How many non-immigrant visas did the United States grant in Mexico last year?

In the year ending September 2007, the U.S embassy in Mexico processed applications for 1,300,000 non-immigrant visas (visitor, student, temporary work, and other categories) according to this page on the site of the U.S Embassy in Mexico. This year the embassy is projecting more than 1,600,000 applications – and projections are generally overtaken by actual applications, as the graph at the bottom of this page shows.

I called the Embassy myself this week to find out how many of the 1,300,000 non-immigrant visas processed last year were actually granted, but was told that information is not available. Then I emailed a press and information officer at the Department of Home Security and was directed to this page.

According to THAT info, not including border passes, a total of 1,027,737 non-immigrant visas were issued from Mexico last year. That would suggest that only 272,263 non-immigrant visa applications DIDN’T get granted by the US Embassy in Mexico, if their figures are anything to go by. Can that be right? Was Juan just one of the unlucky few?

Or is my maths just wrong? Please click on the image below to see it in full – it won’t fit in this blogging template.
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Figures provided by the U.S Department of State


One Response

  1. I think you are comparing different numbers.
    The EMBASSY processed 1.6 million but issued only 286,079. YOu need to find out how many the consulates processed as well before you can use the 1.8 million issued figure.

    Using these numbers you can see the REFUSAL rate in the embassy is about 83%. Now that seems high but not that high. I once worked in the visa section of the embassy many many years ago — more than 20 — and there were days when an 85% refusal rate was the norm. I am told under the new system of appointments and prescreening the refusal rate is supposed to be lower.

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