A visa refusal cannot be appealed. However, if you have been refused previously and your situation has changed significantly from the time of your interview, you are welcome to reapply. Contrary to popular belief, there are no quotas that exist for the issuance or refusal of student or visitor visas. Consular officers may approve visas for as many people as are qualified. Visas are refused when people are not qualified to receive U.S. non-immigrant visas at the time of the interview. Unfortunately, not everyone will be qualified for a visa under United States law. If you are refused a visa, you can apply again. However, we do not recommend re-applying if your situation has not changed and you are unable to present new information that could demonstrate your stronger social and/or economic ties to Afghanistan.
If you are denied a visa, the $160 visa application fee will not be refunded.
For more information about visa refusals under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, please refer to Visa Denials at travel.state.gov.