This relates to the US visa refusal rate for all types of nonimmigrant applications such as B1/B2, H1B, F1, J1, C1, K1 etc. And also provides the details of the adjusted B1/B2 US visa rejection rate by country.

US Visa Statistics and Refusal Rate for All Types of Applications

During 2018, US foreign service posts issued a total 9.5m of immigrant and non-immigrant visas (incl. B1/B2/Border Crossing Cards). Indeed, the US foreign service posts (i.e. embassies and consulates) mainly issue nonimmigrant visas. Therefore, the nonimmigrant visas nearly comprise 95% of the visas issued by US embassies and consulates.

Type 2018
Immigrant Visas issued at the Foreign Service Posts 533,557
NIVs i(incl. B1/B2/Border Crossing Cards) 9,028,026
B1/B2/Border Crossing Cards [1,032,467]
Total Grants 9,561,583

US Nonimmigrant Visas (NIVs) Statistics and Rejection Rate

During the year a total of 12.76m decisions made at the foreign service posts relating to the US nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications. Accordingly, 9m NIV issued and 3.73m applications refused, therefore, the US visa rejection rate in 2018 was 29.25%.

NIVs 2018
Issued 9,028,026
Refused 3,732,314
Decisions 12,760,340
Waived/Overcome 794,963
US Visa Refusal Rate 29.25%

US Immigrant Visa Statistics

During 2018, US embassies and consulates issued 533,557 immigrant visas with the following breakup:

Grants 2018
Immediate Relatives – Immigrant 236,526
Family-Sponsored Preference 211,641
Diversity Immigrants 48,578
Employment-Based Preference 27,345
Special Immigrants 9,375
Vietnam Amerasian Immigrants 92
Armed Forces Special Immigrants 0
Total 533,557

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1. US B-Type Visitor Visa Rejection Rate

Indeed, the B-Type visa is the most popular US non-immigrant visa (NIV). During 2018 year a total of 9.98m decisions (out of the total 12.76m decisions) relates to US B-Type visa, inclusive of B1/B2 BCC for Mexican citizens. Accordingly, the share of B-Type visa in the total NIVs was approximately 78%. Accordingly, 6.81m visas issued, 3.17m applications refused, therefore, the B-Type visitor visa refusal rate was 31.82%.

B-Type Visa FY 2018
Decisions 9,990,522
Issued 6,811,878
Refused 3,178,644
Waived/Overcome 490,329
Total 31.82%
US B1 Business Visitor Visa Refusal Rate

During 2018, the US B1 business visitor visa rejection rate was 27.92%.

US B1 Business Visa 2018
Decisions 53,700
Issued 38,705
Refused 14,995
Waived/Overcome 6,669
Total 27.92%
US B2 Tourist Visa Refusal Rate

During 2018, the US B2 tourist visa rejection rate was 29.54%.

US B2 Tourist Visa 2018
Decisions 46,021
Issued 32,428
Refused 13,593
Waived/Overcome 3,079
Total 29.54%
US B1/B2 Combination Visitor Visa Refusal Rate

During 2018, the US B1/B2 combination visa rejection rate was 32.39%.

US B1/B2 Combination Visa 2018
Decisions 8,443,492
Issued 5,708,278
Refused 2,735,214
Waived/Overcome 446,345
Total 32.39%
B1/B2/BCC Combination Cards

During 2018, the US B1/B2/BCC combination cards rejection rate was 29.56%.

B1/B2/BCC Combination Card 2018
Decisions 1,367,021
Issued 962,888
Refused 404,133
Waived/Overcome 31,891
Total 29.56%
B1/B2/BCV Combination Cards (Lincoln Foil)

During 2018, the US B1/B2/BCV cards (Lincoln Foil) rejection rate was 13.34%.

