So, you’re all set to leave your native country to live in a new, exciting place overseas.
Got your tickets booked, hotel suites reserved, airport transfers done, itinerary planed.
Wait, are you forgetting something? What about your visa application? Did you hear anything from the visa authority?
Let’s admit it, trip planning, packing, hotel bookings and airline tickets are all a breeze. The real struggle for most Indian migrants or travelers is getting through the visa process successfully.
When it comes visa application, there’s no room for carelessness and imprecision. All your planning and efforts can come crashing down on your face, if there happens to be even a little error in your application. What’s worse, the concerned authorities can exploit any excuse to turn down your visa without even providing any elucidation for the same.
You don’t want to be all done with the groundwork only to realize at the last moment that your visa application has been rejected. Do you?
So, it is important that you do your part in visa application to a tee.
Having said that, we have pulled together a few common yet deadly mistakes that can set you straight on your way to visa rejection.
- Mismatch your dates and you may forget them forever
One of the easiest way to put yourself in jeopardy of visa rejection is messing up the travel dates. Mismatch the dates of your intended journey on the form with those on the air tickets and you can wait for the rejection news to ruin your plans.
When filling a visa application, do take your time to ensure there’s nothing in your form that can create confusion and make the authorities feel uncertain about the details or information you have provided them with.
- Photo specifications are there for a reason
And you thought your photo is the last thing you need to care about when applying for a visa. NO! While there are clearly defined photo specifications on each application form, many visa applicants still make the mistake of adding a fancy, cropped out, old or blurry photo to their application form, which gets their application declined.
The authorities strictly advise applicants to pay attention to the specified photo requirements before they attach their photo ID to the form. With immigration laws gone more strict and inflexible than ever, some embassies obliges on using a photograph that is not older than 3 months and has never been used for a visa application before.
- OK, PO Box number can cause trouble too
As peculiar as it may sound, adding your post office box number in the address section of application form can turn out to be a reason for visa rejection. First of all, PO Box number isn’t a constituent of your residential address. Second of all, the visa authorities need precise and spot-on details in the address column and providing a PO box number will only increase the chances of rejection.
- Missing documents can take a toll
Tens of thousands of applications are received by the embassies on a daily basis. Immigration and visa professionals don’t have time to spare and thus they look for precise information and decline applications they find incomplete or uncertain.
Forgetting to include sealed bank statements may persuade the authority to question the authentication of your documents. Make sure all your documents are verified by the concerned bank to avoid getting rejected.
- Don’t get your visa category wrong
Immigration laws are downright intricate and perplexing and as are visa categories. Different countries have different visa categories with distinct eligibility criteria and rules. One of the trickiest part of visa application process is determining what kind of visa you need, which visa category you fall in.
Picking the wrong category will have you waste both your time and money. Sit back and think over the purpose of your travel and decide how long you are going to stay abroad and this will in turn help you figure out a suitable category for your visa application.
- Did you fill out your form completely?
Filling out a visa application form can be a bit time consuming given the number of sections and columns there are to answer. No matter how tempted you’re to rush to the last page and just get done with it, it is necessary to spend enough time to look through each section attentively.
Leaving any section blank will mark your application as incomplete increasing the chances of the application getting immediately dismissed. Doesn’t matter how long it takes, don’t submit your application until you have answered each question with facts and details you can support.
- Oops, your signature don’t match up
Your signature is a form of your personal identification which must remain consistent across all the documents and forms when applying for a visa. Several applicants get their application declined because the signature on their visa form doesn’t exactly match the one on their passport.
You sure don’t want a tiny signature to be the reason of your visa rejection. So, make certain that your signature is consistent throughout the form and across all attached documents.
- Is your passport still valid?
Your passport and visa go hand in hand. Many applicants skip over the validity clause when applying for a visa ending up getting their application refused. For any applicant to be issued a visa, he/she must have their passport valid for at least next three months.
- Not to forget, manual errors
While you’re ensuring the validity of your passport, documents, signature and other information on your application form, it is needless to say that manual errors like misspelling a word, checking the wrong box, scribbling, striking through words and more can result in immediate rejection.
To help avoid such errors, consider taking significant time to read questions and then write their answers cautiously. Also, reading the form once before submitting is better than going through the reapplication process in case errors show up in the submitted application.
The final word
Applying for a visa cannot be that challenging of a task. However, the likes of mistakes mentioned above can not only make the process overwhelming for you but also get your visa rejected altogether.
Listed here were only a few errors one could end up making when applying for a visa. The chances are you could be making mistakes that aren’t stated here but are certainly getting your visa rejected.
The point is you must avoid making any kind of manual mistakes in your application that can cause confusion and uncertainty about your identity and credentials in order to have a seamless visa application experience.