Fresh dropout


Some countries are particular harse. To be honest what is a Visa exactly, if you can’t even live your own life. And who are others to determine how you have to live your already short life.

The most recent events is a candidate from the X-Factor who was forced to quit, but also had to leave the country due to her visa. It was not complete anymore and now she had to leave it all behind.

Ivy the name of the candidate already made it to the live shows but still at the last moment the pulled the plug. For me this is bullying on a larger scale and even legally bullying.

I feel very sorry for her, and will try to get you guys updated on the developments. After that I will give a legal analyzes of the whole situation. This particular case concerns her application.

How it started

Detail from a US visa document.  Selective focus with point of focus in the center of the picture.

Note to image inspector: the speckly edges (which could be mistaken as being sharpening artifacts) are actually due to the metallic ink used in the printing process.

Visa, what is it, why is it invented and where did come from?

A visa (from the Latin charta visa, meaning “paper which has been seen”) is a conditional authorization granted by a country (typically to a foreigner) to enter and temporarily remain within, or to leave that country. Visas typically include limits on the duration of the foreigner’s stay, territory within the country they may enter, the dates they may enter, or the number of permitted visits. Visas are associated with the request for permission to enter a country and thus are, in some countries, distinct from actual formal permission for an alien to enter and remain in the country. In each instance, a visa is subject to entry permission by an immigration official at the time of actual entry and can be revoked at any time.

Wikipedia continues with:

A visa is most commonly a sticker endorsed in the applicant’s passport or other travel document. The visa, when required, was historically granted by an immigration official on a visitor’s arrival at the frontiers of a country, but increasingly today a traveller wishing to enter another country must apply in advance for a visa, sometimes in person at a consular office, by mail or over the internet. The actual visa may still be a sticker or a stamp in the passport or may take the form of a separate document or an electronic record of the authorization, which the applicant can print before leaving home and produce on entry to the host country. Some countries do not require visas for short visits.

History of the paper


A passport is a different type of travel document, but way more official and now even with chips in them.

A passport is a travel document, usually issued by a country’s government, that certifies the identity and nationality of its holder for the purpose of international travel. Standard passports contain the holder’s name, place and date of birth, photograph, signature, and other identifying information. Passports are moving towards including biometric information in a microchip embedded in the document, making them machine-readable and difficult to counterfeit.

A passport holder is normally entitled to enter the country that issued the passport, though some people entitled to a passport may not be full citizens with right of abode. A passport is a document certifying identity and nationality; having the document does not of itself grant any rights, such as protection by the consulate of the issuing country, although it may indicate that the holder has such rights. Some passports attest to status as a diplomat or other official, entitled to rights and privileges such as immunity from arrest or prosecution, arising from international treaties.[citation needed] Many countries normally allow entry to holders of passports of other countries, sometimes requiring a visa also to be held, but this is not an automatic right. Many other additional conditions, such as not being likely to become a public charge for financial or other reasons, and the holder not having been convicted of a crime, may be applicable.

Where a country does not recognize another, or is in dispute with it, it may prohibit the use of their passport for travel to that other country, or may prohibit entry to holders of that other country’s passports, and sometimes to others who have, for example, visited the other country.

Sorry to have this taken from Wikipedia but no need to think of it all again right.



We discussed a bit about the background of a Visa and a Passport and what it can really mean for you. Another important thing is to have a good international health insurance. I believe there are countries where it is illegal not to have any insurance at all. Meaning you can’t even get into the country, whether you are an expat or just a tourist.

Do you research very well and everything will be definitely ok. Just be prepared, the same as looking on time on your visa or passport expire date. It goes for everything, before you buy your milk you still look at the expire date, why not do the same when you about to go on a holiday or move to another country.

Always check!


This is one of the most common mistakes I get every time. I hear my friends travel around and get into problems because their travel document is expired. This is a very expensive ‘joke’.

Customs don’t care anything about your passport and valid date. You have to learn it the hard way by canceling your trip and paying the entire price for it. And.. on top of that, you have to pay for a new ticket. Ah it’s just a mess. And it’s kind of weird as well, as if you don’t longer look like the person in your passport photo.