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I don't know which type of visa to apply for

Oftentimes when many people desire to travel abroad, they only glance through the document checklist and forward the required documents to the travel agent for visa application, without necessarily understanding the nuts and bolts for such visa category. People assume that attaching landed properties, receipt of cars in their names or reference letters from their place of work would influence the perception of the Consular on their visa application. An applicant needs to undergo an eligibility or assessment test for the visa category he/she intends to apply for, before getting started with the application. Every visa category has its own class of prospective applicants and it will be a grand failure for someone who does not belong to such a category to apply. For instance, someone who is above 30 years old should not apply for a BSc programme abroad. There are various deployable options to explore international advantages, but the prerequisite is an eligibility test by a professional, the result will suggest the most appropriate pathway for such a prospect.

May 10

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I stayed 5 months on my first visit as a tourist, and all my subsequent applications have been denied.

Most people are not always conscious of the nature of the tourist visa and the options they alluded to when applying for the visa, which often leads to the abuse of the visa and would not be treated with levity in the process of visa renewal. Yes, most country’s tourist visas (US, Canada and UK) allow visitors a maximum stay of up to 6 months in a single entry, but this does not translate to staying that stretch of time . It is not illegal to stay up to 6 months, but it can be inappropriate and counter-productive. Of course, a tourist visa allows a visiting person entry into another country for business, medical treatment or pleasure, it is realistically expected that the length of duration guesstimated for such a trip is as promised during visa interview, or slightly more. Unfortunately, most tourist visa applicants present their visa application under the guise that they would be staying between two - three weeks. This short stay is believed to be substantiated by the applicant’s employment claim in their home country, and the visa officer’s assumption that the applicant would be returning to his job accordingly. In most cases, after your first visa expires, especially if you cannot reasonably justify the unprecedented stretch of stay (5 months), subsequent applications for the same visa category will be denied. If you were the Consular, how would you feel to realize that the presumed tourist who told you that he would be staying 2 weeks actually went to spend 5 months...played? You satisfied yourself for only a short period, but have ultimately hurt yourself and your profile by leaving the embassy with an adverse impression that you might have the migration intentions. No Consular would give you a tourist (or any temporary) visa if they have an impression that you might not return. It will be difficult to convince the Consular that you were not working illegally on the tourist visa class that you had, especially since you claimed that you had a job in your home country before the visa was granted at the first instance. When you get a tourist visa, you must ensure that you respect the claims for which reason you got the visa. If you must explore more in that country, let it be on a different visit if you have a multiple entry visa. If you are already experiencing this, you can speak with any of our consultants for available options for you.

May 10

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Don't fall for it: We will arrange an invitation for you

This is an outrageous attempt made by some travel agencies to get clients they are working for on visa applications believing that they will get the visa ultimately, this unfortunately is a sham and untrue. The process of getting an invitation is not such that could be manipulated by any dubious means as these countries always ensure immigrants pass through the due process before getting into their country and any suspected manipulated document would be thoroughly investigated, which could attract a penalty of a 10 year ban on such applicant's profile that will suffer a dent. Besides, in most cases, the unsuspecting applicant (you) might not even have any idea of the profile of the said invitation the agent is getting. Where a seemingly genuine invitation is secured from someone that you do not know at all, then you stand the risk of adverse association. This means that if the person already has a criminal record, then you will be viewed in similar light, and may not be considered for visa in years... worst of it is if the person got into that country illegally and later regularized (got his documents), then it is highly unlikely that you will ever be granted that visa. Never make an agent get you an invitation from someone you don’t even know! Hey, the most interesting truth is that you do not even need ANY invitation to visit any country of the world! But, in a bid to convert clients and increase profitability, some agents may damn the consequences with such heinous thought, throwing the applicant into the claws of a severe punishment. We believe that visa application is the art of storytelling and not falsification and misrepresentation. If you’ve been in these shoes, you can speak with our consultants on how to right your wrongs.

May 10

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“What do I consider when deciding a province to migrate to in Canada?”

Of a truth, there are boundless but dispersed opportunities to explore in Canada, and primarily a considerable choice should be the nucleus of your decision.
Employment: Some provinces offer greater jobs and job development prospects for certain professions. Thus, it put a demand on an immigrant to consult a professional's advice on the province that would suit his/her occupation.
Living Expenses: The cost of living differs considerably as it is in our home country, and it is advisable to be guided about each province’s cost of living.
Healthy Facility: Health service in Canada is facilitated by each province’s government and each has different durations of waiting periods before a person can qualify for the services.
Housing: There is no equality in rent and mortgage in Canada provinces. High demands affect the increase in rent/mortgage costs.