B1/B2/BCV (Lincoln Foil) 2018
Decisions 80,288
Issued 69,579
Refused 10,709
Waived/Overcome 2,345
Total 13.34%

2. US H-Type Work Visa Rejection Rate

During 2018, a total of 701,963 applications decided for US nonimmigrant H-Type work and training visa. Accordingly, a total of 593,191 US H-Type work visa issued and 108,772 applications refused. Therefore, the US H-type visa rejection rate for nonimmigrant work visa as 15.5%. Moreover, during the year, 83,435 decisions waived/overcome. Therefore, the adjusted US visa refusal rate for work visa could be lower than 15.5%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived/overcome decisions (if not all!) may relate to the preceding years.

H-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
H1B Temporary Worker of distinguished merit and ability other than as a registered nurse 22.24% 231,033 49,418
H1B1 Free Trade Agreement Professional 12.55% 1,713 175
H1C Shortage Area Nurse 100.00% 1 1
H2A Temporary Worker performing agricultural services 10.59% 219,671 8,119
H2B Temporary Worker performing other services 10.87% 93,992 3,533
H3 Trainee 24.76% 1,377 252
H4 Spouse or Child of H1B/B1/C, H2A/B, or H3 15.15% 154,176 21,937
Total 15.50% 701,963 83,435

3. US F-1 Student Visa Rejection Rate

During 2018, a total of 600,164 applications for US student visa and their spouse and children decided. Accordingly, a total of 389,579 US student visas issued and 210,585 applications refused. Therefore, the US F-1 student visa refusal rate was 35%. Moreover, during the year, 73.6K US student visa refusal decisions waived/overcome. Therefore, the adjusted US student visa refusal rate could be lower than 35%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived/overcome decisions (if not all!) may relate to a previous year.

F-Type Visas Refusal
Rate
Decisions Waivers
F1 Student (academic or language training program) 34.97% 558,116 67,850
F2 Spouse or Child of Student 36.62% 42,048 5,830
F3 Border Commuter Academic or Language Student N/A 0 0
Total 35.09% 600,164 73,680

4. US J-Type Exchange Visitors Visa Rejection Rate

Perhaps, research scholars and professors around the world wish to visit the USA for acquiring expert learning and training. Therefore, in order to enable such individuals, the US offers the J-1 exchange visitor visa for participating in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially to obtain medical or business training in the USA.

During the year, a total of 455,983 applications for the exchange visitors and their spouse and children decided. Accordingly, a total of 382,219 US exchange visitor visa issued and 73,764 applications refused. Therefore, the US visa rejection rate for exchange visitors was 16.18%. Moreover, during the year, 44,538 decisions waived/overcome. Therefore, the adjusted US visa refusal rate for exchange visitors could be lower than 16.18%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived/overcome decisions (if not all!) may relate to a previous year.

J-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
J1 Exchange Visitor 15.58% 405,872 35,298
J2 Spouse or Child of Exchange Visitor 21.02% 50,111 9,240
Total 16.18% 455,983 44,538

5. US C and D-Type Transit Visa Refusal Rate

The US C-Type visa is for transit and D-Type visa is for crewmembers. Indeed, the purpose of both these visas is quite similar. Therefore, at times, applicants may be eligible to apply for a C1/D visa, which is a combination of transit/crewmember visa. During 2018, a total of 345,525 applications decided for the transit visa. Accordingly, a total of 311,298 visas issued, 34,227 applications refused. Accordingly, the US transit visa rejection rate was 9.91%. Since a total of 19,075 decisions waived/overcome, therefore, the adjusted US visa refusal rate for transit visa could be lower than 9.91%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived decisions may relate to the preceding years.

C and D-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
C1 Person in Transit 28.86% 13,443 699
C1/D Combination Transit/Crew Member 9.16% 318,081 17,506
C2 Person in Transit to UN HQs 50.00% 8 1
C3 Foreign Government Official, Immediate Family, Attendant, Servant, or Personal Employee in Transit 5.11% 6,413 217
Crew Member 11.75% 7,580 652
Total 9.91% 345,525 19,075

6. US L-Type Intracompany Transferee Visa Refusal Rate

During 2018, a total of 181,116 applications for US L-type intracompany transferee visa decided. Accordingly, a total of 153,099 L-type visas issued and 28,017 applications rejected. Therefore, the US visa refusal rate for L-type intracompany transferee visa during 2018 was 15.47%. Moreover, during the year, 16,635 intracompany transferee refusal decisions waived/overcome. Therefore, the adjusted US L-type visa rejection rate could be lower than 15.47%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived/overcome decisions (if not all!) may relate to the preceding year(s).

