Can you appeal a denied visa petition?

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2021 | Family Immigration

In the process of bringing your family to live in the United States, you apply for visas for yourself and the other members of your family. It’s a long process, but you get all the paperwork in and await a response. 

Unfortunately, your petition is eventually denied. Can you appeal it, or is this one of those situations where all decisions are final and there is nothing else that you can do?

Appeals over a denied visa are possible in many cases

Much of the time, you can appeal the decision, and your denial letter should provide you with the instructions that you need. It can tell you if you have the option to appeal, how to do so and any time limits you need to follow. If there is going to be an additional fee for that appeal, your letter will also tell you what you’re going to need to pay. 

The dates are very important to consider here. You do not want to accidentally wait too long to appeal and lose your chance. Make sure that you hit all of the deadlines so you don’t have to start over.

It’s also important to remember that your denial could be based on simple oversight. Did you submit all of the proper paperwork? Did you fill out all of the forms correctly? People often feel like a denial means they’re never going to be allowed in, but it may just mean that you have to get the paperwork straightened out before the government will grant you the status you seek. 

Assistance with your appeal can help overcome a denial

Naturally, this can all be fairly complex. Be sure you know what legal steps to take to give yourself the best chance to get the results you’re after on your immigration journey.