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
- INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT AND ONE PHOTO COPY OF THE DATA PAGE
- ADMISSION LETTER
- ACCEPTANCE LETTER
- SCHOOL FEES RECEIPT
- BANK STATEMENT
- BANK REFERENCE LETTER
- LETTER OF GUARANTEE BY SPONSOR
- N10,000 APPLICATION FEE (Previous price check recent price from the Embassy website)
- FLIGHT TICKET
- VISA FORM DUELY FILLED AND SIGNED
- WAEC & NECO, CERTIFICATE (ONE AUTHENTICATED COPY EACH)
- STATEMENT OF UNIVERSITY RESULT OR TESTIMONIA (ONE AUTHENTICATED COPY)
- ONE AUTHENTICATED COPY OF TRANSCRIPT.
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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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