If you’re looking for information on a tourist visa, a fiancée visa, or a partner visa to the US, Australia or any other country, and you’re wondering why so many Do-it-yourself visa applications fail, and what they exactly makes them to fail, then you are not alone asking those questions.
Many people ask the same thing, and, more importantly, how they can do their own applications and make sure they are successful the very first time.
In an interview with Diplomatic Post of the punch news paper, page 12 on 10th March 2013, the head of the consular section, US Embassy in Abuja, Carol Cox shed some light on some US Visa application fail in Nigeria.
Shedding more light on what it takes for a visa application success, it was noted that do not need to have your plans 100 per cent set before you can visit the American embassy to apply for a visa.
She explains that the American visa system is different from the UK visa application system in that you don’t need to have an invitation letter to apply for a US Visa, neither do you need to have a specific hotel reservation to apply for a visa.
However, at the point of your application, the US embassy need to understand what your plans are, they need to know what you are planning to do in the US and where you are planning to go in the US. They also need to see that you have the ability to fund your travel to the US.
One other big point the Head of the Consular section mentioned was that, the American country is a do-it-yourself country, everybody does things themselves in the US which is why the US Website for visa application was built on a do-it-yourself system.
This means you can actually book for a visa appointment with the US Embassy without the need for an agent and you can get a genuine 2 years US Visa as a visitor without an agent – this is why you should read a copy of my US Visa GuideBook – on how to get a US Visa without an Agent
One of the reasons the US embassy encourages applicants to do-it-themselves is to avoid the situation where they go into the interview section and don’t know what the agent has filled in their application form online.
Some people go into the interview room and do not know what the agent or travel consultant has filled in their application form, and during the interview, the answers they give to the consular officer is inconsistent with what they officer is seeing in their database.
The head of the consular section of the US Embassy Abuja, stressed that articulation and interview is a BIG issue when it comes to applying for a US Visa. It is absolutely important that you know all the information submitted in your application form and be fully responsible for them before you attend the interview.
You need to fully understand that you as the applicant are responsible for every bit of information in your application, whether you submitted it yourself or it was submitted by an agent on your behalf.
Planning ahead is a key factor in determining your success and according to the Head of consular section, it is probably the number one issue to deal with when planning for an application.
As a visa applicant, you are admonished to be well prepared and understand that it is up to you to qualify for a visa during your interview because, once a decision is taken at the American embassy not to give you a visa, there is no room for an appeal.
That is why I’ll advise you not to attempt to apply for a visa nor attend any interview at the embassy this year without reading my book – USVisa GuideBook – How to get a US Visa Without an Agent
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