DV Lottery 2023 Results: How To Check DV Lottery Entrant Status

The Results of the 2023 Diversity Visa program (DV-2023), also known as the Green Card lottery, can be checked online beginning Tuesday, May 7th, 2022, at 15:00GMT.

Results will only be available on the US Department of State website.

To check the results of your entry, you will need your confirmation number, year of birth, last name, and pass a simple security check to prove you are human.

USA passport on the flag of the US United Stetes.
USA passport on the flag of the US United Stetes.

How to check 2023 DV Lottery results

  1. Visit the U.S Department of State website https://dvlottery.state.gov/
  2. Click CHECK STATUS and CONTINUE
  3. Enter your Confirmation Number (Example: 2020xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)
  4. Enter Last Name or Family Name
  5. Enter Year of Birth
  6. Carefully look at the security code provided and enter it correctly
  7. Hit SUBMIT.
  8. The next page tells you if you have been selected for further processing or not.

The DV 2023 entrants are those that registered between October 6, 2021 and November 9, 2021. The US State Department will begin processing visas and conducting interviews for the eventual winners starting in October, 2022, with those who pass the interviews, background checks and other qualifications such as high school education and/or work experience being granted permanent resident visas.

The Diversity Visa program, which is administered by the State Department, makes 50,000 permanent resident visas available annually to nationals of countries with low immigration rates to the United States over the previous five years.



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Ten (10) Consideration For Travelers In Buying Air Tickets

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Most often, purchasing travel tickets are perceived to be a cash-and-carry thing but travelers usually end up paying much than they budgeted for. The cheapest fares usually ends up to be the most expensive ones especially, when we are not sure of our travel dates or if the tickets does not offer the option of date change.
These are ten (10) guidelines to aid you make a better choice, when you intend buying an air ticket for your trip.

1. Check which airlines you can use without a transit visa or if you have the necessary documents to use the airline

Travel agents mostly assume you have all the necessary documents for your trip, so they sell tickets to you without hesitation. Depending on your passport and other documents, it may require you get a transit visa to be able to use some airlines with the exception of flights that do not make stops. Check with the airline first if you require a transit visa. Travels to certain destinations may require an “OK to board”. The airline examines your travel documents and cross-checks them with the respective issuing authorities before they give you the nod to purchase the ticket. Check with the airline thoroughly before tickets are purchased because you will be denied boarding if you require an “OK to board”. Asians traveling on Emirates requires this when traveling to certain destinations. Certain airlines require holders of Ghana passports traveling with e-visas to apply for an “OK to board”. If you need it, the airline will direct you on how to get it done.

PARIS: My Eiffel Tower Experience

Coming to France and not visiting Paris, the City of Lights is just like wasting your trip. Moreover, what could be a more iconic picture of France with a view of the beautiful Eiffel Tower that stands tall above one of the most romantic cities in the world?

Thousands of people have spent their childhood wondering what it is about the Eiffel Tower that makes it so special among everyone. Well, it is because of this that I started my journey to finally find out what the hype was all about.

Trying to touch the tip from afar
Trying to touch the tip from afar

So I landed in Paris in the late hours and the first thing I knew was that I had to see the oh-so-beautiful Eiffel Tower. I had been told by a lot of friends and colleagues who have already visited the Eiffel Tower and some say it looks beautiful in the day light while the others say nothing beats the look during the night lights. So I was like oh what the hell, how about we just check it out at both times, who knows when we get a chance again.

Since it was pretty late when I landed here, I reached my hotel and decided to rest for a few hours and wake up early not to miss the sight of the morning look of Eiffel Tower. I got there before it opens (around 9.00 am) and got in line. The fresh morning breezes and slightly fewer people gave me a chance to see the tower closely and as long as I wanted to. You can take the lift or the stairs whatever you want. I chose the lift as it was amusing to see the views from there. Reaching at the top will allow you to see all over the city which itself was a great experience for me.

Night shot at the Eiffel Tower, Paris - France
Night shot at the Eiffel Tower, Paris – France

Then again I chose to visit the Eiffel Tower during the night time on the last day of my trip. No wonder why people call it a symbol of romance. I went when the sun was about to set to witness the magical feel of the tower when the lights came on. One should definitely go in the night when it’s all sparkly.

