The US has denied a lot of migrant visa applications based on the US State Department's conclusions that the applicants might become ‘public charges,’ who will be dependent on support from the government. These determinations were derived from the data presented and interviews with immigrants, their family, and attorneys. Some of the attorneys representing these immigrants are saying that the embassy is refusing visas even when the applicants have met all legal requirements that show their financial strength and independence. The applicants are subjected to a tedious and complex application process and after fulfilling the requirements, are still denied visas. The issue has separated people from their American families in the US, trapping them outside of the country for months and even longer as they keep working on coming back. Unfortunately, not all of them are successful in the end. One factor responsible for this rise in visa denials are changes made in the foreign affairs manual of the State Department last year which gave diplomats more power to determine visa refusals on grounds of public-charge.
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