The main reason why this article features the advantages and disadvantages of travel visa, is to help our brothers and sisters around the world who immigrate illegally from their home countries to abroad, to understand the importance of having a travel visa and the challenges they might face if they travel without a visa.
Most people from Africa and Middle East travel along the eastern route through Turkey and Mediterranean routes through Italy and Spain to enter Europe. Moreover, central and south Americans also immigrate illegally to the United States of America. These people face a lot of challenges on their way and not all of them are able to make it to their destination.
Most of these people don’t have any knowledge about the importance of travel visa and also don’t know what they might face on their way to abroad. I believe that, if they have the opportunity to read this article, it will help them to understand the importance of having a travel visa and the consequences they might face without a travel visa.
According to Shetty Salil, illegal immigrants including men, women, children suffer assaults, robbery, and abduction by criminal gangs. There are also reports of extortion and ill-treatment by police and immigration officials. Tragically, some migrants are killed before reaching their destination. “As many as 20,000 migrants are kidnapped every year”.
According to Mexican National Human Rights, Kidnapping for ransom isn’t the only risk. Six in ten migrant women and girls are raped on the journey. Abducted women and girls are vulnerable to trafficking.
Migrants face abuses in Libya even before they risk death at sea. Migrants attempting to flee Libya to cross the Mediterranean Sea are been intercepted by the Libyan coast guards and are systematically taken back to Libya and brought into detention. Most of these migrants die on the desert even before reaching Libya. And the last but not the least, 80% of these migrants die on the Mediterranean Sea whiles only 20% or even less are able to reach safely. Even after reaching safely, there is no guarantee that you are going to make it or have a good life without proper documentation.
Now you see, it does not worth risking your life to travel illegal to Europe, United States or other part of the world without a visa.
Having a travel visa will give you the opportunity to travel around the world freely without facing travel difficulties like illegal migrants. For example, obtaining a schengen visa gives you the opportunity to travel to 26 schengen countries in Europe. You can also apply for a multiple entry schengen visa, which gives you the opportunity to travel multiple times within the schengen area.
Moreover, obtaining a work visa gives you the opportunity to live and work for a specific period of time in the host country. You also have the opportunity to bring your family from your home country to join you in the host country. In most cases, your family are entitled to social benefit in the host country. Your family will also have the opportunity to work and study. Isn’t this the life we are all hoping for?. So why would you risk your and family life to travel illegally to abroad whiles you can obtain visa and enjoy better life.
Furthermore, obtaining a family visa will give you the opportunity to join your family and settle permanently in the host country. You will have the opportunity to live and work in the host country. You are entitled to social benefits such as housing, accommodation, student allowance and a lot more. You are also given the assurance to live with your family forever in the host country as long as you don’t involve yourself in any illegal activities that will send you back to your home country.
Also, obtaining a student visa gives you the opportunity to study, work and live in the host country for a specific period of time. You are also entitled to bring your family members to join you whiles you studying. If you are able to change your residence status before you student visa ends, you will have the opportunity to live permanently in the host country.
Last but not the least, obtaining a business and tourist visa gives you the opportunity to travel and visit family and friends, tour around the host country and attend business meetings. You are also entitled to study for a maximum of three months and undertake voluntary jobs.
To conclude, obtaining a travel visa will expose you to a lot of opportunities and make your life easier in abroad. It also becomes easier to obtain a new visa and even a long visa because you’ve proven to the embassy beyond doubt that you will return back home if you are given a visa and you will not become a burden to the host government. Moreover, obtaining a student, work and family visas will give you the opportunity to live and work in the host countries. But failure to obtain a visa and travel illegally, will make you vulnerable to extortion, assault, rape, kidnap and even death. Recommend this book to all your family and friends so they will also have the opportunity to learn about travel visas before they make their mind to travel.