L-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
L1 Intracompany Transferee (executive, managerial, and specialized personnel continuing employment with international firm or corporation) 18.01% 90,724 8,446
L2 Spouse or Child of Intracompany Transferee 12.92% 90,392 8,189
Total 15.47% 181,116 16,635

7. US A-Type Foreign Diplomats Visa Refusal Rate

During 2018, a total of 133,488 applications for US A-Type visa for diplomats and their family and personal staff decided. Accordingly, a total of 113,820 A-Type visas issued and 19,668 applications refused. Therefore, the US visa refusal rate for A-Type visa application was 14.73%. Moreover, during the year, 15,813 decisions waived/overcome. Therefore, the adjusted refusal rate could be lower than 14.73%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived/overcome decisions (if not all!) may relate to the preceding year(s).

A-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
A1 Ambassador, public minister, career diplomat, consul, and immediate family 22.14% 12,658 2,504
A2 Other foreign government official or employee, and immediate family 13.58% 119,335 12,881
A3 Attendant, servant, or personal employee of A1 and A2, and immediate family 44.48% 1495 428
Total 14.73% 133,488 15,813

8. US K-Type Fiancé(e) Visa Rejection Rate

During 2018, a total of 49,204 applications decided for US K-type fiancé(e) visa. Accordingly, a total of 28,662 visas issued and 20,542 applications refused. Therefore, the US visa rejection rate for K-type fiancé(e) visa during 2018 was 41.75%, which is quite high! Moreover, during the year, 11,407 decisions waived/overcome. Therefore, the adjusted US visa refusal rate for the US fiancé(e) visa could be lower than 41.75%. However, as explained earlier, some of the waived/overcome decisions (if not all!) may relate to the preceding years.

K-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
K1 Fiancé(e) of U.S. Citizen 42.99% 43,280 10,427
K2 Child of K1 32.41% 5,890 973
K3 Certain Spouse of U.S. Citizen 82.35% 34 7
K4 Child of K3 N/A 0 0
Total 41.75% 49,204 11,407

Please note: the US K1-K4 visas are more akin to an immigrant visa. Perhaps, these visa applications are first pre-processed in the immigrant operating system. However, once an application is deemed eligible then it is moved to the nonimmigrant operating system. Accordingly, the data reflects processing actions which occurred in both operating systems.

9. US E-Type Treaty Visa Rejection Rate

E-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
E1 Treaty trader, spouse and children 24.51% 8,666 1,705
E2 Treaty investor, spouse and children 24.67% 54,670 8,647
E2C Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands investor, spouse and children 40.91% 66 24
E3 Australian specialty occupation professional 10.96% 6,058 572
E3D Spouse or child of Australian specialty occupation professional 9.15% 4,778 408
E3R Returning Australian specialty occupation professional 7.83% 3,191 234

10. G-Type Foreign Government’s Representative Visa

G-Type Visas Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
G1 Principal resident representative of recognized foreign member government to international organization, staff, and immediate family 27.96% 7,396 1,878
G2 Other representative of recognized foreign member government to international organization, and immediate family 18.07% 19,943 2,777
G3 Representative of non-recognized or nonmember foreign government to
international organization, and immediate family
24.62% 455 101
G4 International organization officer or employee, and immediate family 11.95% 26,823 2,921
G5 Attendant, servant, or personal employee of G1 through G4 and immediate family 37.89% 871 251

11. US M-Type Vocational Student Visa Refusal Rate

M-Type Visa Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
M1 Vocational and other non-academic student 31.60% 13,621 1,728
M2 Spouse or child of vocational student 37.22% 583 97
M3 Border commuter vocational or non-academic student 0 0

