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Immigrant Visas

Visa Adjudication

Who can Influence the Consular Officer to Reverse a Decision?

Immigration law delegates the responsibility for issuance or refusal of visas to consular officers overseas. They have the final say on all visa cases. By regulation the U.S. Department of State has authority to review consular decisions, but this authority is limited to the interpretation of law, as contrasted to determinations of facts. An applicant can influence the post to change a prior visa denial only through the presentation of new convincing evidence of a different determination of facts.