Applying for a visa could be a tiresome task, there are many aspects to consider while planning to file for a visa application. The success rate of visa approval depends on many factors. It also depends on which country you are applying for and what document proof you have with you. While applying for a visa you apparently update yourself from websites, check the processing time, fees, list of documents, how to submit etc. Even after doing so much of research there are a number of reasons which we often ignore or we never think of, like our eligibility, or criteria to apply for a visa and sometimes, a simple mistake can get your visa denied.
Here are some common tips to avoid a visa rejection:
1. Incomplete Information on Application Form
When applying for a visa, whether it is online or offline, make sure you fill all your details without leaving any column blank, because remember every detail counts!
2. Incorrect or False Information
Never, ever provide false information when applying for a visa. Every visa application involves a set of documents that must be submitted by the applicant. Sometimes, when applicants don’t have some of these documents they choose to submit fake ones, which is a big NO, NO! It is very important to be truthful as the Embassy or Consulate of all the countries are very particular about each and every detail you provide. Visa rules of countries like UK & US have become more stringent in recent years. Bottom line, submit a complete set of documents but don’t fake anything, it can lead you to be banned by not just one Embassy but all, especially in case if you are applying for a Schengen visa and increase your chances of visa rejection
3. Incorrect Visa Type
Your first step when applying for a Visa should be to determine the visa type. If you are travelling for business purpose, make sure you apply for a business visa. If travelling for tourism, then go for a tourist visa, do not apply for a tourist visa if your purpose is clearly for business.
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4. Don’t be nervous on the day of your interview
When applying for a visa, few embassies will require you to present yourself physically for an interview as a part of their visa process. The interview is basically a chance to provide your documents to support your reasons for travel and increase your chance of getting a visa. Before going for an interview, you should prepare well in advance from having answers at your fingertips to having all the documents and look presentable.
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5. Insufficient Funds
This is one of the common reasons of visa rejection. Always make sure that you have sufficient bank balance. Especially, if you are applying for a tourist visa. All the embassies ask for your updated bank statement to make sure you can afford your flight and accommodation for the days you are travelling if you are going on a tourist visa.
6. Involving in Illegal or Criminal Activities
Do not involve yourself in any criminal offense or illegal activities in your home country or while travelling abroad. This can adversely affect your chances of visa approvals in the future. If you have any kind of criminal record, you might be deported and ban permanently on entering a country.
7. Be a good Communicator
When you go for the interview, communicate properly, be clear about what you say and let the visa official understand you. The officials can be very intimidation at times, but do not be rude to them when answering questions. Remember to be calm, clear and audible.
8. Insufficient Proof of reason to return
Embassies fear that you would be overstaying, so remember you have every reason and proof that strengthens your chance to prove that you are definitely going to return to your home country. They might ask you for proof of rootedness which includes a letter from an employer or a letter from the school. Some will even ask for tax details and family documents as well as your property details.
9. Weak ties to Sponsor or Inviter
Do not think if you are invited by someone living in that country means it is easier for you to obtain a visa. Often having someone in that country can work against you. Having someone in that country gives you a strong reason to overstay. Having someone in the country doesn’t mean the embassy will not check your documents or your financial status, rather it will complicate the procedure and you will be required to provide extra documents. If the relationship appears to be weak or distant with your sponsor it can adversely affect your visa application and result in visa rejection.
10. Do not give unnecessary information
Do not attach unnecessary documents in your application. Also, during the interview, do not give too much of information if not required. Just answer what you are asked for and do not keep blabbering.
How can Akbar Travels help?
There could be many reasons for your visa rejection, which sometimes could be very silly and avoidable but with very little knowledge about visa application you end up making mistakes. That is exactly when Akbar Travels can help you with your all your VISA worries. We can help you assess your eligibility and understand the visa requirements and processes involved. It’s our job to ensure that we are updated on the visa law, and act in the best interest of our customers.