How to D.I.Y.
I M P O R T A N T
if you are intending to apply yourself for a visa to visit
Please be aware that if your application is refused for any reason, both
If you have to, or choose to, re-apply ~ all of the fees will have to be paid again.
Refusal is at the discretion of the embassy and can be for not providing
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|H o w t o D o I t Y o u r s e l f|
By now you should be aware that to apply for and actually procure a visa for yourself,
The instructions below are very much still current and valid although they were prepared before the popularity of the internet and world wide web. The passport and visa criteria, rules, regulations and requirements of each country were existing before they or their embassy created their own website and, on the whole, the rules are mainly unchanged. Therefore, the website of each country or embassy has been designed to comply with and accommodate their previously existing rules, regulations, criteria and requirements.
With this in mind, when referring to an embassy’s website, do be sure to be aware of and to read all the small print and any caveats, conditions and warnings, etc. and not to just pay attention to the fields you are completing.
Please also make allowances for the varying degrees of user friendly technology employed on each website. It is common for different pages and sections of the same website to be designed and constructed by different people which results in a sudden change in clarity and ease of use.
Especially, take care when payments are involved as these usually go to a third party cashier or an accounts department or a bank and although quite genuine, problems do occur in the receipt procedures and identifying which payment is for which applicant.
So let us begin:
The first thing to do is to contact the appropriate embassy, consulate or high commission to find out the information you will need to start your application.
Be careful of any possible misunderstandings due to language difficulties with officials and some automated telephone systems and now also there is some confusing terminology on some websites. When this occurs, please take into consideration that the words and phrases originate in the country’s own language and/or are in accordance with their own custom and practices. Sometimes therefore they do not translate with the same emphasis, meaning and legal interpretation.
For further guidance on this important first stage go to The Hard Way.
Do ensure that you obtain the correct information, the correct forms and the correct list of requirements relevant to the specific classification of visa you are applying for.
Most applications are submitted at the relevant embassy’s visa section but there are a few that cannot be accepted there and instead have to be lodged at the embassy or consulate which can be at a completely different address.
Visa sections of busy embassies can be difficult places to communicate with. Some have websites which are simple and easy to follow and some are simply mind-blowing. Many have premium rate telephone numbers for information (£1.50 per minute), most of which are automated and cleverly require you to navigate many menus before receiving the most frequently sought information which is most probably what you are also searching for. As far as we know, the only premium rate lines where conversation takes place are those which require you to make an appointment and they are not designed or primarily intended to supply or provide information.
Once you have obtained and are able to provide the necessary requirements, you now have to decide how to submit your application.
Embassies can, and do, make mistakes. Therefore, you should consider very carefully whether you wish to post your application.
If you decide to visit the embassy, consulate or high commission to lodge your application, do consider that most either have a queuing system or an appointment system and some only process a certain number of applications each day. This means that for any busy embassy, such as those within the Schengen system, you will have to get there very early in the morning to get a place in the queue but even this cannot guarantee that you will be seen.
Some have designated opening times for the submission of applications and separate designated opening times for collections. Very few operate a while you wait or a same day service and collections are normally on another day. All have set times of opening but it is not unheard of for visa sections to open late or close early and sometimes they close unexpectedly for the whole day. They are always closed on their own country’s National Day and their own country’s own public holidays.
When you finally reach the front of the queue, your application will receive a preliminary check by a visa officer. Should there be any error, omission, inconsistency or if a required back-up document is missing, you will almost certainly be turned away and invited to come back and re-apply when your application is correct and complete. Some countries are very particular in their requirements and may reject an application on what might seem to you to be petty grounds.
Remember that there may be different visas for different circumstances, such as tourist, working holiday, family visit, private visit, sports, study, pilgrim, business, work, temporary work, transit, etc. any of which can be for single, double or multiple entry. A small misunderstanding can so easily result in time-consuming errors and delays.
Do also consider and allow for travel time and costs, congestion charge, parking charges and especially the difficulty in finding an empty parking metre or a car park space nearby.
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If you really do enjoy doing things the hard way you will have to do your own research and make your own enquiries to check the following:
Once you have done all the research you will then still have to provide all the requirements and submit your application.
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