Welcome to Visa House Travels!
We are here to help you achieve your goal of getting your dream visa in an easy to follow process!
1. The most important step is to determine what type of visa do you need. Please take your time to read VISA TYPE AND DOCUMENTS section on our website.
It will help you to understand visa differences or double check your visa choice.
2. Contact us on email@example.com to request most up to date application form. Don’t forget to mention the type of application you need as well as reason for your travel and destination.
3. Read all the tips on how to fill the form. FILLING THE APPLICATION FORM
4. Fill the forms, gather needed documents and upload it using UPLOAD THE APPLICATION section
5. We will give you our feedback on what to change or add.
6. When you adjust the documents in line with our suggestions re-upload your application as every application has 2 revision rounds. For travel booking tips go through TRAVEL BOOKING SECTION
7. We will give you feedback or green light. Please make sure you apply our feedback before submitting your documents to the embassy.
8. You are ready to get your visa, submit the all documents to the embassy (use our CHECKLIST to make sure you have everything)
9. Prepare for interview using our VISA INTERVIEW tips
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If you have recently been refused a visa because of a lack of travel experience or history, then understanding
TRAVEL HISTORY might be of help to you. The concept of having a travel history differs from embassy to embassy.
2. CANADA HIGH COMMISSION
Canada’s immigration has one of the trickier definitions of travel history. To them, travel history falls into 2 main categories
– those with no travel history based on the US embassy’s definition of travel history
– those with travel history but applying for a visa to travel for the wrong purpose.
In other words, if you are refused a visa by the Canadian High Commission because of a lack of travel history, it might be because you have none. But if you have travel history to US, UK, Germany, etc. and was still refused, the reason might be because even though you are traveling for say a conference, business or tour, their checks might have revealed that you have not in the past traveled for a conference, business or tour.
TIP: Always be accurate with your travel purpose because a negative background check might affect you visa approval.
3. UK HIGH COMMISSION
4. SCHENGEN CONSULATES
HOW TO BUILD TRAVEL HISTORY?
LIST OF VISAS ON ARRIVAL COUNTRIES FOR NIGERIA’S PASSPORT HOLDERS
It is obvious that some visas are more accessible than the other but with careful planning and organization, your travel history will make you one step closer to achieve your goal.
We know that booking a hotel and a flight not knowing if the visa will be granted can be confusing. That is why we want to provide you the reasons behind this requirement as well as give you the tips to book your flight and accommodation without stress of losing your money if visa is not granted.
Let’s start with frequently asked questions when it comes to travel bookings for visa application.
Do I need to purchase a flight ticket before applying for a visa? Will I lose a lot of money if I book a flight and hotel and my visa application is rejected or denied?
No. you DO NOT need to buy a full flight ticket or pay hotel reservations before applying for your visa.
Embassies and Consulate officials do not recommend that you make any full payments or payments at all before your visa is issued or granted.
Instead, officials will want a reservation/itinerary with dates and flights number specifying entry date and exit date from the country you plan to visit or the host country. Some embassies will accept flight itinerary when applying for a visa but may request the original air ticket when the visa is collected.
Why embassy or consulate ask for these documents while applying for visa?
These documents serve as proof that you will not be overstaying – why? The main reason why the embassy or the consulate of your travel destination country asks you for proof of a round-trip flight reservation is that they want to make sure you will not overstay your visa and will get back to your home country before it expires.
Since a round-trip reservation shows the departure and arrival to your home country, this is a convincing document that you will return.
This means you have to book a round trip flight reservation because otherwise, your reservation would be meaningless.
Another reason embassy asks for this is to decide the length of your visa. The officials at the embassy or consulate where you are applying at will decide on the length of your visa based on the Itinerary Flight so that you can get granted with a visa that allows you to stay at your destination country for as long as you need to, and not for a shorter period.
1. WHAT IS A FLIGHT RESERVATION?
A flight reservation is a document of a detailed plan of your flight or travel journey to a specific country.
