An overseas trip, mostly, is never impromptu. Lots of arrangements have to be made long before you actually travel. Even though things such as stay arrangements, utilities, and tickets are usually controllable and one can take care of them, having your visa approved is a matter of concern.
More often than not, lawyers, agents, and consultants charge high fees, assuring you that your visa will not be revoked. However, they only have the power to assist you with filling out the application and nothing more. Visa approval is out of their hands. Here are a few tips to make sure your visa application goes through.
1. Travel History
Your travel history proves whether or not you are worthy of a tourist visa. The visa officers will check the stamps on your passport to know how many times you have traveled out of your home country and came back.
There is no saying that first-time international travelers cannot get into the US. However, having a strong travel history increases your chances. Travelling to other countries that do not require a visa, in order to strengthen your travel history, is a good way to start.
2. Ties to Your Country
This is the main factor for getting your visa approved. You need to prove to the visa officers that you have an incentive for coming back to your home country once the temporary duration is over.
Social ties, having a good, stable job and a family proves you will have to come back. All the relevant documents to show proof should be in hand as well.
Bear in mind that visa officers are trained to think that everyone intends to overstay unless proven otherwise.
3. Realistic Itinerary and Financial Capacity
You will need to convince your visa officer that you are capable of funding your stay. But that is not all; your money should be enough for all the expenses that will be covered by your itinerary.
Your itinerary should be realistic as the visa officer may review the places and activities that you plan on engaging in. It would be impossible to convince them that you are in the US for the right reasons if you just put some random places on your itinerary.
If you have a limited budget, create your itinerary on this basis to prevent revocation.
4. The Right Visa
It is important to know the various types of visa and ESTA for USA. Having an ESTA or a tourist visa means that you will be in the country for a limited period of time. During this time, you can engage in any activity that does not violate the terms of your visa.
You may mistakenly think that the tourist visa or the ESTA can be used to work in the US. If unclear, this will lead to the automatic revocation of the ESTA or the tourist visa.
5. Truthfulness and Consistency
It goes without saying that being truthful when applying avoids stress and unnecessary fear. Visa officers are trained to detect hesitations and uneasiness through careful observation. Chances of revocation are almost zero if you do not hide any material fact from the officers.
Each applicant has a unique profile. Revocation of an application by someone in a situation similar to yours does not necessarily mean revocation for you too. Success or failure comes down to how well you prepared for the application and interview.