A trip? How to get any visa
A visa is an official stamp of a country’s embassy or high commission on a person’s passport or travel document, officially authorizing them to travel to that country for a period of time specified in the visa for a specific purpose.
A person may be refused entry to a country for which they do not have a valid entry visa and may be repatriated if they successfully enter the country but are later discovered.
Any person who meets the visa rules and regulations can obtain a visa. More often than not, people are denied visas not because they are not qualified for it, but because they fail to use basic knowledge to understand what the visa officer is really asking of them. Below are suggestions on what to do before applying for a visa to a country with a high visa rejection rate:
Is your passport virgin or not? According to experts, 70 percent of your success in securing a visa from a country with a high visa refusal rate depends on the answer to this question.
A raw passport is one that has just been issued recently (or at an earlier date) but does not have a visa for any country in it. This means that either the bearer has not traveled beyond the shores of his country of residence, or that no country has found him worthy of being granted a visa, etc.
A passport that has lost its virginity is the exact opposite of virgin. The holder is likely to have been to many countries or to have received one or more visas from other countries without being physically there. This means that these countries trusted him and therefore issued him the visas.
The important thing to learn is: for a higher visa success rate, never apply for a visa in a country with a high visa rejection rate with an original passport. If you do, chances are your passport will be stamped “visa refused”, which discredits your passport for future visa applications even at other countries’ embassies, and of course the visa fee is usually non-refundable.
You’re probably thinking, “How can I make my passport ‘virgin’?” The answer is through travel and tour companies. There are many of them. For a moderate fee, you will receive expert advice and assistance in obtaining any visa.
Other questions you should answer before going to the embassy include:
(a) Do I have a valid invitation letter?
(b) Have I made a hotel reservation or have a pre-arranged place to stay abroad?
(c) What is my financial situation? Do I have a bank statement?
(d) Have I ever been refused a visa by any country?
(e) Have I been convicted of any crime before?
(f) Who is sponsoring my trip?
(g) What is the purpose of my trip? etc.
Of all these, the most important thing is to have visas for other countries in your passport.