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Qatar tops GCC for US visa acceptance

Up to Sept 30 this year, UAE had the highest rejection rate in GCC for US tourism visas

Qatar tops GCC for US visa acceptance
VISA REJECTIONS: The GCC still performed better than Egypt (Getty Images)

Qatar has the highest success rate in the GCC for those applying for US tourism visas, it was reported on Monday.

Figures from the US Administration revealed that 96.8 percent of requests for US tourist visas made to the US embassy in Doha up to September 30 this year were accepted, according to a report by the Doha-based The Peninsula.

However, the UAE had one of the highest rejection rates, with 9.7 percent of US tourist visa applications from the emirates not being accepted for travel.

While Qatar had the lowest rejection rate in the Gulf, Kuwait came second and had a rejection rate of 2.6 percent.

Bahrain had a rejection rate of 4.1 percent, six percent of Saudi applications were rejected and 8.7 percent of Omani applications did not make it.

However, the GCC still performed better than Egypt, where the rejection rate was more than 30 percent, the report added.

The countries with the highest rejection rates were Somalia (70 percent), followed by Djibouti (60.2 percent), Yemen (54.3 percent), Mauritania (49.7 percent) and Iraq (42.2 percent).


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Tarek 9 years ago

There is something wrong with the numbers, Qatar has an acceptance rate of 96.8%, which make its rejection rate 3.8%, so how come the article is mentioning that Kuwait is the second over the GCC with a rejection rate of 2.6%, shouldn't it be first and not Qatar ?!

Saudi Engineer 9 years ago

Saudi rejected 6% of US tourist visas.

Saudi allows US *tourist* visas?? Unless tourism includes Hajj or Umra, otherwise I'm not quite sure these things exist.

Edward Shortstaff 9 years ago

Tarek, application acceptance and rejection are not the only two choices when compiling statistics. One also needs to factor in the percentage of application withdrawals which is not the same as rejections. Several people submit their application forms but the wait times are so long that they evenaully withdraw their applications because the purpose of their trip was either defeated (ie conference etc was missed) or they just got fed up waiting.

Tarek 9 years ago

Edward, thanks for the clarification that makes much sense

Tarek M 9 years ago

The following article doesn't make any "solid" valid argument.
-Firstly, I wouldn't compare the rejection rates of the GCC , as we have a considerable gap between the populations, It wouldn't surprise me if QTR, KWTt and BAH and the lowest rejection, as it would seem less people would actually apply for a US "tourist" visa versus OMN, UAE and KSA which have greater population ! Hence, the rejection rates for OMN, UAE and KSA are higher !
-Secondly, looking at the economic situations around the GCC, the only people with the current highest GDP (nominal) per capita is QTR at 68K $ Seemingly gain more on the recent times, given the people of QTR to travel more !!! even people that couldn't afford to before "familiarizing with the US"... Versus other GCC states that have had a longer historical "familiarizing with the US" then Qatar so need to see the US is less to those GCC countries ! (This concept may also be seen with another more common example such as London)

Sources: cia.gov/li