Steps In Visa Processing

By Tiara

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Some are more common than others, but all help make your daily life as a traveler easier and more cost-effective. The rewards you get for using a particular card depend on how frequently you use it to pay for trips.

The length of time it takes to receive your reward can also play a big part in whether or not you keep the reward. Some companies will quickly send out rewards once you’ve qualified, while others may take longer.

Submit documents

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After you have gathered all of your documents, they must be organized and submitted properly to ensure that everything is complete! Make sure to organize your documents by collection group or department. This helps speed up processing as our teams can more quickly scan through their index cards.

In some cases, depending on the country we are visiting, it may be necessary to mail a document before submitting for visa approval. For example, if there is an affirmation form attached to a passport page, this will need to be mailed separately from the rest of the passport pages.

This is because the embassy does not allow visitors to take photos of the passports within its walls. Mailed documents require no photo identification, so this workaround applies to that.

Pay fees

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The next step is to determine how much money you will need for the visa. You can have some fun with this!

Some of the most expensive things about traveling are the visa costs. Luckily, there are many ways to lower down on these expenses. Many banks and credit card companies offer professional services that can help save you large sums of money.

By using their service, they take care of all the tedious work so you do not have to worry about it. They also handle the processing which saves you time! There are even times when they pay off officials on your behalf, saving you the cost of a trip or tour.

These firms usually charge around 5-10% of what normal visa agencies ask per person. This way, you get the same quality experience at a discounted price.

Get visa stamp

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After you have gathered all of your documents, made sure they are organized, and verified that everything is authentic, it’s time to go pick up your passport and visit the embassy or consulate for your visa!

When you arrive at the embassy, make sure you have done some basic research about how long it will take to process your visa. You don’t want to show up with your documents only to be told that there was an unexpected delay and you need to do it again!

Also, remember that many countries require you to check off a box indicating that you agree to their terms and conditions before processing your visa, so be aware of what country you’re going to and whether or not this applies to you.

Examine your passport

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It is important to check your passport before you arrive at one of our global processing facilities for work. You can do this by looking through it, and also making sure that all pages are valid and not expired.

Page 2 of your passport should have proof of travel from within the last six months. We will verify this when you come into an office here so be sure to update yours if necessary!

If possible we recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser as it is more reliable than Firefox or Explorer when it comes to verifying whether or not a page has gone down due to an outage.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to us to ensure that your visa is processed correctly, so please make sure your passport is up-to-date and contains no errors.

Let the company know you are ready

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Now that your documents are all verified, you can move onto step number three: letting the organization know you’re looking to stay in the country for longer than just currently-valid visa terms.

This is typically done through what is called an employer form I–9. This document asks if the employee has ever been asked to work without a visa or work permit, as well as whether they have working papers beyond their current visa term. If yes, then it must be confirmed that both parties agree to extend employment beyond the existing visa term.

Not only does this show proof of job position, but also intention to remain in the workplace past the expiration of one’s visa. A lot of employers require this documentation!

What happens next?

If everything checks out and you have confirmation, then you will be given additional time at end of employment. The length of extension depends on how long you intend to spend in the country, obviously, so make sure you don’t go overboard with buying new furniture or running around chasing after food trucks.

Meet your recruiter

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After submitting your visa application, you will be assigned to an immigration consultant or recruiter who helps you through the next steps of processing your visa. These individuals are called recruiters because that is their job!

As mentioned before, most employers use H-1B visas for professional positions. A recruiter working with employers uses this experience as part of his/her role. Therefore, it is very important that you choose your potential employer carefully and check if they have their own recruitment process.

It is also worth noting that some employers hire both internal and external recruiters. For example, an employer may advertise a position and then decide whether to go through an internal recruiter or not.

There Is No Official Recruitment Process

Recruiters do not have any standard procedures when representing companies looking to hire professionals under an H-1B visa. This can make it difficult to know what is going on during the recruiting process and how long it takes, especially since there is no national regulation.

Some things depend on the individual recruiter, but many times he/she will manage communication with the hiring company by phone or chat apps like Slack or Zoom.

What About Costs?

The costs related to having an outside recruiter help you apply for an H-1B visa vary quite a bit depending on the recruiter, the country they are located in, and the length of time it takes to find a suitable candidate and file the necessary documents.

Start the process of hiring

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Now that you have your application, interview, and authorization completed, it is time to start looking for your new employee! Companies that offer visa sponsorship or work visas typically run background checks, require employees to do their paperwork (like proof of residency), and go through several interviews before offering employment.

These processes can be very tedious, so most employers hire someone to handle this for them. A recruiter or employer may already have connections to companies that offer these services, or they may use an agency that specializes in working with foreigners.

By having professionals help you with the process, everything goes more smoothly. Make sure to check out online reviews as well as referrals to see if anyone has any input about the company.

Submit your resume

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After you have gathered all of your documents, it is time to start looking for jobs! The next step is to submit your application via online applications or through hiring managers directly. Make sure to check your email frequently as well because some applications direct you to login sites that do not expire.

By applying here, you are increasing your chances of being selected over applicants who may use fake credentials to apply. There will be more opportunities given to individuals with non-transferable visas so this is helpful for your career!

The way most companies run their visa programs is by having an internal recruiter handle new hires. These recruiters work mostly with staffing agencies and professional employers. They find positions for you and then the employer handles the rest – including getting your visa!

Some professionals also self-sponsor for workers. This is similar to what we discussed earlier where they manage the process themselves. A few choose to hire a recruiting agency or another individual to help them along.