I think I can finally sum it up that the view FROM the Eiffel Tower during the day is something you don’t want to miss but the view OF the Eiffel Tower is the best at night only. So it’s for you to decide as to what you are looking for.

When my holiday in Paris was over, I left France ‘without’ a passport.

Mauritius: An African Island Not For Africans

 

Mauritius is an island of Africa isolated like Madagascar, located in the Indian Ocean. This beautiful island has a mix race of whites and black. French and English are widely spoken throughout the island.

The island has simplified visa procedures and has bilateral visa agreements with many countries to enable nationals of these countries visit each other on visa-free basis.

Many travel lovers in Africa had love to take advantage of this visa policy to explore the beauty of Mauritius but immigration procedures at the point of entry do not exhibit anything like visa-free or hassle-free travel as agreed between the two countries.

JetSanza.com can confidently say that, about 98% of tourist arrivals from Africa in Mauritius are deported for no seeming reason.

#JetSanzaExplorer Shadrack  was the only person among the African arrivals to be granted entry during his visit to the country in February 2016. Thanks to Mr. Shan – the hotel manager who guaranteed his stay in the country and also signed a document to assure the immigration officers that he will bring Shadrack back to the airport after his week stay.

At the point of entry, much is required from the African visitors. These requirements are not stationed on any of their websites and they have made many Africa countries to believe that their borders are opened to them.

“All blacks were deported. They find any reason to deport you. I had to engage the manager of the hotel I booked. He was right at the airport to pick me up so it eased my process a bit. All what they’ve made us to believe are lies. I won’t urge anyone from Africa to visit there,” Shadrack told JetSanza.com.

“I don’t know their fears. I don’t know if they are racists. Whites are given entry without questions. I hardly even met blacks in the country. Could you believe the immigration officers call my hotel every day to check if I’m around? I have been to so many places but I haven’t seen a country so unfriendly like Mauritius,” he concluded.

It is very sad that an African country could treat its own people this way.

Mauritius pretends to be inviting, friendly and made the world believe that they have simple immigration procedures, especially for commonwealth countries. They even claim to be issuing passports for commonwealth countries that stay continuously for a year or two.

Mauritius is only luring the world with their bilateral visa policies to enable its nationals travel to other countries with ease. Nationals of Mauritius visit almost all African countries without a visa but deny nationals from these countries entries into their country.

Foreign ministries in various African countries must wake from their sleeps and revise any bilateral visa agreements signed with the island.

Photo Credit: Africa Point

ANGOLA: The “Phoenix” of Africa

Tucked away in the south-western corner of Africa, lies the beautiful country of Angola.

At first glance, it seems this nation has nothing to offer, especially with its turbulent political past, but upon further exploration, one finds a rich and vibrant land that is the manifestation of the finest of “fantasies.

In recent years Angola has become a favourite holiday destination in Africa, and it is no surprise that the culture of the country has a noticeable Portuguese element (Language and religion) – a polished mix of native Bantu and Portuguese.- a balanced fusion that is a prime factor for the nation’s allure.

Anyone looking for an adventure in Angola would not leave disappointed. With a wide array of monuments and natural wonders, one is assured of fun, intrigue and inspiration when in the country. Any person visiting the country for the first, second or hundredth time should make an effort to visit some of these locations and/or undertake these activities:

KALANDULA FALLS: AN AWESOME SIGHT

KALANDULA FALLS/ Photo: José Carlos Lopes/YouTube
KALANDULA FALLS/ Photo: José Carlos Lopes/YouTube

This breath-taking spectacle is located in the north of the country. The waterfall is spread along 400m and falls 100m, from forested clifftops. The sight of the falls is magnificent and is particularly overwhelming at the end of the rainy season, when the Lucala River that “feeds” it is in full flood.

SANTIAGO AND PALMEIRINHAS: GO ON A WATERY INDULGENCE

For many years Angola has not only boasted of a vibrant and rich culture, but also of marvelous and picturesque beaches. Approximately 45 km south of Luanda (the country’s capital), lies Palmeirinhas beach. With snow-white sand and crystal-blue waters, it is comparable to the beaches of the Maldives and Bahamas. It is no wonder that it is a favourite spot for locals and travellers alike.

