When you are planning the trip of your dreams, visa application paperwork can often be a thorn in your side.
There are many factors to consider and the reality is harsh – if you’ve made a mistake on your visa application, it will be refused. End of story.
Here are our pro tips on avoiding the most common visa application mistakes and how to improve your chances of a successful outcome.
We always recommend applying in advance of your travel date. If you leave everything for the last minute, this may result in errors, incomplete information and misplaced documents.
If this is your first time to apply for a visa, double-check the processing time of the embassy and if you don’t know the process, it’s good to have enough time to check the requirements and gather all the documents.
To avoid unforeseen circumstances and to ensure your visa application isn’t derailed, apply the earliest you can.
We advise that you start applying at least 3 months before the start of your trip.
Check what documents you need
Every visa is different. It’s a good idea to print out the list of required documents, so you have a checklist you can refer to while you go to offices or banks and compile the required papers.
Keep in mind, that there are documents which contain almost similar information, but are not the same.
There are embassies which require that you submit additional documents. For instance, if you are applying for a China tourist visa, you will need to submit documents in support of your activities, their corresponding dates, contact details and accommodation. You can’t just submit a list of Chinese tourist attractions that you want to visit.
Have a clear purpose of travel
Why do you want to visit that country? In almost every application form, this is one of the most basic things asked. Will you be visiting friends and family or are you travelling simply for sightseeing? Will you be meeting a client or visiting a conference?
You will be asked to prove your reason. So, whatever it is, it must be honest and clear.
In the end, the main thing that concerns officers in the Embassy is if you are a potential immigrant, who wants to stay on a tourist visa.
Everything is really simple here – you must indicate the real purpose for which you plan to visit a particular country.