5 Common Reasons for a Visa Rejection

To have a smooth trip, travelers need an approved visa. Learn the top 5 reasons why your application can be rejected and make sure to avoid them.

A visa for an international journey is a big step in making your travel dreams true, whether your visit is for tourism, business, or education. However, the application process can be complex and stressful, even for the facilitated eVisa, as the outcome can be influenced by numerous factors.

Here, we will discuss five common reasons for visa rejection that should be considered by applicants. Understanding these mistakes and taking measures to avoid them can increase your chances of a successful result and enjoy your trip without any hassle. 

From issues with a passport and other documents to application timings, we'll go through each factor in detail to help you complete the visa application process more effectively. 

These tips come in handy to bypass common obstacles and achieve your travel goals.

Passport issues

Problems with a passport are a frequent reason for visa rejections. One of the main reasons for denial is an invalid passport. Check so that your passport stays valid for the necessary period of time. 

In most cases, it must not expire within a minimum 6 months from the planned date of travel. Sometimes, a passport must remain effective for the entire duration of your intended stay in the destination country.

Additionally, make sure your document has enough blank pages for visa stamps. Many countries require at least two blank pages for visa issuance. Failure to meet these requirements can result in your visa application being rejected.

Inaccurate/incomplete details

Providing incorrect or incomplete information on your visa application is another common reason for denial. It's crucial to double-check all the details before submitting your form. 

Make sure that your personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and passport number, matches the information on your passport exactly. For example, many applicants forget to include their middle name, which is a great mistake. Put the place of your birth the same as stated in your document.  
Keep in mind that any errors or typos may lead to delays or denials in the visa processing. Note that the information that is no longer up-to-date is also considered untrue.  

Application timings

Timing is another important factor that can impact the outcome of your visa application. Applying too late or too early can also result in rejection.

You need to plan ahead and complete your application within the recommended terms. Check the processing time for a visa you want to apply for and submit your application accordingly. 

On one hand, if you complete the procedure too late, there may not be enough time for processing. On the other hand, if you apply too early, your visa can expire even before the intended date of your trip.

Documents that do not meet the requirements

Missing or incorrect supporting documents can also result in visa rejection. Each country has specific documentation requirements; however, most require a passport copy and a recent face photo. 

Among other necessary documents, there may be invitation letters, return/onward tickets, financial statements, travel itineraries, and others. Lack of the required documentation or submitting outdated documents can lead to the visa application being denied.

Make sure that your documents are up-to-date, and prepare decent copies. They can be made in the form of photographs taken by a smartphone camera or scanned images. Copies must be clear, show all the information and do not contain reflection or glare.

Past violations

Staying longer than your visa allows or being deported from a country, can seriously impact your chances of getting a new visa. Many countries are strict regarding travelers who have committed immigration violations in the past. 

When you apply for a new visa, it's essential to be completely honest about your immigration history. Do your best to provide any necessary explanations or documentation. 

If you try to hide your previous violations and they get disclosed, your visa application will most probably be denied. Moreover, it may even lead to future travel restrictions. Be honest about your experience and show that you have learned from your mistakes. 

Yuliia Boiko
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