Have you ever gone through the process of applying for a student visa? Then you would know that it is a painstaking process and the results are not always in your favour.
More than we can admit, the Philippines is subject to a lot of student visa requirements and applying for it may not be as simple as black and white papers. Time, effort, meticulously putting up a your whole portfolio, explaining why you want to study in a foreign country, convincing the visa officer understand that you deserve it and that you are more than capable of succeeding in this pursuit, sleepless nights while waiting for the result – all this hard work only to end with one blow of a visa denial.
Sometimes, no matter how truthful you present yourself and how genuine your intentions are, your visa application still gets rejected. You have to remember that a visa denial does not necessarily mean you have lied, the term used is “misrepresented.” You have not presented yourself in a light that makes the visa officer understand you. Having this said, the anguish brought by rejection does not make it any less. The feeling of a visa denial is underrated and other people who have not experienced it cannot relate to the level of frustration a single decision letter brings. If I can describe it, it feels like seeing the finish line but then there’s a road block – so close yet so far – now you have to think of a way to get around the roadblock and detour. Roadblocks and detours are part of the journey for sure, as long as you don’t lose hope and enjoy the ride, you will arrive at your destination.
People handle rejection differently for sure, but there is only one way to change your situation and that is to act on it. Results will remain the same unless you do a different approach. If you think this is based on a theory, the story of our feature student will convince you to challenge your adversities and make it work for you.
From closed doors to new beginnings:
Hanna Santos, is a 27 year old international student in Ontario, originally from Quezon City who is no stranger to visa denials.
Another hitch on the road
Although Canada is relatively more welcoming to international students than the USA, this does not make the application process any easier. Canada takes visa applications seriously and its warm accommodation to international students cannot be taken as leniency – to be admitted in the country takes just as much effort.
Hanna’s story deserves centerstage as her brimming perseverance and resilience is a remarkable story that will surely help anyone going through the same challenges to pull themselves out of a dark place.
Remember that rejections are mere redirection – to steer us to our rightful destiny. As long as you keep going, there’s no way you cannot reach your destination and achieve great things.
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