Visa Cancellation vs. Visa Cancellation

Visa Cancellation vs. Visa Cancellation

People often wonder what are the reasons for the cancellation or cancellation of a previously issued visa.

The fact that a visa has been canceled does not necessarily mean anything negative for the visa holder. A visa may be canceled because there was a technical or similar error. Example: The person is approved for an ‘X’ visa, but the visa foil in the passport says ‘Y’ visa. These errors and other correction needs are actually quite common. Consider incorrect birthdates, where the US and non-US date format can be confusing. If someone’s birthday is April 12, 1968, their DOB can be written as “04/12/1968” or “12-04-1968,” depending on which date format is used. (is it possible that the applicant has entered his date of birth in the application form in the wrong format?)

Embassy officials may also cancel a visa if the visa holder obtains a new visa in a new passport, but has a valid visa of the same type, which has not yet expired, in the old passport. Nonimmigrant visas of aliens deemed inadmissible at a port of entry may also be revoked. Sometimes you will find CBP officers at the port of entry canceling visas, especially in cases where the visas may only provide for a SINGLE entry, rather than the usual “multiple” entries usually found with visas.

The fact that a visa has been canceled may or may not mean anything negative to the visa holder. A consular officer will cancel a visa when he or she determines that:

o the alien is ineligible for a visa or entry into the United States for health, criminal, security, or other serious reasons;

o the foreigner no longer meets the requirements for the specific visa;

o the foreigner has been issued an immigrant visa (IV); or

o the visa has been physically removed from the passport in which it was issued.

What happens when a US visa is revoked?

A consular officer may cancel a visa based on such a determination only if the traveler is outside the United States or if his/her whereabouts are unknown. When a consular officer cancels a visa, the embassy or consulate informs the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security through designated channels. The consular officer is also responsible for informing all domestic transportation companies of the visa cancellation to prevent the traveler from boarding a flight to the United States.

CBP officers working at US ports of entry are also notified electronically of visa revocations through the following databases; Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), Consular Lookout Automated System (CLASS), and through the Treasury Enforcement Communication System (TECS) in the event the traveler arrives seeking entry into the United States.

The Secretary of State (through a consular officer) may also revoke a nonimmigrant visa regardless of whether the alien is in the United States, as well as an immigrant visa if the alien did not enter the United States in immigrant status. Such revocation is usually done for prudential reasons, so the alien must appear before a consular officer to determine visa eligibility before being allowed to apply for entry into the United States.

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