In fact, it is only a flight/travel timetable on the chosen flight airline, comprised of a flight name, traveler’s name, a valid flight reservation booking number, arrival, and departure date, and airport IATA codes.
2. WHAT IS A FLIGHT ITINERARY FOR VISA?
A flight itinerary for a visa is a detailed route of your flight. It includes information such as flight name, your full names, departure/arrival timings along with dates, flight code, departure/arrival airport IATA
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE FLIGHTS & HOTEL RESERVATIONS FOR VISA APPLICATION PURPOSE
There are ways to make flight bookings for visa applications without payment and, no embassy expects you to purchase a flight or hotel bookings payment before you can apply for a visa. So, how can you make flight bookings without payment? We are going to explain the careful steps in the following below.
NOTE: Should case, you follow the careful steps first on your own but still cannot book your flight bookings and hotel bookings then, don’t hesitate to send us an email or be in touch to our customer’s care department for further help or guides on how to complete the process.
INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDES FOR FLIGHTS BOOKINGS
1. Go to any of these airline websites KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, or Turkish Airlines just to mention a few or any other airline that operates on your destination. Note: However, please remember that low-cost airlines usually don’t have the option of ticket reservation.
2. After landing on the airline’s website of your choice, choose a destination ( suitable for your case, let’s say your plan is to travel to London, then you choose London UK and key in your travel dates)
3. Choose a suitable ticket taking into account the price, departure time – This must align with your travel plan dates- the number of stops, travel duration, etc.
4. Fill out the information about the passenger: your Information Very Important
Choose flight insurance if necessary (optional) but NOTE: We do not recommend this because it might attract a token fee but you have the choice to make on your own.
5. On the booking payment section, choose the option reserve now and pay later OR the option pays through the bank.
NOTE: No Embassy expects you to actually make any flight payment or buy a flight ticket before your visa is Issued and, that is why we are recommending that you should choose the option reserve now and pay later or pay through the bank. Consular only want to see your flight booking details such as your full names, date of birth, flight number, booking confirmation number, airline name, departure date, and return date
6. Click “Book a flight” and a confirmation email will be sent to you with the details.
7. Now you need to print the ticket and take it with you to the embassy to apply for a visa. Keep in mind that you need to cut out the part where it says “The order must be paid before — (Your local time). WHY? Because it is not needed for your visa application.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTION ON HOW TO BOOK A HOTEL WITHOUT PAYING
Reminder: Free cancellation usually has an end date which is stated on the website. If you forget to cancel your booking till that time you will have to cover the cost of the booking.
Embassies that don’t accept booking intermediaries:
Biggest and most popular hotel groups are:
If you have any further questions, please send a mail narrating what the issue is, we will be glad to help!
The thought of being interviewed by a government official can be overwhelming, but
keep in mind that the interview’s purpose is simply to determine whether or not you meet visa requirements. You can set yourself up for success by carefully following our tips below:
Make sure that your schedule is clear for the appointment, but also take into consideration
your scheduled appointment time. Being late will increase your stress level and might affect your performance
To ensure you have every document needed prepare it day before the interview. Use our Checklist to double check.
As you prepare for your visa interview, remember that there’s no reason to fret – all you have to do is answer the questions as truthfully as possible and provide documentation to support your responses. Preparing in advance is a great idea, as it can reveal whether there are additional documents, certificates, or records you would be wise to bring with you to your interview.
LIKELY COMMON VISA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is the purpose of your trip?
When you answer this question, it’s important to be honest, as the purpose of your trip determines the type of visa you need.
How do you plan on financing your trip to the X country?
While there is no set amount of funds you are required to show, you want to prove that you can cover all costs associated with your trip. This may require you to estimate the cost of return travel tickets, lodging, boarding, domestic travel, and medical expenses.
To prove you have the financial resources to fund your trip, you may want to bring bank statements, credit cards, and/or payslips. A travel medical insurance policy could help demonstrate your ability to pay for medical expenses by showing that you have coverage for unexpected injury or illness.