SANTIAGO AND PALMEIRINHAS/ Photo: Angola Image Bank
SANTIAGO AND PALMEIRINHAS/ Photo: Angola Image Bank

For fish lovers, Santiago beach is another option. It is in the opposite direction of Palmeirinhas, and boasts of some of the rarest and colorful fish on this planet.

KISSAMA NATIONAL PARK: FOR THE SAFARI LOVERS

Angola, like its neighbours (Congo, South Africa and Namibia), offers an amazing Safari experience to adventure seekers in the form of the beauty called the Kissama National Park (the only operational national park in the country). It is a driving distance from the capital and is home to an increasing array of wild animals, including the elephants and the rare palanca antelopes

KISSAMA NATIONAL PARK/ Photo: Walk About Alex
KISSAMA NATIONAL PARK/ Photo: Walk About Alex

THE MUSUEM OF SLAVERY: A PEEK INTO THE PAST

It is no secret that Africa was the main source of slaves before the universal abolishment of the slave trade. Every African country at one point or another had indigenes sold and shipped away to Europe and the Americas. Angola had a role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, something that can be explored and understood at the Museum of Slavery, 25km along Luanda’s coast. There is a 17th-century chapel, where slaves were baptised, nearby.

 

LUANDA: MICROCOSM OF THE NATION

A trip to Angola would be incomplete without an adventure in Luanda! Since the restoration of peace in the nation, the capital has gradually developed into a beautiful city with numerous monuments. Luanda deserves a thorough exploration (more than just a quick stop on arrival from the airport). The city atmosphere is vibrant and youthful. Angolan culture is rich here, with the sound of music, the dress of the people, the culture and most importantly the food!

The serene Atlantic Ocean location draws one in- add the presence of historic churches and architectural treasures, that seem to line every street corner and you get a breathing brick layered mosaic that holds one spellbound. One of such monuments is the Mausoleum of Agostinho Neto, Angola’s first president. One thing is certain, whatever your feelings may be towards the monument, it certainly can’t be ignored.

 

FOOD: EXOTIC WHETTING OF THE APPETITE

Food is life, love, passion, all wrapped up into one!!

A visit to Angola would be incomplete, and almost criminal without a taste of the nation’s culinary repertoire. Because of Angola’s history with Portugal, the country’s cuisine is largely Portuguese inspired, with many food imported from Portugal.

Majority of the local dishes incorporate flour, beans, rice, chicken, okra, sauces, fish, vegetables and pork. There is an array of dishes to choose from a situation which may be troubling to those trying to watch their waistline.

Common dishes include:

ARROZ (RICE) DISHES: This includes, “Arroz de marisco”- white rice with seafood, typically prawns or lobster.
CALDEIRADA DE CABRITO: Goat meat stew served with rice. This is a traditional Independence Day (November 11) dish in the country.
CALULU: Dried fish with vegetables, such as okra, sweet potatoes, and Gimboa leaves (similar to spinach); often served with rice, and palm oil and beans.
MUKUA: An ice cream made from the dried fruit of the baobab tree.
PE-DE-MOLEQUE: A peanut and caramel candy.

There is no denying that Angola has a lot to offer. Despite its turbulent past it has risen out of the ashes (like phoenix) and is taking its place as an African tourist destination.

Whatever your reason may be for visiting Angola, one thing is certain, you won’t leave disappointed!

SEVEN TIPS, EVERY “WOULD-BE” TRAVELLER SHOULD KNOW

People frequently say -“if travelling was free, you would never see me again

At one point or another, every individual will travel; It may be down the street to work, a weekend away visiting relatives or five thousand miles to a distant land for an adventurous vacation”.

For centuries the human imagination has yearned to discover- be it new places, people, culture or experience- to satiate curiosity and ascertain or disprove myths and legends. What better way than to do all this than travelling?!

People around the world travel in varying ways for diverse reasons- irrespective of it being by road, rail, air, or sea, one thing is for sure – there are certain things that you must know.

