Planning a great holiday is a lot of effort. Believe it or not, it could be one of the most taxing things to do. Finally you are all set with the destination, how to go, where to stay, things to do, and you are waiting for the visa approval. Imagine the horror that comes with a rejected visa. All those hard work, dreams of a long well-deserved break, all down the drain. All because of some things you overlooked while applying for visa. Don't let this be your story, here are five things to keep in mind while applying for visa.
Dot The I's And Cross The T's: Keeping It Official
IMPORTANT: When you are filling in your visa application form, make sure you fill all the information requested and in the right format. Being specific is important. Filling in the correct name, passport number, date of birth according to your passport is very important. Be consistent with your official documents or identity proof. For instance, if the first name and last name is written in the reverse order in your official documents, writing it any other way will lead to your visa getting issued with incorrect details.
Check The Checklist
A checklist acts as an effective tool when putting together a fool-proof application. But it is important to remember that different countries have different documentation requirements. Make sure to check the destination-specific lists when applying. One of the most common mistakes that applicants make is not referring to the checklist, or referring to a standardised checklist for visa applications thus missing out on attaching essential documents during submission. Even a single missing document could render the application incomplete. Therefore, crosschecking with the country-specific information becomes essential before applying for visa. VFS Global information pages has destination-specific customised list for you to check.
Bank Statement Attestation
There are some countries that require applicants to submit their duly attested bank statements. A lot of applicants make the mistake of not attesting the statements.
Every country has a different turnaround time for processing a visa application, which in turn varies depending on the peak travel seasons. Often, travellers leave their visa applications to the last minute, leaving themselves very little wiggle time to meticulously follow the checklist and ensure every requirement is met. Most countries accept applications up to 90 days prior to travel, and applying for a visa well in advance allows enough time to deal with any unforeseen delays.
The sponsor details, where required, help officials understand the applicant’s support system in the country of travel, making these details extremely crucial to the visa decision. Therefore it is imperative to ensure we fill in the correct details in the sponsor section of the Visa Application Form and submit relevant sponsorship documents as per the requirements of the country of travel.