Note that if you are unable to cover your entire trip cost yourself, you are allowed to provide evidence that another person will cover some or all of your costs. It is important you bring with you to the interview all the paper evidence in your sponsor’s names to demonstrate this claim or your sponsor’s documentation and thoroughly explained to the consular why your sponsor decides to finance your trip at this particular time as being indicated in your visa application.
Where are you going to stay during your trip?
As part of the visa application process, you should determine where you are going to stay while you are in the host country. The address should correspond to the one on your visa application. If you are going to be traveling around the country, then be prepared to provide a list of all the places you plan to visit as well as your planned accommodations.
Have you been to the X country before?
Answer this question with a simple yes or no. If yes, be ready to explain the purpose of any previous trips. You may also be asked where you went, what you did, and where you stayed.
Are you married? Is your spouse/partner traveling with you? Why/why not?
If you are married, mention the name and occupation of your spouse. If you are unmarried but have a partner, mention the name and occupation of your partner. If the spouse/partner is traveling with you, inform the interviewer of the same. If he/she isn’t, explain why that is so.
What guarantee is there that you will return home before your visa expires?
This part is the most important factor in all visa applications. This is where most consulate officers will focus on whether you have ties to your home country that provide you an incentive to return. You can show this incentive by providing evidence of real estate that you own back home, family members you will want to return to (birth certificates and marriage certificates may apply here), or proof that a job is waiting for you upon your return to your home country.
It is easy to get nervous as a lot depends on this one meeting but let your confidence shine through!
Maintain a confident posture, and look the interview officer straight in the eyes throughout the interview as well as when you are answering questions .
Greet the visa officer with a smile as soon as they enter the interview booth. Being polite always makes a big difference.
Take the time to think about your answer before you say it.
Make short, clear, and to -the -point replies in a loud and clear voice.
By mistake, you could give some unnecessary information that may lead to your rejection
Be polite, do not argue, and do not ask unnecessary or unrelated questions.
This may not work in your favor it may make the things worse. Be specific and to the point.
Even if you do not feel this is being reciprocated
Often there may be times when you might not understand what the interviewing officer is saying because of his/her accent and/ or the microphone system.
If you do not understand one of their sentences do not feel afraid to say, ‘Beg your pardon: I did not understand you’ If he/she repeats the question, and you still do not understand, that is not a problem DO NOT PANIC. Calmly and confidently say ”sorry, sir/madam, I still did not understand you. Could you kindly repeat what you said?
Always demonstrate to the interviewing officer that you have the intentions to return back to your home country after the end of your visit or studies
Always tell the truth and do not make stories up, even if they feel minor and irrelevant, as it’s sending a message that you can’t be trusted.
If you are a student, make sure you know what your admissions study program is all about and, why the education could be beneficiaries to your personal growth, the society and your contributions back to your home country. They may ask you questions about this.
You should always dress formal for your scheduled appointment. However, your appearance should always convey who you claim of who you are in your visa application forms. If you claim to be student, dress like a student and if you claim to be an executive, behalf like one and dress like one.
If your purpose is for tourism, ensure you have a valid reason why you want to visit at this specific time, and ensure you convince the interviewing officer.
Everyone knows basic rules of filling the application form:
– Make sure all your data is up to date
– Make sure you filled all the necessary parts and that by mistake you are not leaving the blanks
– Double check everything
But the crucial question is what visa officer would be looking for in your application form and supporting documents?
Make sure you mention points below as for Visa officers these points are most important:
1. That you intend to leave the host country after your visit
2. That you are genuinely seeking entry as a visitor, student visitor, or genuine traveler on whatever is your purpose of travel
3. That you are able to afford your trip and take care of yourself while there and that even if you have a sponsor, should the sponsor not take care of you, you are able to take care of yourself.
4. That you will not exhaust all your savings on the trip hence have no motivation to return back home or be tempted to seek work opportunities.
We can also benefit form mistakes done by other people, learn from them and don’t replicate it in our applications. Before you start filling in the forms learn the reasons why your visa application may be rejected. We can divide the reasons into 3 sections: Hosts and sponsors, Purpose of the travel, Documents and finance:
Hosts and sponsors:
1. Introducing too many relationships/people into your application. Some embassies conduct background checks on each person you include in your application and if even one of them has an issue your visa application will most likely be denied.