May 17

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My Waka Gist

Pack what you need and even those you’re still in doubt about. Going on a trip can cause pretty much butterflies in your tummy that you may end up being confused on what to pack and what not to, especially if it’s your first time going on that trip. Well, you can slice off those butterflies wings now, we got you covered. Here’s what you need and of course a bit more if you’re extra.
1.Appropriate clothing for the season: Okay, this is it! Once you get this wrong, you’d certainly be wrong all through, no kidding. If you’re travelling this summer, all you need is summer clothes. Summer clothes work best for hot seasons. If it's winter, there really may be no need for a bikini, don’t stack up boxes for apparels that won’t even make it to see the light of the day.
2.Foot Wear: Thinking this is no biggie? Haha! You’re wrong. Having footwear that fits each purpose is definitely needed. The season you’re travelling is also a great factor for what footwear to pack. And here’s a tip to always remember, pack a pair of socks even if it’s summer. You can wear them in-house just to keep your feet fine and good all day.
3.Toiletries/Skincare Products:You can not go wrong with taking care of your skin. This matters a whole lot. Ensure to get toiletries and skincare products that your skin is used to so as not to cause any skin irritation.
4.Money:Who doesn’t love money? I’m sure no one needs a soothsayer to know this. You certainly would need money and depending on the type of trip, the amount you need may differ. So just ensure you’ve the amount you need and maybe a little bit more.

May 17

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Beauty of the World: Let Kenya Blow Your Mind

Kenya is one of the few places that offers such extraordinary opportunities to view exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. This is a region of dramatic contrasts and extraordinary wildlife on display with landscapes of great beauty and variety. Kenya offers scenic safari tours, lounging on pristine beaches and a broad range of sporting activities with an endless list of adventures. Let’s take you round Kenya to see:
National Parks & Reserves:the vast life in Kenya can be found throughout the country’s wildlife parks and reserves. Many times you’re able to see exotic animals like lions, cheetahs, monkeys and many others in their natural habitat. There are even many homes in Kenya that have wild monkeys living in front and backyards. As with many places in Africa, many times you’re able to play with some of the eotic animals at places like the animal orphanage (I’d recommend the babies not the adults).
Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya: While the majority of mountKilimanjaro is in Tanzania, it also sits on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Towering at over 19,000 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is the 4th largest free standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa. It’s great for hiking and other outdoor activities and many say that the best views of the great mountain come from Kenya. In order to get the mountain you’ll have to cross into Tanzania and pick a good tour guide.
The Great Rift Valley: Thus is one of the most unique things to see in the country. The country also has a bountiful system of lakes and rivers. Kenya lays claim to the second largest freshwater lake in the world in Lake Victoria. Lake Bogoria is one of the most popular Kenya tourist attractions and is known for its hot springs, geysers and the Great Rift Valley. The valley is a geological phenomenon that is great for pictures and exploring.
African Safari & Great Migration:The African Safari is the most popular tourist attraction of all the things you can do in Kenya. There you can see The Big 5 and the great migration of tens of thousands of wildebeest. The wildebeest migrate between Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The best time to see the migration is in July and August. Make sure you don’t end up spending thousands of dollars for a Safari.

May 17

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My Ugly Visa Story: My Bank Account Statement

One of the things I wrote in my wishlist was to visit Canada and experience the entrancing thrills that my colleague shared with me when she went for honeymoon.
The fascinating stories she gave would pass for someone who stayed for the length of 5 years. It was intriguing as she gave every detail of their love escapade in Canada. I nipply scribbled on my notepad to visit Canada in 2019 and as fate would have it, it appeared as if the wish would be fulfilled. I got my 2-week leave approved from work and I dreaded being idle, so i thought it safe to engage myself with a 7 - day trip to Toronto, Canada. I spoke to an agent and we got started - it was going smoothly and I had suddenly started feeling the aura of Toronto while in Lagos, Nigeria. The agent called me and explained that the bank statement I sent might dwindle the whole plan because there was no serious activity on the account and that the funds I have on it was somewhat low, but because he noticed the intense urge I had for this trip, he’d help me find a a way to get a bank statement but it’d come with an additional fee and I responded hurriedly, “Bro do it pls, I don't mind” The application was submitted and I had done the biometric, all I was waiting for was to get an email to come and submit my passport at the embassy. Yes, truly an email came in but not to submit my passport but that I had been found inadmissible and would face a 5-year ban for submitting a bank statement which was forged and used as a valid document for my visa application.
I screamed out my anger at him and requested why he failed to brief me on the likely consequences of this action, but he said, “I thought you knew all of it” The truth is that the Canada Embassy would always review and confirm the genuineness of every document used in any application and it is not advisable to use fake documents as it could be counterproductive and even costly. Liaise with one of our Consultants on possible solutions on profiling with bank statements that are reasonably “low”.