 

  1. THE BASIC TWO: Where should I go? And why am I going?

An obvious question that needs to be answered before you go on a trip is “what destination are you going to”? You must pinpoint the exact location(s) you would be going. Then there is the “why?”. Reasons for travelling may differ- from necessity to allure, to luxury, to sightseeing, down to the sheer urge associated with “impulse travellers” / “travel mavericks” – The plethora of the motives for travelling is endless. Albeit the thrill, risk and excitement associated with the latter two, most people usually have a clear idea as to the where? And why? And that is the best and safest line to tow.

 

  1. SETTING A DATE/ TIME AND STICKING TO IT

Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you can do today”. Most people have the desire to travel but are constantly postponing it because of various reasons; work, school, or insufficient funds. In reality, these reasons are illusional and are just like the proverbial cloud preventing the chicken from moving.

One of the pieces of advice “regular” travellers and adventure seekers would give you is that the minute you realise that you want to travel, “Just go for it”! Instead of churning up reasons why you can’t go, focus on all the wonderful experiences to be gained through travelling.

You don’t have to plan an extravagant trip, that would take you half-way across the world. It just needs to be something that gives you joy- a trip to the museum, the beach, or even you, walking your friend down the street!!!! Actually, it is the simple things; the simple places in life that hold the most effect.

 

  1. GRAB A PAL- MAKE A TRAVEL TAG TEAM

What better way to travel than with someone who packs along a whole lot of fun?!!! In tune with the mantra that: “ the world is best seen in ‘twos’ ”, when you finally decide on when and where you want to travel to, choose someone that would make your trip more exciting.

Having a travelling companion brings numerous benefits- someone to talk to, someone to share those extra calories from that pizza, not to mention the numerous shopping exercises to be made!!!!

 

  1. INSTAGRAM ANYONE!

A picture speaks a thousand words; and what better way to narrate a story of your adventures than to keep your Instagram and Facebook pages updated with your vacation pictures. Take a picture next to a monument, with the locals of the place you visiting, or whilst you gobble down a plate of food!!!

Mind you, you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a beautiful picture, you just need a beautiful smile!!!

It’s not only the beauty and lure of narrating your experience via the visual that makes your pictures a necessity, it is also the security and information it provides to your friends and loved ones as to your location. This is essential so that they can easily track you in the event of an emergency.

 

  1. JUST GO WITH THE FLOW!

Many travellers, especially first-time ones, go “all out” planning the direction in which their trip should go.- this may range from important things such as hotel choice to trivial matters such as the gum to chew daily. Yes, it is good to plan and it is advisable to plan certain aspects of your trip but sometimes life is best enjoyed when you just have to let loose and roll with the punches. Be spontaneous!!!!

Do things that are out of your comfort zone- eat a new delicacy no matter how it may physically look, hang out with the locals at the city hotspot, go skydiving. Some of the best moments and experiences in life are the ones that happen unexpectedly

 

  1. LAY DOWN AND REST

Although you are travelling to see new sites and wonders, don’t forget to rest. In planning for your trip, remember to factor in a place to rest when the day is done. Depending on the place (country) you intend to visit, find a place where you can stay and keep your things.

You can decide to stay in a hotel, guesthouse or rented apartments and if you are lucky, in the home of a friend or acquaintance who happens to reside in the area you would be visiting.

Do research on the safest places to stay for travellers. You can simply google such places– many of which have websites and Facebook pages. Doing this before setting off for your trip would give you the opportunity to adequately budget, and ensure you are not cheated by the owners of such places of abode.

 

  1. LEARN THE TONGUE- namaste, bonjour, hola, si, amigo, ni hao, whatever

One of the toughest yet better rewarding things is learning a foreign language. As you embark on your travels, keep in mind that many of the places you will be visiting, have people who speak a totally different dialect to the one that you might be used to.

To ensure that you do not get lost in the sea of languages, try and learn a few of the words and phrases of the area you would be visiting.

You don’t need to be fluent, but do learn enough so that you can communicate without much difficulty. Common greetings, names of food and objects and numbers should be enough to get you by on your travels.

 

In preparing for your trip remember this main tip- HAVE FUN!!!!!

The main reason for travelling is to experience something new. Don’t take things so seriously on your travels. Be free like a bird. Learn and laugh as much as you can. Memories are for a lifetime, and amazing memories are priceless beauties that will eternally change your life!!!!

