How to Avoid Getting your Visa Denied

by Anna Maria Cos Alcantara

A lot of people get denied a visa on a day-to-day basis, for different reasons. For example, the most common reasons include not coming prepared for the interview, not having enough relevant documents to show that you do not intend to look for job opportunities, and not having enough proof of the purpose of your travel.
Don’t worry though, there’s a lot of ways to make sure that you’ll never have to face the nightmare of getting denied a visa. Here are some tips on how you can increase your chances –

1. Travel to visa-free countries first. I can’t emphasize this enough. Even if you want your first out of the country trip to be some European country, save that dream for another year. Visit countries that don’t require a visa – consuls tend to look at the number of countries or stamps that you have on your passport. Think of these stamps as like those line items that you put in your CV to make it more interesting.

2. Build your savings account. Make sure that you’re depositing money regularly to signify that you have a steady stream of income here in the Philippines. I’m afraid that depositing a big amount of money into your bank account days before your application won’t work – there’s no way to cheat this step! The embassy can and
will be able to track that.

3. Make sure that your documents support your purpose of travel. If you intend to join a conference, present your ticket or your invite. If you simply want to travel for leisure, make sure that your bank account can realistically support the entire duration of your travel.

4. Prepare for your interview. You can have all the documents, have a collection of stamps on your passport, and have all the money in the world – but if you’re not ready to swiftly answer the consul’s questions, then you’re basically sabotaging yourself. On the other hand, don’t worry if the consul doesn’t ask you too many
questions – from my personal experience, it’s actually a good sign!

Remember that different embassies have different requirements. Make sure that you prepare more than enough documents, and always put your best foot forward! You won’t regret going the extra mile in your preparation when you get that coveted visa on your passport.

Good luck!

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