Having a Visa application refused can be a confusing, frustrating, and upsetting experience. It always feels personal, and always seems judgmental as well as unfair. For many of us, especially those from developing countries, we could travel the world more if getting a visa was as easy as ABC. But you cannot blame countries for tightening regulations on entry for foreign visitors. People who visit countries and end up becoming illegal immigrants ruin it for the rest of the people who honestly just want to travel. A visa refusal or denial brings disappointment, frustration, and confusion over what to do next.
Anyway, if you’re planning on travelling abroad, for most cases, a visa will be a requirement and more often than not, getting one is not usually a walk in the park and also there are visa free countries where you don’t have to get visa before you enter while some require Visa on arrival, whichever way make sure you know the law and requirement of the country you wish to travel to, so that you won’t be disappointed at the airport.
If you have been denied a visa before, then you probably made a few mistakes in your application.
Let’s take a look at those mistakes that can cause you to be denied a visa:
- Incomplete Application or Supporting Documentation
When applying for a visa, you will have to fill in an application form. When doing so, you cannot leave blanks. Every detail counts. You also need to present all the necessary information or documents for the consular officer to determine your visa eligibility. This is a soft refusal because you get the opportunity to correct the problem before a final decision is made. You may also be informed that the Consulate will conduct further administrative processing of your application (e.g. security checks) before it instructs you on next steps or issues a decision. This can be triggered by database hits, fraud prevention unit investigations, alerts lists, and administrative errors. Most administrative processing is resolved within 60 days of the visa interview, but the timing varies based on individual circumstances.
- False information.
It’s very important to be truthful and not give any false information just in the event they decide to verify your details. Matter of fact, false information can lead you to be banned by not just one embassy but all, especially if applying for a Schengen visa.
- Failure to present all required documentation.
When applying for a visa, obviously, you are required to attach a few documentation to support your application. You need to make sure that all documents needed are attached, If it was a letter from school or a letter from employer, travel insurance etc. Everything has to be perfect including the passport photo which has to be in the right measurements, background colour and ears showing.
- You’re considered ‘enemy of the state’.
If the visa officials suspect you have sinister reasons for visiting the country, or perhaps you have been involved in some fraud cases previously, it could be a problem. Remember, your finger prints are taken while applying for a visa.
- You are nervous during the interview or wrong answer.
When applying for a visa, most embassies will require you to present yourself physically for an interview. The interview is just a chance to present the documentation, and support your reasons for travel. You need to have your answers at your fingertips – look at it as though you’re going for a job interview, present your documents in an organized manner, also, make sure that you look presentable, a nice shirt and pants for the gents and a blouse and skirt or pants for the ladies will do, also some applicants are being rejected because of their answers during interviews. For example, a lot of people response positively when being asked if they had any friends or relatives in the state they were going to visit. The consular officer may reason out that since the applicant has a relation abroad, there is a tendency the person may not want to return home, so they get their applications rejected.
- Insufficient funds.
This is one of the reasons so many people get declined. Rarely will they allow you to use the bank account details of someone else such as if your trip is being sponsored by someone; so always make sure that you have sufficient funds. Especially if you’re applying for a tourist visa. Mostly, they will want to see that you have 50$ to use per day and that you can afford your flight and accommodation for the days you are travelling, if it’s a tourist visa. So, if the visa officer was not satisfied with your balance on the bank statement, you would be rejected.
- You failed to prove your return to your home country.
Visa seekers are to have ties in their home country. It can be in a form of land properties, a running business, marriage, family, and children. Such ties give visa officer some level of trust that the applicant will surely return home. if you’re going to visit, you have to prove that you are definitely going to return to your home country. That’s why they ask for documents such as a letter from employer or a letter from school. Some will even ask for tax details and family documents as well as your house lease contract. Especially if you’re under 25 and you just finished university, they see as though you will go and get married to someone and not come back.
- Giving unnecessary extra information.
Do not attach documents that you weren’t asked for in your application. Also, during the interview, do not give too much information; it might lead to you shooting yourself in the foot. Just answer what you’re asked and keep calm.
- Be a good communicator.
When you present yourself for the interview, communicate properly, let the visa official understand you. They can be intimidating, but do not be rude when answering questions. Be calm, clear and audible.
- Applying for the wrong type of visa A common example of this is when people from outside the UK wish to move to and settle in the UK. However, they mistakenly think they have to apply for a visit visa first, and then whilst the UK apply to switch to a settlement visa. “Switching” is not allowed from a visit visa, and any suggestion that this might be someone’s plan, the Home Office would also refuse the visit visa
Sometimes, in all honesty, you might have all your papers and you did everything that was required of you but still got denied. Whether you like it or not, it’s normally the age factor (being too young with potential not to return to home country). Sadly, there are so many people who go to other countries for the wrong reasons, drug trafficking and prostitution being top of the list. Someone was denied a visa to Dubai simply because of her age. But if declined, you appeal and support your application with more documentation that makes it stronger, then hope for the best.
- Health requirements and language proficiency.
Depending on the type of visa you’re applying for, sometimes, some countries will ask for certain health requirements like Copy of international vaccination card (yellow fever card). Other countries will require you to prove your language proficiency so if you do not meet these requirements, then you will not be offered a visa.
Have you ever been denied a visa? What were the reasons?