Step 1: Call the Embassy/Consulate in the country you are in
I am not sure if this is a Filipino thing but I get visa questions a lot: “Dear Trisha, how did you apply for an Argentine visa?” That’s only the beginning but it will be followed by a series of questions that I do not (and will not) understand.
My reply? “Please contact the consulate in your country.” Always.
I think Filipinos are the only ones who never call the Embassy/Consulate because we always think it’s not ‘legal’ or we will be judged and belittled so we tend to get information from people who actually did it. In the end, the Embassy will ask for more documents because we didn’t do it right.
Consulates and embassies may have the same requirement but take note that we are different individuals with different history so the additional documents will always vary. Please, do not be scared to call the Embassy to discuss your case. It is their job to help you. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
I processed my Argentine visa in Montevideo, Uruguay so in this case, I really need to call the Embassy. I don’t think there’s an actual Filipino who did it at the same place as I was then so the best thing to do is to ask.
After my unsuccessful application of Argentine visa in Brasil, I decided to do it in Uruguay. I figured it would be easier to apply for a visa in small cities like Montevideo and there would be a higher chance of getting approved. While waiting for my Uruguayan visa in Brasil, I sent this e-mail to the Consulate of Argentina in Montevideo:
In my email, I asked if it’s possible to obtain a visa for Argentina in Montevideo and they said yes. When I asked for the requirements, they said there’s no particular file(s) needed but they have to assess the documents that I have such as bank transactions, birth certificate, passport, etc. I love reaching out to Embassies because I believe they are the only ones who have the answers to my questions. I am not asking you to stop reading blogs but as a fellow Filipino, I highly encourage you to step up and call the Embassy you need to call. All you have to do is ask nicely. They won’t bite.
It will take them a while to respond via e-mail so calling is always better.