At our last reading, I covered the story of Vikram and Ishwinder, an Indian couple who travelled through a complex visa regime while travelling the world. Indians have many restrictions on where to visit and in most countries in the world with a long visa process.
It took a Filipino friend in Bangkok four years to get a Schengen visa to enter the EU, despite having a good job, a groom and many roots.
Today I’m going to talk to the DJ. He is a Filipino who has lived and travelled to Europe for many years. He shares his visa experience, travel advice and advice with other developing countries to realise his travel dreams.
Hey, lovely dreamers! I’m DJ Jabis. I’m 29 years old and I grew up in the Philippines. I was born and raised in Kagayana, and moved to Manila at the age of 17 to study industrial economics at the University of Diliman in the Philippines.
In 2009, I moved to Europe to receive a master’s degree in international business as a full-time researcher for the European Commission as part of his prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme.
I have travelled the world since 2007 and lived in Sweden, Poland, Germany and the Philippines. I worked as an industrial engineer, pseudo-diplomat at the Philippine Embassy in Stockholm, a mysterious buyer and various strange professions at music festivals.
When I was traveling in Southeast Asia, I realized that I’d rather stay abroad than just jump from country to country. This awareness led me to apply for the Erasmus Mundus programme, which was a great dream for me. The longest non-transfer trip I usually make is in the summer, when I usually travel around Europe from June to September.
What inspired you to go around the original?
In fact, I draw inspiration from film, literature and music. I love watching European films, especially Spanish and French. My experience with erasmus Mundus, for example, was that this was not the first time that the European Union had been a member of the European Union.I also love reading about David Sedar’s life in France and novels by Swedish writers such as Jonas Jonasson and Stieg Larsson. One of my favorite travel books is Pascal Mercier’s Night Train and he inspired me too (buy and read!).
As a Filipino, you often can’t just come to a new country. Are you having a hard time getting a visa? What problems do you face?
This is usually the case. Obtaining visas from most of the ‘developed’ countries in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe is particularly difficult.
Even if you have responded to all the requirements, the embassies still doubt the reason for your visit and always think you won’t be coming home. This applies in particular to passengers alone who are rejected the most. My friends and people were denied visas at some point.
Demands aren’t jokes either.
For example, if you are applying for a Schengen visa to Europe, you must present your itinerary, pre-booked hotels throughout your stay, travel insurance, flight booking, bank account, credit card bills, tax returns, tax return, holiday request from your boss. proof of employment if you work for your company or have related documents.
There are many obstacles that need to be jumped through, and visas can still only be refused because embassies always come up with this prejudice that we are trying to do illegally.
When you go to the embassy for an interview, dress properly and boldly answer all the questions. Many people are usually afraid of all the stories they hear from others or read on the Internet. Don’t be one of them. There is nothing to fear if you honestly announce your intentions to visit the country and have all the necessary documents to confirm the allegations. If you act nervous, you just arouse more suspicion.
Most people who have been fined do not have sufficient evidence that they intend to return home. My best advice is to make sure you have all the vouchers that confirm that you are working or owning a business. The more roots you can look at home, the better the program will look.
If you have sent everything but have still been refused, you can appeal the decision in writing. Most embassies are required by law to give you good reason to refuse and advise what to do to get approval.