2. Using distant relatives as a sponsor for your trip. Immediate family increases your chances – mother, father, spouse, brother, sister, child
3. If there is a significant age gap between you and your girlfriend/boyfriend in the host country, making your relationship appear more like a business relationship rather than personal.
4. Not providing enough proof of your relationship with your foreign host. Take screenshots, print out, and attach the evidence from WhatsApp, Facebook convos, e-mails, photos, etc. as applicable to your situation.
5. Your application does not demonstrate that your host in the visiting country has invited you to the country for the stated purpose. Let your host clearly spell out the reason why they are inviting you and hosting you in the country.
6. Not declaring that you have a partner/spouse even though your child’s birth certificate details indicate a biological father/mother has been registered. Declare. If you two are no longer together, let the other parent write a letter of no objection that the child can travel and that you two are not together. If deceased, attach death certificate.
7. Lack of sufficient documentation from your sponsor. Include as much as is reasonable.
è Letter from your sponsor indicating their relationship with you, why they want you to visit them in the host country, and also undertaking that they will take care of your accommodation, food, and other related expenses while you are in the country
è Your sponsor’s bank statements for the last 6 months (must indicate salary deposits and have no large unexplained deposits)
è Your sponsor’s residence permit or their foreign passport’s biodata page
è Document evidence of your sponsor’s relationship to you
Purpose of the travel
1. No change in circumstances since your previous visa refusal.
If your previous refusal notice outlined concerns and the documentation provided with your current application does little to address those concerns, it undermines your intentions in traveling to the country. Write a detailed cover letter explaining the previous refusal reasons, and how your circumstances have changed since then for each reason the visa officer gave for refusing your visa application.
2. No genuine intentions to come back
3. Not having sufficient ties in your home country
Below are some ideas for documentation you could use to prove strong ties to your home country to a consular officer.
è You have a career/ a job provide:
ü Letter from your employer stating duties, salary, and tenure duration
ü Pay Stubs
ü Permission Letter for Taking Paid Time Off
è You are a student / College Enrollment provide:
ü Student ID Card
ü Educational Transcripts from your school, showing courses passed or to be taken in the forthcoming terms
ü Letter from your school, stating from what date to what date you will be absent from school and when you are expected back in school
è You own your business provide:
ü Bank Statements Showing Revenue
ü Articles of Incorporation
è You can also provide:
ü Family documents (spouse & kids) – It’s very important you provide your marriage certificate, your wedding pictures, and every other detail of your marriage if married. If you have kids, it’s a good thing also to present to the visa consular, full names of your kids, their birth certificates, and every one of their details that might help you to demonstrate your strong home ties to the visa officer – please, provide birth certificates of your kids, their photos and also demonstrate to the consular what your kids are currently doing e.g., if they are in school, provide details of their school’s registrations.
ü Other Dependents documents – sick parents, or your immediate family members e.g. please provide IDs of your parents, your brothers, and of your sisters, who all depend on you for their sustenance. Please, demonstrate the assistance you render them from time to time – you could do this by providing paper evidence or receipts of the financial transactions you make to them or evidence of any assistance you give them from time to time
ü Affidavits – attaching an affidavit that clearly states that you are obliged to return home is another good document you could provide to demonstrate your strong home ties.
ü Volunteer Work & Organization Memberships – such as Red cross or vigilante association or landlord’s association you belong to and, documents demonstrating that you actually belong to those acclaimed associations showing your position in the associations, your roles in the associations, and how much the associations depend on you.
ü Assets – deeds of land you own, title to vehicles you own,
bank accounts with significant balances, paper evidence of all the properties you own with your names fully stated on all of them
4. You have not attached a letter from a university/company/board from the host country saying that you have to visit for the purpose of the trip. Attach the relevant letter
5. You didn’t indicate in your application what you intend to do in the host or where you intend to stay in the host country. Attach a detailed itinerary with your cover letter indicating dates, cities, and the day-to-day activities you plan to engage in for every day you will be in the country.