12. US Visa for NATO Representatives, Officials and Staff

NATO Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
NATO1 Principal permanent representative of member state to NATO (including any of its subsidiary bodies) resident in the U.S., and resident members of official staff; principal NATO officers; and immediate family 0.00% 3 0
NATO2 Other representatives of member states to NATO (including any of its subsidiary bodies), and immediate family; dependents of member of a force entering in accordance with provisions of NATO agreements; members of such force if issued visas 2.92% 6,791 178
NATO3 Official clerical staff accompanying a representative of member state to NATO, and immediate family N/A 0 0
NATO4 Officials of NATO (other than those classifiable as NATO1), and immediate
family
1.94% 206 4
NATO5 Experts, other than NATO4 officials, employed in missions on behalf of NATO, and their dependents 3.33% 30 0
NATO6 Members of a civilian component accompanying a force entering in accordance with the provisions of NATO agreements, and their dependents 3.89% 592 22
NATO7 Attendant, servant, or personal employee of NATO1 through NATO6, and immediate family 0.00% 2 0

13. US O-Type Extraordinary Ability Visa Refusal Rate

O-Type Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
O1 Person with extraordinary ability in the sciences, art, education, business, or athletics 18.85% 20,830 3,614
O2 Person accompanying and assisting in the artistic or athletic performance by O1 16.33% 10,078 1,233
O3 Spouse or child of O1 or O2 18.40% 6,033 1,009

14. P-Type Internationally Recognized Athlete, Artist or Entertainer Visa

P-Type Visa Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
P1 Internationally recognized athlete or member of an internationally recognized entertainment group 14.10% 28,311 2,848
P2 Artist or entertainer in a reciprocal exchange program 9.43% 159 14
P3 Artist or entertainer in a culturally unique program 21.68% 13,056 1,355
P4 Spouse or child of P1, P2, or P3 18.09% 1,692 219

15. US T-Type Victim of Trafficking Visa Refusal Rate

T-Type Visa Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
T1 Victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons N/A 0
T2 Spouse of T1 28.26% 92 24
T3 Child of T1 28.16% 412 108
T4 Parent of T1 under 21 years of age 30.00% 40 9
T5 Unmarried sibling under age 18 of T1 under 21 years of age 22.73% 44 9

16. US U-Type Victim of Criminal Activity Visa Refusal Rate

U-Type Visa Refusal Rate Decisions Waivers
U1 Victim of criminal activity 65.50% 371 187
U2 Spouse of U1 48.21% 336 152
U3 Child of U1 30.58% 2,191 520
U4 Parent of U1 under 21 years of age 64.36% 101 61
U5 Unmarried sibling under age 18 of U1 under 21 years of age 40.48% 42 16

17. US Visa Rejection Rate for Other Types of Applications

Other NIVs Refusal
Rate
Decisions Waivers
CW1 Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands transitional worker 32.83% 4,469 1,258
CW2 Spouse or child of CW1 34.99% 843 256
I-Type Visa for Representative of foreign information media, spouse and children 16.56% 14,230 1,296
N8 Parent of SK3 or SN3 special immigrant 53.85% 39 5
N9 Child of N8 or of SK1, SK2, SK4, SN1, SN2, or SN4 special immigrant 33.33% 6 0
Q1 Participant in an International Cultural Exchange Program 10.37% 2,228 164
R1 Person in a religious occupation 26.81% 6,295 905
R2 Spouse or child of R1 37.08% 2,702 465
S5 Informant possessing critical reliable information concerning criminal organization or enterprise N/A 0 0
S6 Informant possessing critical reliable information concerning terrorist organization, enterprise, or operation 100.00% 1 1
S7 Spouse, married or unmarried son or daughter, or parent of S5 of S6 100.00% 4 2
TN NAFTA professional 16.07% 21,386 1,842
TD Spouse or child of TN 11.86% 11,617 922

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US Business and Tourist Visa Rejection Rate by Country

This sections relates to US B1/B2 business and tourist visa rejection rate by country. Accordingly, the information indicates that most number of US B1/B2 visas issued to Chinese nationals. Apparently, more than 50% of the total (6.8m) B1/B2 US visitor visa issued to nationals of 4 countries i.e. China (18.26%), Mexico (15.38%), India (9.13%) and Brazil (8.55%).

