One of the most essential documents required while travelling to another country is your visa. But just like most other documents required while travelling abroad, the process to get one is long and tasking. You’ll need various important documents in place and will also be required to sit for an interview at the embassy. So if you’re submitting a visa application for the first time, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.
Keep frequently requested documents together
Since submitting a visa application is generally a harrowing process, it is important that you keep your cool in such a stressful moment and keep all required documents ready. The list of documents that are required includes the following:
– Birth Certificate
– Marriage Certificate (applicable only if married)
– Latest income tax returns
– Business permits, license and audits (applicable only if you own a business)
– Photocopies of previous visa you’ve been issued
– Latest ID picture
– Proof of income and ownership of land and/or vehicles
Keep all these documents in an easy-to-access folder.
Keep a list of the countries you’ve previously visited
Every time you return from a foreign trip, update the list of countries you’ve travelled to. Make a list on your computer and keep it updated. Some embassies will ask you for a list of countries you’ve visited in the past 5 years. Some may also ask for a list of countries you’ve visited in the past 10 years.
Make a checklist of all things you need before, during and after the interview
Although you will be as careful as you can, chances are you could miss out on a few things in a hurry. So the first thing you should do is head to the website of the embassy and make a note of all documents (original and photocopies), ID pictures, letters of introduction, travel insurance papers, etc. Re-check the list and its contents before leaving for the embassy. This will ensure that you have all the things you need for a hassle-free process.
Use a standard template for all the letters requested by the embassy
Most embassies will ask you to submit a letter of introduction stating personal details, reason for travel, etc. Make a standard template and simply fill in the details whenever you need to submit a letter to an embassy. If you haven’t written one before, you could use the following template:
– Header with your name, contact details, visa application reference number (if any)
– Reason for travel
– Duration of stay
– Number of countries you’ve travelled
– Means of funding the trip
– Day by day itinerary
Keep all the above points in mind while submitting your visa application. No matter how many times you may have applied for one before, you still have to be very cautious and careful. Make sure to prepare well and keep all documents ready and even get your forex beforehand to ensure that you have a seamless holiday experience.