Amsterdam: Where I met Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson …

I know Amsterdam is all about the water and canal beauty but there’s obviously more to it than that.

And while I was done with enjoying the outdoor beauty of it, I decided to check out what Amsterdam has indoors for me. So I headed to the Madame Tassaud’s Wax Museum. I was excited to finally visit the Wax Museum where I could get up close and personal with the icons and celebrities of yesterday and today if not for real.

The good part was that I had already done my homework and purchased the tickets beforehand to avoid the long queues and enter directly in the museum. Being a great fan of movies and celebrities, I knew this is where I had to be at.
I could meet politicians, movie stars, super stars, sport heroes and who not at the museum. Stepping in the world of Art I noticed that this particular Madame Tassaud’s Wax Museum gives a special attention to their local culture where the first floor is full of Dutch politicians, painters, royals and pop stars etc.

My host Foster Sentence and I. Could you spot Michael Jackson behind me?
My host Foster Sentence and I. Could you see Michael Jackson behind me?

The amount of dedication and work that was put into making and then maintaining the wax figures is so impressive that it just blows your mind. Taking care of all the minute details of every personality while designing the wax figure literally won my heart. I took pictures with some political figures like the then US president, Barack Obama and the royal Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

With Lady Gaga
With Lady Gaga

The wax looked so real that when I showed these pictures to my friends most of them thought that I actually took a picture with the real Queen. Well yes, that’s the beauty of the wax museum, everything seems so real here. Moving on, I also took some pictures with some music celebrities like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson etc.

Have a look at some of the comments my friends made on the picture I had with the Queen.

Even though the tickets are a little pricey for the time I could spend there, I can say that it was all worth it. If you have never been to Madame Tassaud’s elsewhere in the world, you should go ahead and visit this one for sure.

A Literal Taste Of Spain

I, for one, am what my friends would call a “foodie”. I love food- when I say that it’s not that I am a glutton or constantly whipping pizza down my throat. Let’s just say I have an appreciation for food- the way it looks, smells, its preparation and you guessed right – its diverse tastes!

Sitting and pondering, for a good number of days, on what my next article should be focused on, I was stuck. A lot of thoughts came up- a write-up on Ghana? (“I don’t think so), something on fashion? (“Everyone is writing a fashion article”), or maybe, the best holiday destinations? (“Every place away from home is a great holiday destination”). After what seemed like a century, it hit me! Write on what I love and know; FOOD!!!!!!!

But what food? There are so many different kinds of food, so how would I narrow my choice? I could easily write on Ghanaian cuisine (being a Ghanaian and growing up on Waakye, Banku, and the likes – how difficult could it be?). But where would the challenge be in staying in my comfort zone?

It was at that moment that I saw a news item on Spain. EUREKA!!!! Spanish food. I’d always wanted to travel to Spain, and the only Spanish dish I’d ever eaten (Paella), left a lasting and pleasant impression.
This article by no means covers Spanish cuisine, rather it is something to tickle the reader’s taste buds, and probably motivate the reader to eat (and possibly cook) at least one Spanish dish in his/her lifetime!!!

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, in southwestern Europe is the beautiful nation of Spain. Known for its vibrant culture and tourist attractions (Alhambra and the streets of Jerez), this European nation has gained prominence for its distinctively delicious and colourful cuisine.

Unlike other nations around the world that have specific national cuisines, the food of Spain is unique to every tribe and geographical area.

Climate and geography have and continue to have great influence on the cooking methods and ingredients used. Like much of the world, Spanish dishes have a high carbohydrate element about them; be it rice, potatoes or bread.

La Comida– the main midday meal, lasts for approximately two hours (2 pm to 4 pm). This meal includes several courses including meats, stews and vegetables. It is thus of no surprise that Spain has a high number of overweight individuals!!!

Traditional Spanish dishes inculcate various ingredients beautifully combined to give the most mouth-watering dishes. Such dishes are rich with colour (vibrant reds, green, orange, and yellow) and distinctive in taste. Some of the most popular and traditional dishes (according to region) are described below:

Andalusia: It is no secret that Spain is known for its rich and juicy olives. Whether eaten raw, placed in a salad or turned into oil, olives are an ever-present element in a majority of Spanish foods.
With a combination of meat, bread and olives, Andalusian meals are the ideal blend of the major food groups.
The Andalusian region of Spain makes the most use of olive oil in its various foods. The most popular dish (according to international standards) from this area is Gazpacho- A mouth-watering cold soup that beautifully combines vegetables, bread, vinegar, water, salt, and olive oil. This dish is the ideal starter for people who wish to eat something cool and refreshing after a long day. It can also be used as a main course.

