorado state university (although i never applied to it), idaho state university (instead of university of idaho) and i stopped talking as i forgot the names of the rest.
    vo: aDMITS?
    Me: Just one texas A and M.
    Vo: What you do
    Me: I work for Pakistan Public Works Department.
    VO: What you do there.
    Me: I design buildings and foundations for different government projects.

    Vo:who is your sponsor?
    Me: my brother in law and sister.
    VO: What do he do
    Me: He is a US citizen.
    VO: And where do he live.
    Me: Sugarland Texas.
    VO: And sister
    Me: She is a legal permanent resident.
    mE: Passes.
    VO: Why would he spend thousand and thousand of dollar on you .
    Me: Sir he is a close relative and he wants to help in getting the degree so I could land better job opprotunities here in pakistan.Thats why
    VO: When did you graduate:
    Me: 2012
    VO: wHAT You hv been doing since then.
    Me: I did my Masters
    VO: You hv done your Masters why you are doing it again.
    Me: Becasue the current job that I am in requires me to upgrade my skills. Plus the employees in our department haing higher degree from abroad like US are earning v good salaries.
    VO: What will you do with this degree?
    Me: As I have a full time job I plan to join my department and design multi storey buildings (I mumbled alot here, the VO was constantly typing and was talking to another female VO right next to him, turned off the mic, I could just look at him saying that TEXAS A and M, i felt like he was saying his universoity is good but something that he is not convinced).
    VO. your brither and sisters?\
    Me:I am the only son. and I hae three sisters. One married and two back home between them one has recently been graduated.
    VO: whats your father?
    Me: H e is a govern,ent servant?
    VO: Works where?
    Me: He works in an agricultural deopartment but he died few years back.
    VO: You rmother?
    Me: She is a governkment teacher .
    VO: Who is going to take care of your mother?
    Me: My maternal uncle is there for her.
    VO:Turned off the mic and talked to her fellow VO again.
    VO: I dont understand you are going for the same degree again?\
    Me: Sir Texas A and M proides flexibility in choosing courses. I therefore Plan to change my courses inclined towards structural engineering as my job requires. (here i mumbled again).
    O; And what are those courses?
    Me: Mumbled again and again said soil structure interaction and foundation engineering. The female visa officer looked at me during this confused speech.
    Me: Lamently thank you very much sir.
    VO:Mockingly and rudely!! Ya THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

  5. nazia sultana on August 15, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    recently i had my 3rd interview for f1 and before she asked me any questtion she saw my DS160 formm for 5 minutes ,she didnt even checked my I20 then the interview wwent like this
    vo; gre score ?
    vo; year of passed out ?
    vo; grraduate %
    vo;whiich novel you read recently
    me; no i didntt read any novel
    vo;which moviie you saw llast
    me;love comes softlly
    vo;say me about it
    vo;sorry cannt approove ur visa 214 b form

    what shhould i do now ?

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