(CMR) Data published by the U.S. State Department shows that Cuba holds the Number 1 spot for non-immigrant visa refusal in the entire Caribbean, while Jamaica holds the Number 1 position for non-immigrant visa refusal among the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean.
Cuba ranked No. 1 with 56.51%, followed by Haiti with 47.12% in the overall Caribbean, while Jamaica ranked high on the list of countries in the Caribbean with a rejection rate of 30.04%, the highest in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Several countries in the region have a low refusal rate. The Bahamas has an 8.3% refusal rate, Barbados – 6.55 %, Suriname – 11.91 %, Trinidad & Tobago – 13.64%, and Antigua and Barbuda 14.09%.
Non-immigrant visas are issued to foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States on a temporary basis for tourism, business, medical treatment, and certain types of temporary work. The type of non-immigrant visa needed is defined by immigration law and related to the purpose of the travel. Generally, an individual applies directly to the U.S. consulate or embassy abroad for a tourist (B-2) or business nonimmigrant (B-1) visa.
On June 17, the non-immigrant visa application processing fee for visitor visas for business or tourism (B1/B2s and BCCs), and other non-petition based visas such as student and exchange visitor visas (F, M, and J visas), increased from $160 to $185.