Top reasons for visa rejection

What is VISA?

Verified International Stay Approval is a conditional authorization granted by a territory to a foreigner, allowing them to enter, remain within, or to leave that territory.

A certified VISA indicates that the applicant has been granted permission to travel to a particular country for a specific period just as stated on the visa. Visas typically may include limits on the duration of the foreigner’s stay, areas within the country they may enter, the dates they may enter, the number of permitted visits or an individual’s right to work in the country in question

Why do we need VISA?

Any immigrants or travellers without a valid visa document will be refused entry into a country. And, if the individual enters the country through illegal means and later discovered, he may be punished and deported. In a worst-case scenario, that individual might get a life ban from entering into that country.

However, travellers who meet the requirement of the visa application process will be issued a visa. Unfortunately, visa applications get denied for many reasons.

What is Visa refusal?

Visa refusal refers to the act of denying your entry into to a particular country by rejecting your visa application. Visa rejection may happen when you fail to prove your eligibility to visit a particular country. It mostly takes place as the applicants fails to provide important information, or sometimes because of certain document missing. An incomplete visa application, document missing and skipping of important information are some of the common reasons for visa denial.

A visa rejection could be one of your worst situations that anyone can face. After spending countless hours and effort trying to get a visa, and then seeing it get rejected is like a nightmare. Whatever the visa rejection reasons may be, it not only smashes your hopes of travelling to your destination but also affects your future travel to quite an extent.

Well, what can be done to avoid this? This is exactly why we have gathered a list of some of the most common reasons for rejection of visa so that you can be careful while applying for your visa.

Top reasons for visa rejection:
  • Not following the visa guidelines:

When it comes to the visa application, rules are not meant to be broken. Government sites are also reliable resources that contain information to assist you every step of the way. In fact, most visa applications are rejected because people fail to follow these guidelines. One of the main points in any guideline is the timing to make a visa application. Submitting a late application is an important way to get your visa rejected.

  • Incorrect information:

It is certainly significant that you provide all the documents required for your application. Different visa categories require several backup documents, so it is important to make sure your application is specific to you and that nothing is missed out. People often fail to submit their supporting documents (for example, bank statements, relationship documents, etc.) You should provide all sufficient documents to support your visa application and your purpose of travel. 

  • Erroneous documents submission:

Knowingly or unknowingly you may submit incorrect documents to the embassy which leads to absolute visa denial and other accompanying unfavourable consequences. Like;

  • Documents in a Wrong Language
  • Mistakes in the Application Form
  • Incomplete Application Form
  • Information Mismatch
  • Insufficient explanation for the purpose of the planned stay:

Another motive to lead the consular office to deny your Visa is failing to have the needed justification for your purpose and conditions of the planned travel and stay. Such are the cases of:

  • Failing to present an employment and professional qualification that matches with the presented financial situation
  • Incapacity to provide documents that support the purpose of travel and stay in the Schengen Area
  • Missing to apply for a visa period in conformity with the presented travel itinerary and holiday right or revenue situation
  • The inability to offer unchanging declarations about the purpose of travel and stay
  • Invalid / damaged passport:

An alternative intention to deny your visa application is presenting a passport that is not acceptable by the embassy. Such cases are classified the following:

  • Presenting a passport that does not have a valid period less than three (3) remaining months after the return from the visit to the Schengen Area
  • Presenting a passport that does not possess two different blank visa pages
  • Presenting a Travel Document Booklet instead of a valid passport
  • Presenting a valid passport that is older than ten (10) years

Another reason for a visa refusal could be presenting a passport that is not kept in a good condition. Such cases can be when passport pages are detaching or missing when the cover of the passport is damaged and so on.

  • Impotent employment status:

Regardless of the fact that you have a solid bank statement, if you can’t prove your employment status, then your visa application will be denied. If you own a small business, provide copies of business registration documents.

No embassy will take your word for it without showing solid proof that you’re gainfully employed, or you run and manage a business of your own. If there are documents beyond your reach, look for alternatives in order to avoid a visa refusal.

  • Applying for the wrong visa:

Depending on the visa type you’re applying for, the requirements may differ. It is important that you apply for the right visa type.

  • If you’re travelling for leisure, a tourist visa is the best option.
  • Are you planning a business trip? Apply for a business visa.

If you’re visiting for business, do not apply for a tourist visa and vice versa. Applying for the right type of visa is essential in having your application approved.

More importantly, do not try to apply for a visa beyond your means. Being over ambitious can result in visa application denial.

  • Lack of confidence during the interview:

During the application process, most embassies will request applicants to visit their office physically for an interview. The reason for the interview is to support further your reasons for visiting their country. It is considered as a reason for you to have your visa denied.

You have to be fully prepared. Show no sign of anxiety or nervousness during the interview. Think of it as a job interview and respond to any question confidently. More importantly, dress smartly. This will boost your confidence level.

  •  Unfavourable Previous Travel History:

Finally, another reason for rejection of visa is a poor travelling history. Your application may be rejected if you have been denied a visa into the country (or other countries) previously, or if you have a history of having overstayed in a country, or if you have performed activities that are not allowed under a particular visa category in the past, etc.

  • Failure to meet financial requirements:

Another commonly spread reason for visa refusal is a failure to meet the financial requirements: either showing too low or too high amounts of money on the bank balanceWhen you apply for a visa, you are expected to submit proof that you have the necessary funds to cover your stay as well as your return. This is to ensure that you do not have a tough time in the country and that you do not become a liability for the country.

  • Criminal Record:

If you have been/are convicted of a criminal offence, you are considered as a threat to the destination country. As a result, your application will almost always be rejected. If you have a clear criminal record, you will not face any issues regarding this.

  • Infectious Diseases:

If you have any infectious diseases, you are not eligible to travel to any country. Especially from past 1 year due to covid protocols in almost all the countries, visas are getting rejected if you are not following the protocols stated by the country regarding quarantine period, vaccination, covid test, health certificates.

There are 3 possible reasons for medical inadmissibility:

What to do if your visa is rejected?

Visa refusal can be overcome by submitting additional information by the visa applicant in support of his/her eligibility.  Visa denial is usually followed by a refusal letter which contains all the reasons for rejecting your visa, so that you know your mistakes and become more careful when you apply for it for the second time.  You can again reapply for the same visa after a specified period of time.

If you think that the reason for rejection is valid (it was your own mistake), all you can do is re-apply and hope for the best. However, if you don’t think that the reasons that the embassy or consulate provided are valid, then you can try to appeal the decision.

As the old saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”- the same applies to a visa application as well. To avoid facing a visa rejection, the least you can do is to make sure that you do not make the above-mentioned mistakes and follow all the rules. However, the best option would be to use the services of a professional visa agency for your application.

If you are in need of reliable, highly efficient service, Novaturient is a Licensed Immigration consultant that offer Visa services in acquiring Permanent Resident Visa, Student Visa and Visit Visa for countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Schengen Countries and the UK.

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