Visa Refusal for lack of Money

Having an approve visa petition or sponsorship is not an assurance of visa issuance. Even if you have paid the visa fees, your application could still be refused.

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Visa Refusal for lack of Money
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on August 15, 2013

Visa Refusal for Financial Reasons

Having an approved visa petition or sponsorship does not mean automatic issuance of your visa.  Even if you have already paid the visa fees.

Embassies at visa offices or consular posts are given authority to refuse your visa application or sponsorship if it appears (based on their own independent interview and/or investigation) that you – the visa applicant or person being sponsored is likely to be dependent on the government for assistance or will be using public funds that only immigrants or citizens are entitled to.

Tourist visa applicants could be refused for not having sufficient financial ties, or not being sufficiently established in the country. If after going through the documents or during the interview, the visit visa applicant does not have a regular source of income requiring domicile and physical presence in the Philippines, then the visa application would be refused.

Student visa applicants who cannot provide evidence of financial ability to pursue studies abroad without resorting to working, or if the student would not have access to funds once in the country of intended studies then the visa application would also be refused.  If the funds submitted for evaluation cannot be independently verified as coming from a legitimate source, this could also be a reason for refusal.

Work visa applicants whose employers cannot provide evidence of ability to pay the prevailing wage or the salary that is being paid to citizens or residents of the country (of intended employment) or if it more likely than not that the visa applicant will no longer return to the Philippines after the contract, the visa application could also be denied.

Immigrant visa applicants whose sponsors cannot or would not submit evidence of ability to support the person being sponsored or petitioned would be refused the visa application.  In the US, the specific reason for refusal is that the applicant is likely to become a public charge.  Other countries like Canada and the UK refuse the permanent residency sponsorship if the applicant would – more likely than not – use excessive social services that are financed by public funds.

If you need assistance in overcoming a visa refusal based on financial grounds, you may call the 634-Immigrant Visa Center at +632-634-8717 or email us at  You may also complete a Free Online Assessment at the IVC Website –

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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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