We have heard of many incidents of being detained on airport by authorities due to incomplete paperwork. Every country has its own rules and regulations, and you are permitted to enter the country only if you have fulfilled all the formalities, otherwise you will be asked to step aside for additional checks. Let’s see some case scenarios and understand how they could have been avoided.
Case I: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s visa application to the UK was rejected by the British High Commission in Delhi.
Apparently, Khan was planning to travel to UK to perform at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall located at the heart of Southbank Centre in London. His visa was rejected due to negligence and messy process of obtaining UK visa. Embassy sends a refusal notice if your visa is rejected, and in this notice they will list the reason for refusal along with the right to appeal. If only, Khan would knew about it, or if he would have taken help of experts, we are sure he wouldn’t have faced these hassles.
Case II: Shahrukh Khan
Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan was detained by US authorities of immigration three times.
Is it racial profiling and singling out people with last name Khan? Washington had denied allegations that Khan was singled out because his name denotes him as a Muslim. Then what was the reason? Well, someone with the same name is reportedly on a US no-fly list of 80,000. However, this can’t be the reason to trouble the same man three times while he is travelling to US. There are cases of visas being rejected for the similar reasons. What can one do if put in such situation? You need to have a stronger case and paperwork created which clearly specifies you are not the person in no-fly list. This can be done with the help of domain experts, they will be able to create a solid file that will avoid embarassment for you on airport. A little proactive measure can help you retain your dignity.
Case III: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick landed in India without a visa.
Uber’s co-founder and chief executive officer faced a scary situation when he landed in India without a visa. A high level intervention saved him from being deported back. It was a confusion that was created due to dates and the way they are written in India and US. How could he have tried to avoid this? Well, a permanent visa domain expert who has knowledge of all the country visas to optimum level could have guided him. Visa norms in countries change often, it is difficult for even Uber CEO to keep a track of them, an insider of industry working closely with visa related work could save the trouble (and the day).
Well, all these incidents surely suggests one thing, it is always good to have your visas processed through an expert. Even though countries are trying to create processes those are simple and easy, there will always be need of someone who can decode these regulations and norms for travelers. But then, these cases shouldn’t stop you from taking your next trip, none of the problem weighs more than the experience of a new country, so well, let’s explore!