How Does Visas Work

By Tiara

The process of obtaining a visa for travel or business is quite complicated, to say the least. There are many different agencies that play an integral part in this process, so it is helpful to know who does what. Some of these agencies include immigration offices, international airlines, and even your own country’s government!

Many people begin researching visas at this stage as they feel overwhelmed with all of the information. It can be tricky trying to figure out which agency you should approach first, but don’t worry, we have gathered some tips here to make things easier for you. We will also go into detail about how much each party gets paid for their services, too!

We hope our tips help clear up any questions you may have about visas, and hopefully start your journey to planning your trip. Good luck out there!


Visiting another country is a beautiful thing, but whether you are visiting for one night or one week, you must know how passports work and how the visa system works. A lot of things can happen if you do not, and it is better to be prepared. Luckily, we are giving you all the tools you need to prepare!

There are several parties involved in the visa process, and different parts get paid by different people. Make sure you understand how money is given and where it comes from before applying anywhere.

Who is responsible for visas?

how does visas work

Even though traveling is such fun, it can also feel like a hassle to deal with all of your passports, visa cards, and paperwork. Most times, someone else is doing the work for you! As an experienced traveler, I will be the first to tell you that having someone else do the work for you can save a lot of stress.

Luckily, there are people who handle visa matters for others so you don’t have to. These individuals watch out for you by handling everything from booking flights to finding accommodations to confirming your departure dates. They even take care of paying their own way when they travel with you!

This article will talk more about some ways to find out if this kind of help is available to you and what to look for when deciding whether or not to hire a consultant to handle visas for you.

What countries have a visa requirement?

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The term ‘visa’ refers to permission to enter or stay in a country. Some countries require you to have a visa before you can visit, while others do not! This means that if you are travelling to a country where there is a visa requirement, you must either buy a ticket with pre-paid transit visas or find a way to remain in a different country longer than planned.

Some common examples of this include Canada, India, China and Turkey. Many European countries also require a visa but these are often only for short visits so they are less likely to be overstayed. In fact, most nations around the world impose some form of visa upon entry.

There are many reasons why a country may require a visa. It could be due to limited space at their airports and/or cruise ports, it could be because they want to know who you are going to meet and discuss business matters with, or it could be for safety or security purposes. All of these things mean that your trip has to be more expensive or cannot happen at all.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid needing a visa for almost every nation! Read on to discover how.

What documents are required?

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The very first thing you will need to do in order to move to another country is prove your legal residency status in your home nation. This is typically done via a passport, visa or work permit.

A visa is an document that gives someone permission to enter certain areas or stay for a limited amount of time. Some countries require people to have a visa before they can visit so they can verify their identity and make sure there are no criminal charges against them. Others may ask for more specific paperwork or additional details about your plans while visiting.

Visiting under a tourist visa usually does not require any other documentation beyond your passport. But staying longer than three months requires at least a short term working visa, which needs to be verified using one of the above documents.

Working visas can be temporary (usually a few weeks) or long-term (several months). If you’re looking to settle somewhere permanently then it’s best to start looking well ahead of when you expect to leave.

How are visas granted?

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Once your application is complete, you will be given an appointment time at a U.S. embassy or consulate in person to present proof of identity, employment, health insurance, and residence.

The visa officer will also ask about any criminal charges against you and if you have applied for asylum in the United States. This last part depends on whether you qualify as a refugee and what country you come from.

If you do not have enough money to return home safely, then becoming a refugee can give you residency and even citizenship down the road. You would need to prove that you are facing persecution due to your race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular group, or political opinion.

It’s important to remember that most countries don’t like when people apply for asylum so it’s best to be prepared before you visit.

What happens if I forget to get a visa?

If you’re already in Australia as an Australian citizen or with permanent residency, then your next step is to apply for admission into the country. This includes getting a visa!

If you don’t have a visa but need to stay here temporarily while your plans are sorted, there’s nothing we can do about that. You would still meet our requirements under the Seasonal Visa Subclass 445 for “Visitor for business (up to 6 months)” though.

But what if you forgot to even start the process of applying for a visa? Well, unfortunately, it’s not easy to come back and visit Australia at this time.

What happens if I get a visa and it’ll take too long to process?

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The most common cause of visa delays is when your country of residence issues you with a new, longer-term visa. This can happen for many reasons, such as because someone else applied for this visa or there was a shortage of visas at that time.

Another reason could be an unexpected change in immigration laws or policies in your home country. We cannot predict what will occur in any other nation so we have to plan for all possibilities.

We also need to check whether you require entry clearance into Australia before you travel here. A tourist visa does not include this requirement but some working holiday visas do!

If you find yourself in this situation, our staff will go above and beyond to help you. While we are unable to influence how quickly your government processes these things, we can help you deal with the consequences of waiting. And we are trained in money management so you don’t have to worry about that either.

Can I get a visa on my phone?

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Being able to access your passport is one of the most important things you can have as an international traveler. Not only does it give you insight into where you are allowed to go, but it also helps in proving your identity when you’re trying to enter another country.

Visitors from certain countries must have proof they belong here before they are granted entry. Having their passports makes that proof more solid.

But how do we know if someone actually has a valid passport? We look at all sorts of pictures and information people posted about themselves online or on mobile devices like phones and tablets.

It’s not always easy though. Technology changes quickly so what worked years ago may no longer work today. The older picture identification methods such as having photos in person or uploading photographs onto websites can be too time consuming which is why some travelers leave their passports somewhere they will see them again and upload a photo later.

Luckily, this process has become much easier due to the widespread use of smartphones. It is possible to now scan a person’s smartphone for identifying information and verifying their citizenship with just the click of a button.

Can I get a visa at the airport?

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This is not always possible, however! Even if you have proof that you will be going to an English speaking country for less than two months, there are still restrictions on how many times you can enter Canada as a visitor.

Visitors must apply for permission to stay in Canada before they travel here. This is done through what’s called a visa.

A tourist visa is given to people who intend to visit Canada for a few days or weeks. Most countries require you to have proof of enough money to support yourself while you're in the country (called a return ticket) as well as proof of health insurance. Some other things like work visas and student visas require even more documentation.

You need to bring this all with you when you come to Canada as a tourist because it has to be kept in either your own passport or in someone else's that is valid longer.