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What To Do If Your Visa Is Denied?




Question from Instagram: "What happens if I apply for a visa, but get denied?"


Well, I’ve never experienced this, but the lawyer in me says to go hire a lawyer!


This obviously depends on 1) the circumstances of your denial and 2) your timeline to leave.


Regarding the circumstances of your denial: what were the grounds of your denial? Find out if this is typical for the country and visa class you applied for?


Was it denied on a technicality? Maybe your documents “expired” (some countries only accept documents that have been issued within a certain time period).

With a technicality, you might be able to remedy the issue by quickly submitting the necessary documentation or you may have to re-apply (knowing that you most likely will receive the visa).


Was it denied on a material fact or issue? Meaning your visa was denied because you lacked an essential element to qualify for the visa class. Perhaps the visa class you applied for has a requisite 25,000€ minimum bank balance that must be shown. However, you applied with documentation showing that you have a 5,000€ bank balance.


With a material issue, you probably need to go back to the drawing board and re-think the visa and/or country you are applying for. I think utilizing a trusted and seasoned attorney in immigration issues of your target country will be able to advise you on what your available options for remediation might be.


Also regarding your timeline, in many countries, attorneys have access to expedited channels that people filing on their own do not have access to. So if you have a strict timeline, then you’ll definitely want to get an attorney involved.



Have any more questions? Have some insight to share? Drop your comments below and let’s continue the conversation.


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Christine Job
Christine Job

Originally from Atlanta, Christine Job is an award-winning podcaster and Business Strategist. She is currently based in Spain.

As a business strategist, Christine helps Black women and WOC to leverage their expertise & talents into viable & sustainable businesses, businesses that make her clients professionally fulfilled and financially abundant while pursuing thriving lives abroad.

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Originally from Atlanta, Christine Job is an award-winning podcaster and Business Strategist. She is currently based in Spain.

As a business strategist, Christine helps Black women and WOC to leverage their expertise & talents into viable & sustainable businesses, businesses that make her clients professionally fulfilled and financially abundant while pursuing thriving lives abroad.

Want to be a guest on the show? I'm so glad that you resonate with “Flourish In The Foreign” and that you'd like to share your story! Please fill out the this form and if I think it will be a good fit, I'll be in touch shortly to set-up a chat.