What you need to know

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.

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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.

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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.

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