Although the tourist visa has the lowest threshold and the most convenient of all kinds of visas, it is still the biggest obstacle in many people's travel plans. As a kind of non-immigrant visa, the ultimate goal of all the obstacles it sets for you is to ensure that you will eventually come back.
1. To get a visa, you have to prove that you will come back
In the eyes of all visa officers, when you submit an application wishing to go to his country, his duty requires him to first acquiesce that you may attempt to stay and not return. "The difference is that if the developed countries in the United States, Japan, or Europe are indeed ideal destinations for people to emigrate, they have to be more precautionary. And underdeveloped countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam, they don't really believe you will stay there." Said a senior tour guide of a large travel agency.
Therefore, the most powerful evidence for a tourist visa is a house, followed by a car, then a stable income certificate and a good credit history. A salary slip that is entered every month is more convincing than an employment certificate, because experienced visa officers know that this type of certificate is easy to falsify. Fixed assets and stable jobs are the things most people will not give up easily. With them, visa officers are more likely to believe that you will come back. "Don't tell stories about old people at home who need to come back to take care of them. Dramatic reasons are also more risky," said the senior tour guide.
2. The visa officer "cannot go wrong"
The visa officer can't make mistakes, the problem is always you or your materials.
Whether or not a tourist visa needs to be interviewed like the United States, it is the visa officer who ultimately determines whether your visa application can pass. Although obviously unqualified materials may have been eliminated before reaching their link, they will still personally review your materials, assess whether you have immigration inclination, and then make a decision. People often complain that their materials are in full compliance with the standards, but they are still inexplicably refused. In this situation, you can only file a complaint and ask for another visa officer to submit the application again, but no one will admit that the visa officer is "wrong" and then directly change the result.
The duties of the visa officer give him "discretion" power, that is, the person holding a public office can make a decision according to his own judgment when exercising his authority. What he is not following is a completely objective standard. "Whether the discretion is abused is difficult to determine." An embassy staff member said.
3. He does not strictly restrict your "tourism" theme
Although you are generally required to provide air tickets, hotel orders, and travel itinerary when applying for a free travel tourist visa, most people have not planned the itinerary at the time of the visa, and they may hand in fake orders and random itineraries. The visa officer doesn’t care much about this, as long as you can return on time.
Some people will use tourist visas to go abroad to complete some simple tasks, such as visits and inspections. "The biggest difference between business visas and travel visas is that business visas are guaranteed by Chinese and foreign chambers of commerce or large human resources agencies, and they are issued by the embassy. Convenient cards can make the chances of signing a visa particularly high. As long as you don't get involved in your work, you will generally not be held accountable." said a tour guide who is mainly in charge of business delegation visas. A staff member of a certain embassy reminded, “If you go to Europe for business investigation for tourism purposes, you may be on the blacklist of the EU consulate once you are found out. It will definitely affect your future visa application.”
4. The visa on arrival ticket must match the destination
There are two types of visas on arrival. One is that the country has a note with our country. You can fly directly to the country before entering the country to get a visa. There are no more than 20 destinations for this type of visa on arrival. Although most countries have opened visas on arrival, they have not been recognized by the Chinese customs. If you go, you still need a visa from a third country before the customs will allow you to leave the country.
Another thing to note is that the customs will check whether your final destination of the flight matches the visa. "If you buy a ticket from Shanghai to Istanbul, Turkey, and then to Beirut, Lebanon, and you only have a Turkish visa, the customs may not let it go. They will require that the destination on your ticket must be Turkey. Then you arrive in Turkey. Find a way to go to Lebanon on your own.” said an employee in charge of visas in a travel agency.
5. It is best not to apply immediately after refusal
Re-sign again immediately after refusal, the success rate is low. The visa officer believes in the judgment of his colleagues that a visa refusal means a tendency to emigrate. If there is a record of refusal, even if the submitted materials are perfect and exceed the level of most people, it is easy to refuse again. If the interval between two visas is long enough, the situation will be much better. "For example, the U.S. visa does not have a visa rejection stamp in the passport, but only computer records. It is said that the information in the U.S. embassy is cleared every two years and cannot be found after two years. As for the Schengen visa, European countries’ short-term policies and tightness will not The adjustment is so fast, the longer the time is, the more changes are possible. And your own assets and professional status may also have changed, and the materials look better. If you refuse, pass it again and again, which may make the other party wary, why are you I have to come to our country." said a person in charge of visa business in a travel agency.