May 17

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How I handled COVID anxiety

I know what a panic attack feels like. I’ve been there before. So the hours after the weeks of the declaration of the pandemic with endless scrolling and non-stop news updates, I found myself feeling…off. Despite all the news, I thought I was handling things well until I wasn’t sure of myself. Suddenly, I felt dissociated and disconnected from my physical surroundings, I was beginning to have a retrospective about my relationship with many people. A rush of anxious thoughts flooded my mind.
“How long will the travel industry suffer? What about my job? I’ve worked so hard to get here and now this? “My chest feels heavy. Is that the Corona? Will I wake up tomorrow with it, as it looks clearly unsure What if any of my family members get it? Then what if one of them dies?
“How many people will die? What will the world be like after this? What about the homeless, the elderly, the young, the dreams. Just many what ifs ran through my mind.
In a matter of seconds, my chest felt tight, and the world felt dark and blank. At that moment, I whipped out my journal book & scribbled my thoughts onto the page. I thought I was feeling okay, so where is this coming from? LOL well, I’d spent the entire day consuming constant (bad) news along with thousands of other people’s fears. At this point, I couldn’t even separate how I felt from how others were feeling. These days, I know what tools work when anxiety strikes, but it can feel hard to grasp onto them in the midst of a global pandemic.
I say all of this to say that, you may be feeling a lot right now too. If so, that’s completely normal. Your concerns are valid & real, but be mindful of allowing it to consume you for the sake of your mental & physical health. After all, stress has a major effect on our immune systems.
When this virus was at its peak, I found myself constantly consuming the news on social media, television, etc. I couldn’t look away. These days? I began to read more about many theories that were conjured by different people, hoping that there would be a faint bit of knowledge that would suggest what the future ahead looks like. I found none, rather my pulse was growing with the exponential increase in death rates across the world.
Although things were changing, I was catastrophizing & predicting a future that hadn’t even arrived. It’s really easy to feel like it’s the end of the world, especially when the media is constantly spewing negative news with piles of images.
Exercising my body always makes me feel better. It’s a practice that has vastly improved my mental health, even when I am out on the road. I never thought I’d be that person that enjoys working out, but here we are. I was playing more of my table tennis game, we were observing social distancing guidelines while still keeping fit and safe.
I learnt and gave myself to act of gratitude - for each day that I see and each day that I complete without becoming a victim of the virus. It was just a miracle. I know it can seem cliché or even ‘fake deep’ but gratitude is simply life-changing. I highlight 3 - 5 things that I am grateful for DAILY. I remind myself of all of the blessings that are present, this immediately lessens those feelings of anxiety about the future.
As someone who is usually on the go, I suddenly have more time than ever before. This was probably the case for everyone, but if you find yourself with more time on your hands then it may be a good time to know more about what is happening around the world. I was reading, taking an online class, learning a new skill, planning a future trip, etc. These were not about any immediate productivity, but simply having something to work on and occupy my mind on a daily basis. I was reading books that have sat on my ‘to-read’ list for years. This helped to keep my mind busy, which ultimately prevented overthinking and sustained me through this scary phase of life. Such a short time that seemed forever.

May 17

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Travel Love Language

Many books have offered insights into the numerous love languages, which describe how we must recognize love from others. It is helpful to understand your own, your spouse's, and your family/friends' love languages so that you might communicate affection in the way it is most special to them.
Let's take a look at the love languages through the lens of flight. None of these are you?
Words of Affirmation
Following your flight, you receive a text that reads, "You are the greatest travel buddy EVER!!! Let's do it again soon,” or they thank you profusely for accompanying them on their journey. This is a melody to your ears, and you've already planned your next vacation together.
Physical Touch
You'll fret if you can't get together on the plane and who will you hold hands with? You're all boo'd up in your apartments, giving each other massages and who knows what else. The whole city is sick of your Public Display of Affection, but you're so immersed in each other that you don't care.
Quality Time
You're taking a road trip to a resort center with no phones so you can rely only on each other. You'll be doing things like hiking, touring and playing games. To be honest, it doesn't matter if you're staying in a ditch as long as you're together. Love is just in the air.
Acts of Service
They organized the whole trip for you, from beginning to end. They also helped you in packing your things. They prepare breakfast in the B&B every morning and dinner reservations at the Michelin-starred restaurant you've been waiting to try. They're taking the most instagrammable pictures of you, capturing all of the angles. Everyone else is just living in your world, babe.
Receiving Gifts
You can’t just believe that they surprised you with a fully paid trip to a place you’ve saved on your wish list for a while. You’re all set and they find you the perfect souvenir to remember your baecation. The memory is always rich and fun.
Have you found your love languages?
Probably travel is your love language in general! I personally feel that mine is quality time and act of service. I think physical touch is part of it too, lol.