6. Lack of international travel history. You have never traveled outside of your country before, especially outside your continent Having travel history is crucial in your visa application. To learn how to build your travel history read the tips with the corresponding title in My Visa House section.
7. You have indicated a super lengthy duration of stay in the host country compared to your intended purpose of visit. For example, 3 weeks stay to do a 1-day board exam. You need to be realistic or change the main purpose of your travel.
8. Failure to declare a previous visa refusal on your visa application form. It doesn’t matter which country denied you the visa. You must declare this in your application and give a reason why.
9. Having too many intended purposes of travel – vacation, meeting friends, doing exams, work, all in one application doesn’t reflect well on your application. Choose one main purpose for your travel.
10. Missing police clearance certificate if it applies to you.
Documents and finance:
1. Not submitting all supporting documents.
2. Submitted bank statement shows a number of large deposits being deposited into your account. You must provide documented evidence to clearly demonstrate the origin of these funds and whether they are genuinely available for your exclusive use or spending. Make sure to have documented evidence for every deposit into your account. If you sold a house, attach a sale agreement. If it is rental income, attach rent lease. If it is a company bonus, attach the bonus letter from the employer. Etc
3. Providing property documents with your application but these documents do not demonstrate that you generate an income from them. Attach rental income payment confirmations e.g. bank statement, rent lease agreements, etc.
4. Stating that you have an online business but the documents you have provided do no demonstrate this business or that you receive and income from such a business. Register your online business, attach the registration certificate, and payment statements e.g. Flutterwave, M-PESA, PayPal, etc. You can also attach a screenshot of the business page e.g. if it is Etsy for instance, show sales, and payments page.
5. The documents you have provided do not demonstrate how you support yourself in your home country and are not an accurate reflection of your financial circumstances back home. Attach employment letter, leave letter, payslips 6 months bank statements clearly indicating salary history, business registration certificate, etc.
6. You mentioned in your application that you have X amount of money while the bank statement you submitted had X + Y amount. Be consistent and accurately fill in your application form.
7. No official documents demonstrate how long you have been employed by the employer. Attach an employment letter with details of how long you have been with the said employer.
8. You fail to clearly demonstrate your income from your employment. Make sure to attach a bank statement with salary deposits every month into your account from the said employer.
9. The salary is not consistent with your bank statement. Same as above.
10. Failure to demonstrate savings, properties, or income. Attach documented evidence of these and if there any sudden large deposits, give a documented explanation.
11. You provide only your savings account bank statement and not the one that you get your monthly salary on so the origins of the money and expenses, etc. are not demonstrated. Attach 6 months’ salary bank account statement.
12. Your application does not demonstrate that you receive a salary. See above.
13. Your application does not demonstrate that you have any income or funds available to you or how you will maintain yourself during your trip. See above.
14. Withdrawing all the money from your bank account. Try to live within your means to enable you to have some leftover savings in your account month on month. Clearing out your account is a bad sign.
15. Amounts you intend to spend on your trip represent over half of your declared savings or several months over your monthly expenditure and you have not shown that you are able to spend such monies on holiday. We would propose the following cost estimation:
o An average daily expense for your trip of about N60,000 per person per day
o Total trip expenses not more than two times your monthly salary
o Total trip expenses not more than half of the indicated savings
16. No leave approval letter attached. Attach the letter or include in the employment letter that your employer has granted you leave of absence from work and that you will return to your current job after your trip. Leave approval can either be a separate document or leave details included in your employment letter
17. Not providing evidence that the business you have indicated in the application is still operational. Attach recent tax return certificates, tax compliance certificates, current business accounts, sales transaction statements, etc.
18. Providing too many bank statements from too many banks. Clearly indicate in the cover letter that you have included the said statements if you must include all many of them.
19. You have provided a business bank statement (from your company) instead of a personal bank statement. Visa officer unable to conduct a meaningfull assessment of your financial circumstances based on a business account only. Provide both personal and business bank statements (if applicable).