Let’s say in the coming days, you’re due to travel abroad for an important business trip. So you go through some last-minute checks to ensure that everything you need is in order. Passport- intact!, Visa- not ready. So now you have to hurriedly fill out your visa application online. But then, a short time later, you receive notification that your application has been denied. Below are 5 mistakes that visa applicants make and how it can avoid be avoided:
1. Not reading the instructions
The most common error that visa applicants make is to not read the application instructions properly. Usually, the application will clearly outline the forms that you must fill out and the paperwork you are required to supply. And yet, countless visa hopefuls submit their applications with documents missing. This can lead to significant delays in the processing of your visa.
2. Time runs out
Another common mistake that many visa candidates make is not leaving sufficient time to complete their application before the departure date. It takes time to secure a visa. So instead of leaving your application to the last minute, it’s always safer to apply for your visa as soon as you know you need to travel.
3. Wrong passport-sized photos supplied
Many visa applications require candidates to submit passport-sized photos. Usually, the exact requirements for the photos are specified in the application documents. And yet, submitting incorrect passport photos is a really common mistake that visa seekers make. Some of the most common issues with passport photographs include:
- The background of the photograph is the wrong colour
- The photo is too dark
- The photo is not in the correct size
4. Submitting a copy of your passport as a photo
Believe it or not, when it comes to visa requests, smartphones can sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. It is not uncommon for visa applications to require a copy of an original passport. In response, many candidates submit smartphone photos of their passports. The problem with this is picture quality can vary drastically depending on the smartphone. And not everyone is a natural photographer. It’s not unusual for passport photos to be submitted with the photographer’s fingers captured in the photo, the passport being illegible due to the shadow cast by the smartphone or background is visible in the picture!
All of these are problematic. In most cases, the information contained on your passport must be crystal clear in order for your application to be accepted. It is always advisable to use a scanner!
5. Providing incorrect passport details
Every year countless visa seekers have their applications derailed by incorrect passport details. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of filling out your details correctly. Simply put, no visa application with incorrect details (such as incorrect date of birth or passport number) will be approved. That’s why it’s essential to double-check your passport details!