Can an application to bring a family member to the USA be denied by the Service Center or the NVC* or is it the Officer at the Embassy/Consulate/Regional Office that makes that final decision? *I am guessing a Service Center can deny based on a bad background check or National Security risk, so I am not asking about those applications. I am asking about regular applications that have all the required information in them and that have no background check problems.
If a Service Center or the NVC can deny the application even if background checks are clean, does anyone know what the % of these denials is?
The reason I am asking is that I read a really neat Q & A post today on this site written by someone who used to work at processing applications. I can't figure out how I got to the thread now, so if anyone can post a link that would be great.
I got the impression from the post that if everything was in order and all the documents required were present, that the application would be approved. RFE's would be sent if something were missing, and then the application would be checked over again for completeness.
Does this mean that most or all applications (that have all the required documents and don't fail the background checks) are accepted at the Service Center level? I kind of interpreted the information to say that an application wouldn't be denied by a service center.
Hopefully that question makes sense. I guess I just wonder if any applications get denied at the Service Center level simply because the processing officer doesn't "think" the relationship is bonafide, or are they required to approve it if all the correct and necessary documents are present and send it on to the next step to be approved or denied by the interviewing officer?
Edited by NinaD, 26 August 2012 - 05:08 PM.