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. That said, however, what some embassies need to understand, is that some of us are perfectly okay living in Africa, we really just want to travel and return. Who wants to be among some racists and cold shitty weather anyway? Lol.
Anyway, if you’re planning on traveling 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.
If you have been denied a visa before, then you probably made a few mistakes in your application.
Let’s tackle those mistakes that can cause you to be denied a visa:
1. Incomplete forms.
When applying for a visa, you will have to fill in an application form. When doing so, you cannot leave blanks. Every detail counts!
2. Inconsistent signatures.
Believe it or not, if your signature is inconsistent, that alone can be a reason for your application to be declined. In fact, I recall once, (unrelated story) a bank manager declined to assist me and sent me to the bank where I applied for my account opening because she felt that my signatures were inconsistent.
3. 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.
4. 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 color and ears showing. This goes back to point number 1. Incomplete forms will be declined.
5. 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.
6. You are nervous during the interview.
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.
7. 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.
8. You failed to prove your return to your home country.
I cannot stress this point enough…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.
9. 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 shut up lol.
10. Be a good communicator.
When you present yourself for the interview, communicate properly, let the visa official understand you. They can be very very intimidating, but do not be rude when answering questions. Be calm, clear and audible.
11. You have no funds to pay for your visa.
You pay for your visa when going for the visa interview. Do not get there and suddenly remember that you left your wallet in your car or something. Preparedness is important. Also, make sure that you have carried exact money as change can be an issue.
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. I once got denied a visa to Dubai simply because of my age. But what to do? If declined, you appeal and support your application with more documentation that makes it stronger, then hope for the best.
13. Health requirements and language proficiency.
Depending on the type of visa you’re applying for, sometimes, some countries will ask for certain health requirements. 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.