Catalonia – The locality that produced Spain’s first cookbook boasts of a vast array of dishes- these cuisines are dependent upon seafood and vegetables; as evidenced by dishes such as bean tortilla, snails, Escalivada (roasted vegetables), and stewed cod. For all those seeking a fish diet, this area would present the ideal opportunity for you.

Madrid: The Spanish capital is known for more than its famous soccer team (Real Madrid). Renowned for being a dairy producing area, it presents some of the tastiest starters and desserts such as traditional cheese, rice pudding, strawberries and chocolate- the ideal haven for those with a sweet tooth or two!!!

Valencia: I think one of the best ways to end the day is with a seafood platter with a side of vegetables. And although in other parts of the world this would come at a pretty hefty price, this beautiful city “almost gives such meals away!” The coastal nature of this region has made seafood very accessible and affordable! This region is home to my favourite Spanish dish (well actually the only Spanish dish I have tasted, nonetheless still my favourite!) – Paella; A rich blend of rice, vegetables, shrimp, and fish. Aside this irresistible dish the region has produced some amazing desserts such coffee liqueur, nougat and Chocolate Alicante. The scenery of Valencia is breath-taking, but the food is quite a plethora to die for!!

Aside the above-mentioned places and the cuisines peculiar to them, there are certain other must-try delicacies which I have pointed out below:

Crema Catalana (Catalan cream): Those who are fans of Crème Brulee would definitely fall in love with this- a rich custard flavoured with lemon zest and cinnamon, covered with caramelised sugar. A bowl of this weekly is sure to have you tipping off the scales!!!

Churros Con Chocolate: My mouth is watering at the mention of chocolate. This delicacy is a deep fried dough dipped in chocolate and dusted with cinnamon and sugar. I can only speak for myself when I say that dough that has been fried and dressed in chocolate is a must try.

Churros Con Chocolate
Churros Con Chocolate. Photo/Par Taste

Croquetas: For those who don’t have as much of a sweet tooth as myself, I would recommend this. Minus the sugar of the previous dishes, but equally as delicious, this combination of potatoes, cheese, and ham is a close rival to Italian pizza.

Albondigas: You have not tasted meatballs till you try this one. Coming from someone who loves herself some spaghetti and meatballs, you can believe that this dish is certain to leave a smile on your face and some sauce on your fingers! Reading the recipe for this dish and looking at the images, had me daydreaming of the day I would prepare my own Spanish meatballs.

Fabada Asturiana: If you are a stew lover, then this is made for you. This rich stew combines beans and sausage to create a delectable addition to rice, noodles, or potatoes.

Food is a language on its own. It has the ability to make people smile, bring families together and teach the beauty in combining ingredients to create something new. I hope this little tickle will prompt you to indulge in the essence of Spanish meals so as to create “little Spain” in your home!!!

Remember, you never know what you can create until you start!

10 Secrets You Need To Know About Visa ‘Connection Men’ or ‘Visa Contractors’

Bunch of emails find its way in my inbox daily asking how I manage to get my travel visas to embark on my globetrotting.

It’s grueling acquiring visas from our part of the world and has cost many huge sums of monies just to witness visa repudiation. It is estimated that, about $200,000 is wasted daily in Ghana on non-refundable visa fees. It’s this same money that is given to us back as an aid.

Before I come out with my secrets in getting all the travel visas for my trips, let me first clear some myths about ‘Visa Contractors’ popularly called ‘Connection men’.

1. There is nothing like ‘connection’ when it comes to Visas acquisition

‘Connection men’ are not connection men as they are known. They do not have any connections to the embassies as they claim. Even employees of the various embassies do not have the capacity to influence a visa decision.

Usually, decisions to issue visas are a sole responsibility of selected consular officers.

2. They do not influence your application positively in any way

In no way can they positively influence the outcome of your application. If you take any promise by a ‘connection’ man seriously, you may end up committing suicide.

