A visitor or tourist visa is a sticker or stamp on your passport that grants you temporary entry into a country. Visitor or tourist visas range from 2 weeks to 3months (90days) depending on the country you are planning to tour or visit.
These visas could be granted on single entry or multiple entries basis. Single entry means even if you are given a 90days visa, you can only enter that country once using that visa, while multiple entry implies you can enter that country as many times as you want within the 90days validity period, as long as the visa is valid.
Visitor and tourist visas are arguably the most popular of the temporary visas in any country. This may explain why places like the UK, USA and Canada have a considerable refusal rate amongst intending Nigerian travellers.
In todays’ article, we will show you what requirements to meet to ensure your next application for a visitor or tourist visa is successful.
You can apply for a visit (tourist) visa if you want to travel to as a tourist for leisure purposes. In some countries (like UK and USA) this may include pursuing a course of study of less than 90 days. If you wish to visit family or friends who are resident in that country then you must apply for a visit (family/friend) visa.
As an applicant for a tourist or visitor visa you must show that you have sufficiently strong family, social or economic ties to your country of residence. This is required to assure the visa officer who will evaluate your application that your stay in their country will be temporary and in accordance with the duration and conditions of the permission you will be granted by the immigration authorities on arrival to their country.
The responsibility for demonstrating that you have substantial family, social, or economic ties to your country rests with you. The burden of proof is on you to satisfy the evaluating visa officer that you have genuine and documented ties. The visa officer may go a step further to verify any evidence you submit in support of your application.
Visa processing times for visitors or tourist visa can vary from country to country. It can also vary during periods of high volume during the year. In most cases however, you can generally expect a decision within 10 – 12 weeks from the date on your application is submitted at the embassy/visa office.
This is why it is advisable to start planning and processing a minimum of 6 months from your intended date of travel.
For most countries, there is nothing like a right to a visa. You also need to understand that there is nothing like “one set of documents” or “one generalizable circumstances of application” that will guarantee the approval of a visa.
Every applicant, every case, every application, at every time, is considered new and independent, that is why every time you are approaching any embassy with your application, you need to treat it as if you are submitting a virgin passport, even if you are a frequent traveller.
However, there are must-have documents that are normally required when submitting a tourist or visitor visa application. You can get applicable list of documents if you are applying to these countries – UK, USA, Canada, Others
It’s important to note that you can’t take up any form of employment, paid or otherwise, nor access any public funds under the visitor or tourist visa scheme of most countries. And for most countries, if you are found to have submitted false or misleading information, or false supporting documents in your application, it may result in visa refusal without the right of appeal. This may also result in you being banned from making further visa applications for a period of 5 or up to 10 years in some cases.
For most countries, you don’t need to purchase a ticket before you apply, but you may have to book a hotel to show you have accommodation, if you are not visiting friends or family.
Business visitors also fall under the class of visitor’s visa, so if you are travelling for the purpose of seminars, trade shows and business meetings, you would be applying for a visitor’s visa.
At ServiceForts, we work every day with clients on all manner of visa and travel opportunities including:
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China Visas, trade fair attendance including airport transfers, accommodation, registrations, local market visits and business visas starting at N150,000 only – http://www.mychinatrips.com/china-visa-services-in-nigeria-application-requirements-canton-trade-fair/
For first time visitors and business travellers to Dubai, We have a Dubai Importers Travel Package which includes visa, hotel, flight, airport transfers, breakfast, market guide, personal shopping guide, 4 Nights, 5 days, plus Dubai importers guide ebook.
Please note if you are going for any of our trips, payments have to be made a minimum of 4 weeks before intended departure date. Click here to contact the office for price inquiry.
We also have the Dubai Importers Travel eBook Guide which includes details of contacts of wholesalers where you can source for products at best price, and also good hotels and agents to take you around. Click here to contact the office for price inquiry
We also work with freelance travel enthusiasts who’d like to promote our travel opportunity packages – click here
As you can see, it’s a whole exciting world of visa and travel opportunities at ServiceForts.
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