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Showing Ties to Home Country

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Center for International Programs
West Chester University
320 Mitchell Hall
675 S. Church Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3515
Fax: 610-436-3426

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

International Student Advising:
Make an appointment.
Limited availability for walk-ins.

Study Abroad Advising:
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Showing Ties to Home Country

Occasionally students have been denied visas due to the consular officer not being sufficiently convinced of the student's intentions to return to their home country after completing their studies.

This is based on Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that states: “Every alien shall be presumed to be an immigrant until he establishes to the satisfaction of the consular officer, at the time of application for admission, that he is entitled to a nonimmigrant status...”

This means that international students must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, a “permanent residence” or “strong ties” to his or her home country, illustrating that they do not intend to immigrate or obtain residency/citizenship in the U.S. Fortunately, a visa denial is not permanent and can be reversed, if the student can show new, irrefutable evidence.

Tips to Demonstrate Strong Ties to Home Country

  • Convince the consular officer that the sole (not just “primary”) purpose of the visit to the U.S. is to pursue a program of study
  • Outline post-graduation plans upon returning to home country
  • Document family ties, business interests and assets in home country
  • Discuss job prospects in home country upon completion of U.S. education
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