Whatever they do is a ‘try your luck’ or 50/50 affair.

3. ‘Connection men’ have no knowledge in travel and tourism business

These so-called ‘connection men’ practically have no knowledge in travel and tourism business. A nurse was advised by a connection man to travel to a foreign country to pursue her nursing profession. Others have been advised that they can get admissions while in a foreign country to further their education. Graduates have been told that jobs are easily acquired with their certificates while in other countries. All these are false advises.

Travel visas have their own restrictions. The visitor/tourist visas you are traveling on do not permit you to carry on any job, school, or even engage in any other paid activities.

4. They are confident charlatans

They are quick to study your desperation or shortfalls and find a smart way to let you fall to their tricks. They usually answer ‘YES’ to all questions.

Accessing how fraudulent a ‘connection man’ is, I deliberately asked one question; “Can I enter the UK with a Schengen visa you are advertising?” and the answer was ‘YES’!

Meanwhile, UK who is planning to leave EU isn’t part of the Schengen treaty.

5. They can risk your chances of getting visas

These men do not have any knowledge in visa acquisition and may complete your application forms with false information that will rather risk your chances of getting visas now and in the future.

Many travel wishers have received bans from various embassies for providing false documents and information in their visa applications. It becomes difficult for you to apply for visa yourself after a connection man works on it. You do not know the exact information he/she gave to the embassy at the time of applying your first application.

Conflicting information equals lies and this usually comes along with a ban.

6. They are only interested in your money

Yes, it’s all about the cash. They will speak beguiling words to rip you off your lifetime savings. Interesting reasons on why advance payment has to be made are always given.

Some travel agencies advertise packages they cannot deliver. They lure travel wishers with radio and TV commercials to pay some amount (usually around 100 to 300usd) to register their interest in a package. Because this registration amount sounds a penny to a travel wisher, thousands of people rush in to make payment. Be informed that they are only interested in these initial payments.

When Ghana was playing against England in the UK in 2011, some agencies made fortunes out of it. Thousands of people rushed to make deposits in a bid to witness the international friendly match. A particular agency recorded over 10,000 registrations of £100 each – and that amount to a whooping £1m.
You will be shocked to know that I was at Wembley during the match and both seats on my left and right were empty. So many seats were empty.

Tickets meant for people who paid £100 to register their interest were sold about three times the price prior to kick off.

7. They need visas themselves

Some of these ‘connection men’ do not even have passports and they are interested in traveling themselves but have no means or little knowledge as to how to obtain visas. This is not an advice to pay people with travel experiences to assist you with travel visas. The fact that they travel to and fro in a country as many times they wish do not mean they could influence your visa application in any way.

A popular ‘connection man’ who was heard on radio everywhere advertising UK visas was seen going through his own NOTICE OF IMMIGRATION DECISION, popular known as ‘Refusal Letter’.

8. The embassies do not give accreditation to ‘connection men’ or travel agencies

Most at times, you hear on radio that a travel agency has been accredited by an embassy to send people to participate in or witness a particular event. Some of these adverts are false information they are sending out there just to put you on your heels to give them cash.

If they claim they have been accredited to send people on a particular mission, call the embassy to authenticate this. I bet they will smile and answer a big NO.

9. You could end up in jail

The very day you hand your travel life into the hands of a ‘connection man’, see yourself as a wanted criminal. Many are serving jail terms and others have suffered in the hands of the police and the judiciary service.
‘Connection men’ usually make up their applications with fake documents and information which warrant an arrest.

They are selfish and only interested in their monies and not your travel. When they are able to manoeuvre their way through with the fake documents, which is not likely, they make huge money forgetting about the problems you would go through if they fail.

10. Loss of documents

Consider your documents lost because as he/she plays hide and seek with you, it’s likely he won’t be able to hand over your documents to you. Some ‘visa contractors’ handle so many documents and easily misplace some of them. As you have been hearing and reading in the media, it’s quiet expensive and difficult to obtain a Ghanaian passport. Handle them with much care.

*In my next article, I will talk about what you can do if you have suffered in one way or the other in the hands of these ‘connection men’. I’ll also write about how you can obtain all the travel visas you need on your own.

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