A friend of mine, a Polish citizen who is living in Belfast N.I., has been denied a US travel visa based on low income and no ownership of property. I was not aware that there was an income requirement for a US travel visa. Is this decision correct?
The decision, while it hurts and may seem "unjust" and even cruel, is nevertheless correct under existing law.
INA Section 214(b) which suspects (and assumes) every visa applicant to have the secret intent of wanting to immigrate to the US is the reason for the denial.
To overcome the Section's "immigrant intent" presumption, one must prove "substantial" ties to one's home country, such as an important, well paying job to which one will have the incentive to want to return to after temporary foreign travel, a good social / financial situation (serious money in the bank, property ownership, etc.)
Once your Friend's situation changes and he is able to overcome the immigrant intent presumption he should apply again. But not before.
I agree with my colleagues, but I would add that despite low income and no property, it may still be possible to get a visitor's visa. Your friend must document other "ties" outside the U.S. Other examples may include enrollment and substantial progress on a college or advanced degree abroad, spouse/children living abroad, etc. If your friend has other strong ties that can be documented s/he can consider reapplying.
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