The Weirdest Reasons People Apply For Visas


Written by Aisha Nozari
11 Thursday 11th July 2013

Thanks to I am in a fucking great mood today. The visa help website have put together a list of the ten weirdest applications they received over the last 12 months. Liam Clifford of the site commented ‘we do come across some unusual reasons for visa applications in our office. Some applications really take us by surprise.’ You’re telling me, I mean this shit is crazy. One woman applied for a UK visa with the promise she’d secured ‘seasonal work as a zombie.’ I literally have no idea what that means. Another guy applied for a European visa because he wants to go to Romania and hunt vampires. Don’t even bother mate, I did that last summer, total waste of time. Turns out Dracula's a right bore.


However, not all applications are utterly far-fetched. It seems some of these people have their head in the game. One man wanted an American visa, as ‘job prospects were better there’. Completely understandable. Oh, did I mention he was a dog food taster? I guess America’s dog food tasting game is pretty strong. 


Although, as weird as some of them are, you have to hand it to these people, - they’re downright honest. A dude from the Philippines stated he needed to join his family in Australia as he was on the run from authorities. Straight up. A man from Mali claimed he wanted to head over to Venice in order to become a gondolier. He doesn’t have any prior experience in the field, but he saw it on TV and it looked fun, so…


Here's the websites top ten:



1)      A South African man applied for a European visa as he stated that he wanted to go to Romania to ‘hunt vampires’ for a living.

2)      A Brazilian man applied for a UK visa to bring 'flamenco to the streets of Norwich', claiming to be a teacher of the dance.

3)      A Russian lady was looking for a European visa to work 'her trade' in the Netherlands. That trade being prostitution.

4)      An embalmer got in touch who wanted to move his skills preparing dead bodies for burial from Mexico to Spain. It later emerged that the applicant had an 'extensive criminal record' so the visa was subsequently refused.

5)      A gondolier in Venice - one applicant reckoned they were a dab hand with a pirogue in their native Mali so wanted to transfer their skills with a punt to the Venetian waterways after 'seeing it on television'.

6)      A dog food taster - somebody had allegedly applied for the position and been given the nod based on 'previous experience' and they were now applying for the relevant visa to move to the US from the UK.

7)      A man openly claimed during his application process that he was 'evading the local authorities' in his native Philippines and wanted to join his family in Australia.

8)      A 'foot model' applied for a visa to move from France to the US where their feet were apparently in 'high demand'.

9)      A woman applied for a UK visa after apparently securing 'seasonal work as a zombie' after going for an interview whilst on holiday.

10)   A Peruvian man applied for a European visa to work as an 'alpaca shearer' during 'shearing season'.



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