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    I am a naturalized UK citizen and had traveled to the US few times under Visa Waiver Program. Before becoming a UK national, I was an Indian citizen and held Indian passport. Now I don't hold the Indian passport as I had given up my Indian citizenship. I was denied F-1 visa few years ago in India when I was holding Indian passport.

    When I traveled to the US under VWP, I didn't disclose about the visa refusal in India to the question on the I-94W form at the POE. Now I want to apply H-1 visa with my UK passport at the embassy and have concern about the question on the visa application asking about any previous visa refusals.

    If I disclose about the previous visa refusal in India, will the fact that I didn't disclose this on the I-94W form previously affect my application? Or don't I have to disclose the refusal at all as I have a new nationality now and my circumstances have changed?
    Any comments are appreciated. Thank you all.

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    I am a naturalized UK citizen and had traveled to the US few times under Visa Waiver Program. Before becoming a UK national, I was an Indian citizen and held Indian passport. Now I don't hold the Indian passport as I had given up my Indian citizenship. I was denied F-1 visa few years ago in India when I was holding Indian passport.

    When I traveled to the US under VWP, I didn't disclose about the visa refusal in India to the question on the I-94W form at the POE. Now I want to apply H-1 visa with my UK passport at the embassy and have concern about the question on the visa application asking about any previous visa refusals.

    If I disclose about the previous visa refusal in India, will the fact that I didn't disclose this on the I-94W form previously affect my application? Or don't I have to disclose the refusal at all as I have a new nationality now and my circumstances have changed?
    Any comments are appreciated. Thank you all.

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    • #3
      when you are refused at a POE, they give you a signed declaration, even with a new passport and different number, your name is on file, with the INS, this could affect your application as you didnt tell them you were turned away on your I-94

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      • #4
        anon: Thanks for the comments.

        I wasn't refused admission at the POE. I have been allowed in without any problem all the times I arrived.

        Now my dilemma is whether I should disclose my previous visa refusal in India on my visa application at the embassy now. If I disclose this, whether the fact that I didn't disclose it on I-94W at the POE will have any affect on my application? Or if I don't disclose on the application, will it be ok since my nationality has changed.

        What's the penalty if I don't disclose and the consul finds about it? The visa refusal was more than 8 years ago.

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        • #5
          You forgot your birthday certificate: place and date of birthday can be verified even if your first and last name is written in different way than when you applied before. Sorry.

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          • #6
            My name has not changed. Only my nationality has changed, all other details are same as before.

            Should I disclose the previous F-1 visa refusal on the visa application now? I didn't disclose this on the the I-94W during my previous travel and admission into US unnder VWP.

            Does it matter now as I hold different nationality passport?

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