My answer to Why is getting a visa so hard?
Answer by Raad Ahmed:
As a way to appropriately answer this question, I will assume that you are talking about getting a visa for the US. It’s true that the process for obtaining a visa is not incredibly simple as there laws and restrictions in place for safety and legal liability. Much of the time, obtaining a visa is made even more difficult because individuals fail to understand the law or follow the proper protocol throughout the application. The result is a visa denial and having to restart the entire process all over again.
To help better you chances for obtaining a visa, here are a few considerations:
- Always tell the truth. If there are absolutely any discrepancies on your application then it may be viewed as attempted visa fraud and you will surly get denied. Be honest with your answers and don’t try to better yourself on paper to increase your chances—it won’t work.
- Make sure you qualify. You should take the time to research the type of visa that you are trying to get. Depending on the visa that you choose, there are likely education, experience, age, or intention requirements that you must meet.
- Follow the application schedule. The immigration process is a stickler for punctuality. Because most visas have various steps and required documents, you should double check on the due dates for the information and turn it on time. Missed deadlines could lead to an automatic denial and force you to start over from scratch.
- Prepare for the interview. You will be asked various questions during your visa interview. Make sure that you have done a bit of preparation so that you aren’t caught off guard by the questions and that you have appropriate answers for those questions. Interviews check for a variety of things, including intent. Make sure you can clearly explain why you are visiting the country and your plans during the extent of your visa.
The visa process can be difficult, but not impossible. It’s highly recommended to have an immigration attorney assist you through the process. They can streamline everything and help you better understand the appropriate steps you need to take.
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