May 17

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I lost the visa because of my travel itinerary.

“Many people who apply for visas only channel all their efforts on getting the visa and do not necessarily consider the viable factors that would show a compelling sense of preparedness for the trip - one of these factors is ‘travel itinerary’ and it is obvious that some people don’t even know what this looks like.“Unfortunately, I’m unable to give you the visa” - the female Consular said to me with a wry laughter.
I applied for the US visa and all that mattered to me was to find ways to convince the Consular that I would return back to my country and I had no plan to stay in the US. I had read the application form and even placed it below my pillow and was glancing through it intermittently as I woke up. At some point, it even appeared like I lost my sleep when I could not close my eyes again; I simply took the application form and was ‘cramming’ the information I gave therein.
The travel agent has told me that home ties and travel history were essential and I was glad that both were in check - I had been to Dubai for a 6-day vacation and I was at France for my colleague’s wedding ceremony, and even attended the graduation ceremony of my younger brother at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. I knew I was surefire good for the travel history and home ties - given my position as a Senior Manager in the banking sector, I got a letter of recommendation from the Regional HR Department, I attached the property documents; and I knew nobody could be more eligible than I was.
It was my turn and I entered with these documents, the Consular and I were having a smooth session, and as she was requesting for each document, I would present it with confidence, but when she asked for my travel itinerary, I was dazed and pretended to be fumbling in my bag, knowing fully well that I don’t have it.
“There is no way you can prove to me that you are going for a vacation, even when you do not have a structured travel itinerary. Many people who apply for visas... “I was really embittered that I got denied because of that ‘trivial’ reason.
We at Birdview Travels and Tours are careful not to leave any stone unturned for your visa application, having the right knowledge that any loophole could be the area of concentration by the Consular.

May 17

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Can a visa application be refused after biometric?

Many people have the impression that in the cause of visa application and they get a letter of biometric collection from the embassy, that it already assures the issuance of visa - this assumption is far from the truth, as this is just the line of activity of visa application for some countries.
Most countries of the world do not conduct interviews for visa applicants, rather they only receive the applicant’s document via online submission (which should be thorough and explanatory, because it will be representing the applicant before the Consular that would be deciding the fate of the application). Thereafter, the applicant will be called to visit an authorised agency for the collection of biometric information of such applicant.
The embassions in this category always sound a loud disclaimer that biometric collection is not a guarantee or requisite for visa issuance specifically, rather they only engage applicants with this activity in order to have their data information and clear differentiation among numerous applicants who probably have the same names, as it is known that everyone in the world has a unique biometric information.
Then, after the biometric collection, the embassy will begin to review and access the visa applications that had been submitted. Any applicant who has not given his/her biometric information, except for kids who are minors, are as good as not having made a visa application yet.
It is after the biometric collection that the embassy will begin to run background check eligibility of the applicant for visa issuance. It shocks some applicants that even after biometric collection, they still get denied.
We are always ready to guide you on your next application and you can be assured of desired results. Should you find this post helpful, kindly use the share button.

May 17

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“I Was Denied U.S. Tourist Visa Because My Visa Was A Green Card Holder”

It is highly possible to have a spouse who is a green card holder in the US and you still get denied when you apply for a U.S. tourist visa. Making plans to visit your spouse in the United States on a tourist visa while your marriage-based green card (I-130 petition) application processing is still pending could attract a denial.
The challenges and risks involved are huge, as you would need to convince the Consular that you plan to stay only for a short time and would leave the United States before your tourist visa expired, because the Consular interviewing you could suspect that you are trying to bypass the green card process to be with your spouse sooner.
Although you intend to live permanently in the United States once you receive your green card, you will need to present a superior logic to the Consular that you will not be settling in the United States yet. That can be difficult to do if you have already quit your job and sold all of your property in your home country. That is why many people choose to visit the United States before doing either of those things. It is therefore important to present strong evidence that you plan to return to your home country after your short visit — though there is still always a risk of denial, as admission is never guaranteed.

May 17

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