6. If you go to a developed country, you might choose a team tour first
If your career is not stable enough, and there is no convincing proof of assets, and you want to travel to developed countries, it is a strategy to choose a team tour first.
When applying for a group tour visa, the travel agency will guarantee in advance. Regular travel agencies have filed records in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassy, and have deposited a deposit in the embassy. "Usually it is more than several million yuan. An employee of a travel agency said. If a tourist stays abroad and does not return, the travel agency must pay compensation and the embassy will suspend the visa for the travel agency for three months to one year. The penalty for permanent visa suspension. Therefore, the travel society strictly controls the inspection. The method of observation is actually similar to that of the embassy, but our own judgment can always be more accurate than foreigners. Generally, the investigation is more stringent for the residents of provinces and small cities closer to the border. "The travel agency employee said.
After obtaining one or two visas from developed countries through a team tour, even if your assets and professional certification are not so good, it will be much easier to travel on your own visa.
7. There is almost no preferential treatment when applying for a visa through an agency
When applying for a free travel personal visa, do not believe that any travel agency or visa agency will have an "extraordinarily good relationship" with the embassy of a certain country. What kind of preferential treatment can you get during the visa process.
Individuals apply for visas individually. The main advantage of large travel agencies lies in the large number of applicants. Travel agencies that send visas more frequently will also outsource the visa business to some'suppliers' who send visas every day. They are special visa senders who enter and exit the embassy every day. , Will be taken care of slightly. Embassies in some small tourist destination countries, such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, etc., may be able to play a role in urging urgent matters, but there is no way to deal with the European, American and Japanese embassies. There is no travel agency at all. Qualified small intermediaries do not even have a credit history at the embassy. All they can do for you is translation, filling out forms and other services, and they cannot guarantee the success rate and efficiency.
8. It is easier to sign out in peak season than in off season
We habitually believe that in the off-season, all walks of life will relax some standards in order to attract customers. However, for embassies and visa officers, the situation may be the opposite.
It’s actually better to sign in the peak season, but it’s not easy to sign in the off-season, because the visa officer has enough time to check it more seriously," said a senior tour guide. "In December, visas are often easier. First, because there are many applicants. I can't see it so carefully. Secondly, because it's a holiday, the visa officers will be very happy when they have a holiday. They prefer to issue visas. By February, the rejection rate will suddenly increase. "But the situation is not absolute, and exceptions often occur. Another employee in the travel agency who specializes in visas said: "The visa application is especially dependent on the mood of the visa officer. I have met someone who has had an interview. He took the materials. When the time came, the action was a little slow, and the visa officer took it back again.
9. You have to figure out whether they want you to go
When applying for a visa to a European Schengen Agreement, especially if you plan to travel to multiple countries, it is important to understand the attitude of the country you want to visit to tourists.
Although the Schengen visa instructions indicate that you are requested to choose the country of your longest stay for a visa, for example, Belgium has a visa refusal rate of nearly 70%, and I do not like to issue visas. It does not refuse you to get a visa from other countries and travel to Belgium, even if you stay in Belgium, it does not interfere, but it does not want to bear the responsibility of your stay in Europe after the visa is issued. "A senior tour guide said. Another situation is that the country may care whether you take it as the most important destination. France welcomes tourists, but if you submit a visa application to France, it says in the itinerary If you will spend more time in Italy, the visa officer will be upset and may refuse your visa. "If you want to get a visa for this type of country, you'd better make sure you stay in that country for the longest time.
10. Visa insurance is not just to protect you
In the 25 European Schengen Agreement countries including the United Kingdom and Ireland, the visa requirements all require applicants to purchase a medical insurance. All Schengen countries require an insurance coverage of more than 30 yuan. The United Kingdom limits the insurance coverage to include any medical expenses and Possible repatriation costs. For travelers, this is obviously an extra guarantee, but there are other reasons for the above-mentioned embassies to formulate this rule.
Most of the European countries covered by the Schengen Agreement have a complete social welfare system, and people do not have to pay for medical treatment. Hospitals are accustomed to not collecting money or making settlements on the spot. Instead, they send bills to the corresponding company or social organization. However, as the number of foreign tourists increases, the hospital may lose money due to free medical treatment for tourists. In order to prevent this situation, they first help you find a person to send the bill to, and let you level their standards. "A senior tour guide said.
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