1. China

During 2018, the most number (1.24m) of US B1/B2 tourist and business visas issued to Chinese nationals. Indeed, the US B1/B2 business and tourist visa rejection rate from China is showing an uptrend during the preceding 3 years. Apparently, in 2018, the adjusted US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from China was 17.00%. Moreover, US visa refusal rate from China in 2016 and 2017 was 12.35% and 14.57%, respectively.

2. Mexico

During 2018 US visa rejection from Mexico was 24.93%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Mexico in 2016 and 2017 was 23.49% and 22.50%, respectively.

3. India

During 2018 the US visa rejection rate from India was 26.07%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from India in 2016 and 2017 was 26.02% and 23.29%, respectively.

4. Brazil

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Brazil was 12.73%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Brazil in 2016 and 2017 was 16.70% and 12.34%, respectively.

5. Argentina

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Argentina was 1.73%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Argentina in 2016 and 2017 was 2.14% and 1.79%, respectively.

6. Columbia

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Colombia was 35.11%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Colombia in 2016 and 2017 was 17.79% and (21.93%, respectively.

7. Israel

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Israel was 5.10%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Israel in 2016 and 2017 was 4.09% and 4.88%, respectively.

8. Ecuador

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Ecuador was 31.38%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Ecuador in 2016 and 2017 was 29.18% and 27.95%, respectively.

9. Nigeria

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Nigeria was 57.47%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Ecuador in 2016 and 2017 was 41.44% and 44.95%, respectively.

10. The Philippines

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from the Philippines was 27.07%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from the Philippines in 2016 and 2017 was 27.29% and 25.54%, respectively.

11. Dominican Republic

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from the Dominican Republic was 49.54%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Dominican Republic in 2016 and 2017 was 31.88% and 35.78%, respectively.

12. Poland

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Poland was 3.99%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Poland in 2016 and 2017 was 5.37% and 5.92%, respectively.

13. Russia

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Russia was 14.89%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Russia in 2016 and 2017 was 9.29% and 11.61%, respectively.

14. Vietnam

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Vietnam was 26.20%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Vietnam in 2016 and 2017 was 29.49% and 24.06%, respectively.

15. Peru

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Peru was 28.53%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Peru in 2016 and 2017 was 28.61% and 25.97%, respectively.

16. Costa Rica

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Costa Rica was 9.91%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Costa Rica in 2016 and 2017 was 8.39% and 6.49%, respectively.

17. Turkey

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Turkey was 17.49%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Turkey in 2016 and 2017 was 13.62% and 17.86%, respectively.

18. Hong Kong SAR

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Hong Kong was 4.25%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Hong Kong in 2016 and 2017 was 4.61%% and 3.45%, respectively.

19. Saudi Arabia

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Saudi Arabia was 7.47%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Saudi Arabia in 2016 and 2017 was 4.04% and 5.26%, respectively.

20. Indonesia

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Indonesia was 12.81%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Indonesia in 2016 and 2017 was 11.19% and 10.99%, respectively.

21. SOUTH AFRICA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from South Africa was 7.31%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from South Africa in 2016 and 2017 was 6.83% and 6.44%, respectively.

22. EGYPT

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Egypt was 32.15%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Egypt in 2016 and 2017 was 28.61% and 34.24%, respectively.

23. PAKISTAN

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Pakistan was 47.89%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Pakistan in 2016 and 2017 was 46.43% and 49.40%, respectively.

24. JAMAICA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Jamaica was 54.46%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Jamaica in 2016 and 2017 was 35.64% and 46.78%, respectively.

25. THAILAND

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Thailand was 22.17%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Thailand in 2016 and 2017 was 17.82% and 20.15%, respectively.

