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HOW TO APPLY FOR STUDENT VISA AND BE CONSIDERED

The process of apply­ing for stu­dent visa and be con­sid­ered is very exhaust­ing and rig­or­ous. Hence, it will leave a sour taste in the mouth of appli­cants after seri­ous plan­ning, sub­mit­ting and inter­view, they end up being denied.

One of the sad­dest things that can hap­pen to any­one is to be swin­dled of hard-earned cash because of lack of infor­ma­tion. So many peo­ple who wish to trav­el out usu­al­ly fail to secure visas because agents ask for too much mon­ey in excess of the visa appli­ca­tion fees, and also appli­cants some­times lack the rel­e­vant infor­ma­tion to do it them­selves. As such, if you are about to make your visa appli­ca­tion, then you should look out for these signs which will fur­ther pre­pare you against visa rejec­tion and fraud.

After i got my admis­sion and paid the tuition fee, the next thing was to apply for visa. There are cer­tain doc­u­ments which as an appli­cant you have to sub­mit. When called for an inter­view its advised to get the doc­u­ment handy.

The process of visa appli­ca­tion is quite sim­ple, yet out of igno­rance i used an agent and i spent one hun­dred thou­sand naira (N100,000.00) instead of ten thou­sand naira (N10,000) if i had applied myself (a deci­sion i regret­ted).

My appli­ca­tion was made online through the web­site of the Turk­ish Embassy, this is because there was no North Cyprus Embassy in Nige­ria.

After fill­ing the online appli­ca­tion a date will be giv­en to you when you will have to go with all the required doc­u­ments.

VISA INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

  1. INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT AND ONE PHOTO COPY OF THE DATA PAGE
  2. ADMISSION LETTER
  3. ACCEPTANCE LETTER
  4. SCHOOL FEES RECEIPT
  5. BANK STATEMENT
  6. BANK REFERENCE LETTER
  7. LETTER OF GUARANTEE BY SPONSOR
  8. N10,000 APPLICATION FEE (Pre­vi­ous price check recent price from the Embassy web­site)
  9. FLIGHT TICKET
  10. VISA FORM DUELY FILLED AND SIGNED
  11. WAEC & NECO, CERTIFICATE (ONE AUTHENTICATED COPY EACH)
  12. STATEMENT OF UNIVERSITY RESULT OR TESTIMONIA (ONE AUTHENTICATED COPY)
  13. ONE AUTHENTICATED COPY OF TRANSCRIPT.

TIPS

Ensure every required form is filled appro­pri­ate­ly and pro­vide the need­ed doc­u­ment.

When you are final­ly in the inter­view room, restrict your answer to the ques­tions asked. Try to have a lit­tle knowl­edge of the school and the loca­tion. Impor­tant­ly, you may be asked where you will stay, ensure you’ve got that cov­ered.

Also, you’ll be asked if you will like to return to your coun­try after your study, which you should say yes.

After my inter­view, I was told to come back a week lat­er for my visa. I left the Embassy with a mixed feel­ing try­ing to go over the ques­tions I was asked and if I pro­vid­ed a good answer to get the visa. Slow­ly my though drift­ed to ques­tion myself, what if I am not giv­en the visa? Uncon­scious­ly, I tried to plan for that, then maybe it was not the will of God for me to trav­el, or I could just reap­ply, or what if the rea­son was that the doc­u­ments the visa agents gave me was fake? I con­tin­ued to pon­der on the third thought, if the doc­u­ments were fake, then all the mon­ey I have spent so far is lost. These and more ques­tions flood my mind until I got home.

I was ner­vous through­out that week, tried to engage myself with work and let every­thing work itself out. Final­ly, it was the due date and I went to the Embassy, some peo­ple came out smil­ing oth­ers angry and frus­trat­ed, while, the secu­ri­ty men at the embassy were con­cerned about peo­ple “giv­ing them mon­ey”.

A boy came out with his pass­port and one of the secu­ri­ty men asked him for tip, the boy answered angri­ly “oga you say make I find you some­thing, when I no get visa, go tell them for inside make they give me visa then I go find you some­thing”. Get­ting visia to oth­er coun­tries is not real­ly easy here in Nige­ria

I tried to com­port myself, from the dra­ma going on around me. At last my name was called, the man who gave me my pass­port was not smil­ing and I inter­pret­ed it to mean I was denied.

My coun­te­nance changed, when I opened my pass­port and saw noth­ing, so I con­clud­ed I was denied. I came out and met the agent who accom­pa­nied me; she asked “how did it go, did you get it”, I replied “there is noth­ing on my pass­port”. She col­lect­ed it and flipped through it and found the visa page “you got it”. In dis­be­lief I replied ‘got what’; she said “the visa”. Then I realised, i was car­ried away by the stern look the man at the counter gave me that I opened just a page and con­clud­ed I was denied because there was noth­ing on the page.

I was grate­ful I got the visa because I had heard sto­ries of peo­ple being denied, at this point of pro­cess­ing my admis­sion I did not want it stalled.

HERE ARE THE THINGS THAT CAN RESULT TO YOUR VISA APPLICATION BEING DISAPPROVED

  1. Not fill­ing the form appropriately/inconsistency with infor­ma­tion on the form and doc­u­ment pro­vid­ed or answer to your inter­view ques­tion

Go through the form over again before sub­mis­sion, know all the infor­ma­tion it con­tains, it should also be the same with the answers you pro­vide dur­ing your inter­view, don’t mix things up, the embassy offi­cials are very intel­li­gent.

If you have any doubt on the infor­ma­tion you sub­mit­ted, try and rec­on­cile before the inter­view. Also try to for­mu­late a good response to give a sat­is­fac­to­ry response in case you for­got some of the details you sub­mit­ted just in case you are asked dur­ing the inter­view.

  1. Your visa agent can­not answer basic visa ques­tions

If your visa agent promis­es to deliv­er to you a visa with­out you answer­ing basic ques­tions, then you should be very uncom­fort­able about it, most like­ly you’ll be reject­ed. Dur­ing inter­view you agent wouldn’t be on ground to back you up, so it’s all up to you!

  1. Do you have record of visa denials?

If you have a record of refusals from a par­tic­u­lar embassy, they will pre­sume you are des­per­ate to leave your coun­try. If you have been refused once at any embassy, there is a record. Hence, do not sub­mit any visa appli­ca­tion with­out con­sult­ing reli­able visa agency for advice, the more you are reject­ed, the more your visa appli­ca­tion will be denied and vice-ver­sa.

  1. You apply for the wrong visa cat­e­go­ry

There are dif­fer­ent visa cat­e­gories and, for every visa you are apply­ing for it must cor­re­spond with your inten­tion. For instance, you can’t apply for stu­dent visa, while you intend going there to work.

The embassy offi­cials have a way of read­ing body lan­guage; they can guess you mind and inten­tions.

  1. You have an uneasy feel­ing about an answer

If you have answered a ques­tion on your appli­ca­tion but you don’t feel com­fort­able about the answer you have pro­vid­ed, then you need to take steps back and peruse your respons­es again.

The rea­son is that, you will uncon­scious­ly com­mu­ni­cate your uneasy feel­ings to your inter­view­er while answer­ing that ques­tion; par­tic­u­lar­ly if they seem inter­est­ed in that par­tic­u­lar answer

By: Ifeom Onuike

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