Jamaica Ranked Number One in United States Of America Visa Refusal Rates for English-Speaking Caribbean

With a visa rejection rate of 30.04%, Jamaica holds the No.1 position among the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean for visa refusal based on data published on the U.S. State Department website under the Bureau of Consular Affairs.


Jamaica is ranked high on the list of countries with high visa refusal rates, especially in the Caribbean and Central America areas. 

According to the ranking, Jamaica placed third, behind Cuba with 56.51% and Haiti with 47.12% in the overall Caribbean rankings. Jamaica ranks 6th among its Central American neighbours, behind Nicaragua at 50.81%, El Salvador at 45.46%, and Honduras at 30.47%.

PHOTO: travel.state.gov

It is important to note that this study provided is primarily talking about non-immigrant B-Visas, which include B1 visas for business purposes and B2 visas for tourism and other categories of non-monetary activities.

False information or misrepresentation, an incomplete or inaccurate form, insufficient financial proof, and no ties to the home country are the most common reasons for visa refusals.


From 2.7 million in 2021 to over 6.8 million in 2022, the number of non-immigrant visas approved has immensely increased. A report published by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs reports that over 9.5 million non-immigrant credentials were issued in 2017, and more than 550,000 immigrant visas.

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Approximately 530,000 non-immigrant visas were granted in 2018, with around one million immigrants receiving a green card annually under the American immigration system.

This checklist is the latest list the tiny island of Jamaica has topped so far.

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