Sunday, 10 June 2018

2017 US Visa Refusal Rate for Each African Country

It's no secret that millions of Africans would love to have the opportunity, primarily for economic reasons, to live and work in the United States.  It's also no secret that most who do make the effort (e.g. pay the money) to apply get rejected, and this situation isn't likely to improve with Donald Trump as President.
If Donald Trump actually does eight years in office then it's safe to assume that he, like his three predecessors, will also visit Ghana during his Presidency.
A lot of times I have Ghanaians asking me to help them get to the States, and I always tell them Ghana's refusal rate is exceptionally high especially considering that it's generally perceived the two countries have a pretty-good relationship - what with the three prior US Presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama) all visiting Ghana as well as the ratification of the recent military agreement - but the articles that give the actual refusal percentage always seem to vary.  So this time I went to the US Government's website itself and decided that in the process of doing the research might as well list the American visa refusal rate for each African country category in order of percentage.

This list gives the statistics for applicants of B visas, which are "issued to those seeking entry for business purposes" and "those seeking entry for tourism or other non-business purposes" for a duration of 1 month to 10 years (single or multiple entry), meaning that it would be the type of visa most Africans would apply for.  The list is from lowest refusal rate to the highest, basically meaning that citizens of the countries at the top of the list are those which are most-likely to be granted entry into the United States, and again Ghana is surprisingly low, at least to me.  Also the country at the top of the list is kind of startling since I never presumed it would be a sub-Saharan one that isn't South Africa:

POS
COUNTRY
REFUSAL PERCENTAGE
1
Namibia
6%
1
South Africa
6%
3
Mauritius
8%
4
Madagascar
11%
5
Eswatini (Swaziland)
13%
5
Seychelles
13%
7
Sao Tome & Principe
15%
8
Botswana
18%
8
Equatorial Guinea
18%
8
Tanzania
18%
11
Tunisia
20%
12
Zambia
22%
13
Gabon
26%
13
Malawi
26%
13
Mozambique
26%
13
Zimbabwe
26%
17
Niger
31%
18
Kenya
33%
19
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
34%
19
Egypt
34%
21
Angola
36%
21
Lesotho
36%
23
Morocco
37%
24
Benin
42%
24
Uganda
42%
26
Algeria
44%
26
Central African Republic
44%
28
Nigeria
45%
29
Libya
46%
30
Cameroon
47%
30
Sierra Leone
47%
32
Comoros
48%
32
Congo (Republic)
48%
32
South Sudan
48%
35
Congo (Democratic Republic)
50%
35
Ethiopia
50%
37
Cabo Verde
51%
37
Sudan
51%
39
Chad
52%
39
Rwanda
52%
41
Ghana
57%
41
Senegal
57%
43
Mali
59%
44
Togo
60%
45
Guinea
65%
45
Liberia
65%
47
Mauritania
67%
48
Gambia
70%
49
Eritrea
72%
49
Guinea-Bissau
72%
51
Djibouti
75%
52
Burkina Faso
76%
52
Burundi
76%
52
Somalia
76%

CONCLUSION

So if an African really wants to go to the States it seems they have just as much of a chance of successfully doing so through Namibia than they would via South Africa.

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