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NonImmigrant Visas


With few exceptions, every visa applicant is interviewed by a consular officer at a U.S. embassy or consulate. After all available information is reviewed; the application is approved or denied based on U.S. immigration law.

There are many reasons why a visa application may be denied. In some instances, the application is denied because necessary information or supporting documents were not submitted by the applicant. In other instances, the application is denied for more serious reasons. An applicant’s current and/or past actions, such as drug or criminal activities, as examples, may make the applicant ineligible for a visa.

If denied a visa, the applicant is given a reason based on the section of law which applies. Visa applicants are also advised by the consular officer if they may apply for a waiver of their ineligibility. Several of the most common reasons for visa ineligibilities are explained under the menu heading to the left, “Type of Refusals”. For more information, review the complete list of visa ineligibilities in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), and amended laws. 

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  • For information about how to apply for U.S. non-immigrant visas in Panama, please contact our call center between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, at 833-9393.  Or visit our new visa information website for the most recent guidance.