bilan travels // Moving Overseas with B: visas & my first passport EVER

How I feel about visa applications….


The sass goes way back.


Applying for a UK visa is the most stressful visa process I have ever been through. Okay, to be completely honest, I would say that 71.7% of the stress could have been prevented if I were to have read the fine print. Rather than pointing fingers or complaining, I decided I would write the 6 lessons I’ve learned from applying for a visa this time around:

  1. Be skeptical of situations that are too good to be true. “There must be a reason why this place has so many open appointments,” – I said….never. Read, read, and read some more. Don’t overlook any detail!
  2. If you travel quite frequently, have extra passport photos copies on hand. Always be mindful of sizing. The UK, for example, requires 35 mm by 45 mm photos. The standard American size passport photos are 50 mm by 50 mm.
  3. Start as early as you possibly can; don’t postpone what you can do now. Moving abroad is stressful enough, the last thing that you want to worry about it not having a visa days before you are scheduled to depart. Most applications are online and give you the option to save your progress without submitting the application.
  4. Just try your luck. You’ll never know if you don’t try. You’d be surprised how much you can get done with a dash of kindness and a pinch of persistence.
  5. If you have an appointment, bring a family member or friend. Moral support is oh so necessary if things go wrong.
  6. Don’t let Negative Nancy bring you down: You will encounter a lot of terribly impatient, rude people along the way, (or maybe that’s just New York). Never stoop down to their level. It’s not worth it. Just finish what you need to finish and celebrate over frozen yogurt later. Yaaaaaas.



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