enter image description hereI had an interview about 2 years back for the student visa for the USA from Nepal. At the time I trusted the consultancy and it gave me the I-20 telling me that I am admitted to the college and went to the embassy for the interview. There I found out that the I-20 was fake and they interrogated me and the consular officer told me not to apply again. Does that mean I am permanently banned?

  • Did the consular officer give you a letter or mark your passport?
    – user16259
    Commented Jan 22, 2018 at 6:00
  • Not specific marks. But I was given a letter of causes of rejection as everyone gets after being rejected for student visa. But no specific marks on my passport just the appointment date at the cover of my passport.
    – user72844
    Commented Jan 22, 2018 at 6:19
  • Could you post the letter with your personal details blanked out? You can do it as an edit to your original question
    – user16259
    Commented Jan 22, 2018 at 8:32
  • In this comment section?? If okay in this section I can.
    – user72844
    Commented Jan 22, 2018 at 14:27
  • Migrating this to Expats.
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 21:52

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I think you are very fortunate. The immigration officer ruled your application ineligible and denied your visa but they did not flag it for fraud and they did not ban you.

  1. Ineligible is the same as denied: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/visa-denials.html

  2. You are free to reapply at any time however you do have to say a prior visa application was denied

  3. Once you have a denial on your record, future applications get scrutinized much more so you should make sure your next application is faultless.

  4. Do not trust local agencies consultancies that arrange both the school and the visa. They are often fraudulent as you have found out.

  • INA 214(b) is not a banned?? I really appreciate your effort sir.
    – user72844
    Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 7:11
  • That’s why I think they dodged a bullet. They were found ineligible and normally they would be banned but the letter itself says they may reapply. The OP should keep the letter so that they can use it to show they were in fact not banned.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Jan 28, 2018 at 15:11
  • OP?? Meaning that I am free to apply but not banned. And I will be scrutinized??
    – user72844
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 2:12

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