26. UKRAINE

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Ukraine was 40.97%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Ukraine in 2016 and 2017 was 40.83% and 34.54%, respectively.

27. EL SALVADOR

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from El Salvador was 51.49%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from El Salvador in 2016 and 2017 was 57.12% and 52.97%, respectively.

28. ROMANIA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Romania was 10.44%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Romania in 2016 and 2017 was 11.43% and 11.76%, respectively.

29. MALAYSIA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Malaysia was 4.94%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Malaysia in 2016 and 2017 was 3.65% and 3.93%, respectively.

30. GUATEMALA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Guatemala was 53.62%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Guatemala in 2016 and 2017 was 48.68% and 47.14%, respectively.

31. HONDURAS

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Honduras was 60.32%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Honduras in 2016 and 2017 was 42.76% and 40.35%, respectively.

32. PANAMA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Panama was 11.71%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Panama in 2016 and 2017 was 12.05% and 11.61%, respectively.

33. JORDAN

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Jordan was 42.62%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Jordan in 2016 and 2017 was 40.34% and 40.06%, respectively.

34. HAITI

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Haiti was 67.59%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Haiti in 2016 and 2017 was 64.52% and 71.44%, respectively.

35. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Trinidad and Tobago was 19.28%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Trinidad and Tobago in 2016 and 2017 was 22.70% and 22.46%, respectively.

36. URUGUAY

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Uruguay was 4.11%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Uruguay in 2016 and 2017 was 3.14% and 3.19%, respectively.

37. VENEZUELA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Venezuela was 74.28%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Venezuela in 2016 and 2017 was 40.25% and 42.87%, respectively.

38. LEBANON

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Lebanon was 25.22%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Lebanon in 2016 and 2017 was 25.41% and 31.75%, respectively.

39. BOLIVIA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Bolivia was 22.19%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Bolivia in 2016 and 2017 was 14.36% and 18.08%, respectively.

40. KENYA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Kenya was 41.59%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Kenya in 2016 and 2017 was 26.60% and 33.17%, respectively.

41. KUWAIT

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Kuwait was 2.71%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Kuwait in 2016 and 2017 was 4.56% and 8.32%, respectively.

42. BELARUS

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Belarus was 23.26%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Belarus in 2016 and 2017 was 14.87% and 21.69%, respectively.

43. BANGLADESH

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Bangladesh was 40.05%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Bangladesh in 2016 and 2017 was 62.82% and 60.88%, respectively.

44. ETHIOPIA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Ethiopia was 41.74%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Ethiopia in 2016 and 2017 was 38.13% and 50.30%, respectively.

45. NEPAL

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Nepal was 51.53%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Nepal in 2016 and 2017 was 49.54% and 46.42%, respectively.

46. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from United Arab Emirates was 3.75%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from United Arab Emirates in 2016 and 2017 was 4.02% and 5.80%, respectively.

47. GHANA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Ghana was 49.35%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Ghana in 2016 and 2017 was 65.70% and 56.18%, respectively.

48. ALGERIA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Algeria was 39.26%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Algeria in 2016 and 2017 was 36% and 43.96%, respectively.

49. BULGARIA

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa refusal rate from Bulgaria was 11.32%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Bulgaria in 2016 and 2017 was 16.86% and 14.97%, respectively.

50. KAZAKHSTAN

During 2018, the US B1/B2 visa rejection rate from Kazakhstan was 39.38%. Moreover, the US visa denial rate from Kazakhstan in 2016 and 2017 was 27.55% and 32.81%, respectively. 

