This is the fifth article in the “Naseer’s Journey Series”.

You can find all the articles in this series here –

  1. First article,
  2. Second article,
  3. Third article,
  4. Fourth article,
  5. Fifth article,
  6. Sixth article,
  7. Seventh article.

Part 5

How I Got My Visa after Two Refusals

 

Objective:

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Dr. Naseer Khan

I’m here to help you because I’ve gone through two visa rejections. I know how it feels. I know how depressing it can be. But I want you to be hopeful. Because most of you can and will get your visa. I’m going to help you, in light of my visa refusals.

When you go through my cover letter, you’ll realize that my chances of getting a visa were pretty bleak. My case was pretty messed up after two rejections. All the visa consultants had told me to give up. But I got my visa, because of my cover letter. And when I can get my visa, then so can you.

 

My Story:

I am someone who had never traveled abroad. So when I was applying for my visa for the first time, I had no guidance and I didn’t know how to apply.

The first rejection was probably fair since my visa application was poorly made.The second rejection was slightly harsh, but I had made the error of not attaching a cover letter.

 

First Visa Rejection:

I was heartbroken after my first rejection. I saw nearly all the visa consultants in Karachi. None of them knew what PLAB was. Their comments were very disappointing. According to most of them, it was impossible for me to get a visa. None of them gave me any hope.

I decided to keep my head down, work hard for the next 12 months, improve my case and reapply. So 12 months later, I finally found a visa consultant from Lahore, who knew what PLAB meant. With his help, I applied for my visa. This time I was hopeful since I was following a professional consultant’s help.

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Second Visa Rejection:

My visa was rejected the second time as well. This was more depressing because this time a consultant had applied for me. I knew the errors he had made in my application and I pointed them out before he applied. But he told me it won’t be a problem. And since he was a professional, I decided to trust him, which was a mistake. The lesson I learned was to trust myself and not anyone else. Because I knew my case better than anyone else.

 

Third Time’s a Charm:

In my third attempt, I followed my gut and I did whatever I felt was necessary. There were the factors which helped me in my third attempt:

 

i) Cover Letter:

First Application    Second Application    Third Application

Not Attached    Not Attached    12 pages

I attached a 12-page cover letter along with my application and I explained every small piece of information in detail. And I think it was my lengthy cover letter which got me my visa. I was afraid of attaching such a lengthy cover letter. During my visa interview, I apologized for such a lengthy cover letter. But the ECO told me that it was his job to go through it no matter how lengthy it was and he told me that I did not need to apologize. He was very nice about it.

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ii) Bank Statement:

First Application    Second Application    Third Application

700 GBP    2000 GBP    5000 GBP

I did not spend any of my salaries and I waited until I had a healthy bank statement, comprising of my own earning.

 

iii) Financial Sponsor:

First Application    Second Application    Third Application

Father and Uncle    None    Father and Uncle

I was worried about using my father and my uncle as my financial sponsor in my third application since I hadn’t used them as sponsors in my second application. But I went with my gut. Because, no matter how much money you have, it’s always wise to use a sponsor. And I explained it pretty well in my cover letter.

Please go through my other posts to see what factors to keep in mind when using a financial sponsor.

 

iv) The length of stay:

First Application    Second Application    Third Application

6 weeks    11 days    4 days

Some people had warned me that I might get a 4-day visa. But I knew it was technically impossible since visa clearance begins from the day that it is stamped at the Embassy. So I knew that I would get my visa clearance at least until my exam date. And that was good enough for me. I was prepared to take my exam and come back home immediately. But I knew that I would probably get visa clearance for 6 months. And that’s exactly what happened. I got a 6-month, multiple-entry visa.

 

v)The cost of Trip:

First Application    Second Application    Third Application

2000 GBP    1103 GBP    584 GBP

Shortening the length of trip and making earlier reservations reduced my cost of trip significantly.

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Summary of Third Visa Application:

  1. i) A detailed explanation of my circumstances, using a cover letter.
  2. ii) Better finances because of a healthier statement and two sponsors.

iii) Reduced cost of the trip because of a shorter stay and early reservations.

 

Conclusion:

If I can get my visa after making the silly mistakes that I did in my first two attempts, then so can you. You just have to build a good application.

Go through my cover letter to have a better idea of the mistakes that I made in my first two applications and how I overcame them by building a good application.

 

 

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Dr Naseer Khan

 

Acknowledgements

This article was originally published on 7th February, 2017, on the author’s blog – Naseer’s Journey. We republished it here after editing with the permission from the author.

Here is the link to the article on Naseer’s Journey.

 

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