Immigrant visas are being more aggressively denied in the U.S., particularly for Mexican immigrants, even when they meet all the requirements.
Attorneys and lawyers are reporting incidents in which the U.S. State Department is denying visas to Mexican immigrants on the basis that the applicants could “become public charges” or dependent on the government for financial assistance. But even in cases where applicants can prove that they will be financially independent, officials have denied them their visas, often leaving families separated and their paperwork pending for months and years.
One of the main reasons for the visa rejections, reports Reuters, is a new rule that was implemented by the U.S. State Department to expand the grounds for rejecting visas on the premise that applicants would become a financial burden on the government back in 2018. Since then, the number of applications that have been rejected on that premise quadrupled to 13,500.
Experts have criticized the U.S. State Department for taking a “backdoor” approach to creating stricter policies and requirements on visa applicants.
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