The Pain of American Visas
I’ve been blessed to travel to a few countries at quite an early age so I have enough spirit to write and whine about the incredibly annoying American visas.
I’ve probably kissed my chance of ever getting an American visa goodbye considering NSA tracks almost everything on the USA online but hey I never really wanted to visit the country much besides the several friends I got there. Seriously their visa process is worse than that of the UK and France.
Filling out a visa form for like 2 days online and attaching several documents like a college research project. Then for just a visit you pay ugx 400,000+ ($200) where other European countries you would pay around ugx 80,000 (around $30).
It just got worse, starting soon, visa waivers won’t be around. I’m looking at you my friends from the UK and elsewhere.
All of them will have to go to the American embassies and consulates to apply, they claim it’s because of the Paris bombing and they tightened the application process too.
Not that I’m really bothered, applying to the United States of America from Africa has always been a pain, I even gave up.
The irony though is that it’s pointless, thousands of Americans flock and resettle in other countries like Uganda and they work, flourish and even set up families there without any fuss. I think countries should start reciprocating.
That’s the problem of rising to superpower status; you reach a point and become a bully. After all you can always strong arm your way around everything. Well almost everything, except for Russia, Vietnam, Somalia. Etc.
Not to sound fascist but with the new random citizen led shootings on spontaneous places, I’m not that eager to visit America even if the thought of buying a gun as simply as buying candy is tempting.
Lawk is a mozillian, director at Innovware and consults part time for Every1Mobile.
He loves open source, the open web, writing, reading and developing literacy tools that can teach the youth around the world especially in East Africa.