US Visa Rejection Rate for Visa Waiver Program (WVP) Countries

The details of US B1/B2 Visa Refusal Rate for countries under Visa Waiver Program are as under:

VWP Countries 2018
Great Britain and N Ireland 20.29%
Germany 7.40%
Korea, South 7.96%
France 10.11%
Australia 17.99%
Italy 14.83%
Netherlands 9.56%
China – Taiwan 6.80%
Spain 14.04%
Japan 9.76%
Sweden 15.20%
Switzerland 5.50%
Chile 11.34%
Austria 5.39%
Denmark 12.38%
New Zealand 19.97%
Norway 12.40%
Belgium 9.77%
Ireland 21.77%
Portugal 7.28%
Greece 16.93%
Czech Republic 10.37%
Hungary 10.53%
Finland 15.05%
Iceland 7.14%
Singapore 14.29%
Slovakia 16.21%
Lithuania 17.29%
Latvia 15.24%
Slovenia 12.33%
Estonia 26.73%
Malta 9.59%
Luxembourg 5.19%
Brunei 4.35%
Liechtenstein
Andorra NA
Monaco
San Marino 25%

US Visa Rejection Rate from Other Countries in 2018

The US visa refusal rate by country 2018 for other countries and territories is as under:

Other Countries 2018
Albania 41.92%
Croatia 5.92%
Serbia 25.93%
Paraguay 8.02%
Nicaragua 46.75%
Barbados 7.07%
Bahamas, the 12.51%
Morocco 42.88%
Sri Lanka 33.61%
Cameroon 52.27%
Iraq 56.95%
Burma 23.12%
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 52.23%
Armenia 53.83%
Uzbekistan 61.76%
Uganda 42.29%
Azerbaijan 28.45%
Palestinian Authority Travel Document 53.87%
Mongolia 56.51%
Cote d’Ivoire 33.81%
Zimbabwe 26.60%
Angola 51.76%
Tunisia 27.67%
Qatar 8.34%
Tanzania 19.87%
Cyprus 2.38%
Suriname 8.57%
Cuba 50.97%
Cambodia 32.63%
Kosovo 35.97%
Guyana 70.62%
Macedonia 31.29%
Georgia 62.35%
Oman 4.87%
Sudan 59.83%
Bahrain 6.96%
Montenegro 35.35%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 23.50%
Belize 34.55%
Senegal 59.18%
Macau S.A.R. 7.79%
St Lucia 21.90%
Fiji 41.74%
Iran 87.66%
Moldova 61.10%
Liberia 64.36%
Antigua and Barbuda 19.07%
Zambia 22.45%
Grenada 26.44%
Mali 50.60%
Rwanda 44.51%
Mauritius 6.49%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 19.77%
Cabo Verde 54.22%
Kyrgyzstan 58.90%
Syria 77.31%
Laos 64.06%
Burkina Faso 71.16%
St. Kitts and Nevis 24.98%
Mozambique 10.22%
Dominica 37.13%
Benin 47.74%
Afghanistan 71.39%
Guinea 66.16%
Togo 59.61%
Malawi 28.20%
Sierra Leone 60.56%
Madagascar 11.77%
Congo, Republic of the 50.56%
Tajikistan 53.39%
Namibia 8.40%
Gabon 40%
Niger 43.33%
Tonga 51.33%
Botswana 18.67%
Samoa 26.26%
Burundi 74.39%
Turkmenistan 52.93%
Equatorial guinea 21.29%
Eritrea 69.54%
Gambia, the 64.22%
Chad 60.80%
Yemen 82.50%
Papua New Guinea 6.84%
Eswatini- previously Swaziland 8.49%
Bhutan 59.63%
Mauritania 61.58%
Canada 38.98%
South Sudan 41.29%
Djibouti 82.96%
Lesotho 21.94%
Libya 73.73%
Central African Republic 36.03%
Seychelles 11.64%
Maldives 39.88%
Solomon Islands 3.57%
Comoros 69.46%
Vanuatu 38.31%
Kiribati 25.33%
Guinea – Bissau 76.09%
Timor-Leste 8.16%
Somalia 90.16%
Marshall Islands, Republic of the 17.39%
Sao Tome and Principe 26.09%
Tuvalu 34.78%
Nauru 21.43%
Republic of Palau 71.43%
Federated states of Micronesia 100%
Vatican City NA
Korea, North 100%
Western Sahara NA
* Non-nationality based issuances 40.27%

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