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Address37, Rue Jacques Bugnicourt
Dakar
Senegal
Phonelocal: 338.490.360
international: +221.338.490.360
Faxlocal: 338.217.084
international: +221.338.217.084
Emaildak@minbuza.nl
Web sitehttp://www.nlambassadedakar.org/
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» Can I visit the Netherlands without a visa?

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Apostle Timothy
Fri, 7 Oct 2016 01:03 EDT
An enquiry
Can someone apply for visa without invitation letter?
BABAJIDE OLOPADE
Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:24 EDT
REQUEST FOR ADVISE
Good day, i am babajide hope olopade, a Nigerian national (passport number A02603853) with residence status in the republic of Sierra Leone.

I write to request your advise on my visa application ( ref number BENG/110515/0030), that was disapproved recently by the Belgium embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

I was invited by Mr Tijs Swets of Swets Handel & Scheepvaart BV to inspect marine vessels after much telephone discussions and email correspondences on the feasibility and viability of developing business relations between my company Omega Trading Enterprises in Sierra Leone and their company.

I was consequently advised by my intended hosts to submit my visa application in Nigeria, being that am Nigerian. I have previous experiences of submitting my application in Senegal where i was issued with a 90 days schengen visa in October 2009. It was during this first visit that i had commenced exploring potential business opportunities between Sierra Leone and the Netherlands by showcasing to potential clients, souvenir pieces of diamonds which i legally exported out of Sierra Leone and declared upon entry into the schengen area at Brussels airport.

I can confirm that during my first visit, i comported myself in the expected manner and reported to the immigration police department as advised by the consular in Dakar, Senegal. I also left the country before the expiration of my visa as expected.

It is on this basis that i have been working assiduously as a creative entrepreneur, to establish business contacts in the Netherlands, which can be harnessed to the development of the Sierra Leonean maritime industry and private sector in general.

I submitted my application at a Belgian visa processing office in Lagos Nigeria on the 11th of may 2015 and i had to wait for almost 7 weeks while the intended date of travel and meetings which was slated for 17th-24th June 2015 had elapsed before my passport was returned to me without the much expected visa being approved.

I have perused and translated the letter which was issued as reasons for the refusal to approve the visa application, and i have decided to write to seek your advise while i present a defense against the allegations contained in the letter.

I have decided to comment on the issues as follows,

1) Proof of residence status and ability to return to Sierra Leone and Nigeria at anytime

As stated earlier, i live and work in Sierra Leone, and i have been married to Mrs Evelyn Ruth Olopade, a Sierra Leonean national whose elder sister Joyce Abigail Sesay (staff of the international criminal court, Den Haag) issued an invitation to visit her in 2009. Our marriage is blessed with a son.
I have also developed a residential building for my family, on a Government leased land, while i await the processing of my freehold on the property. All documents to support these were presented with my application
I am a Nigerian citizen with family ties in Nigeria, hence i can return to Nigeria anytime as i have come here now to apply for a visa
I have a valid residence status, which qualifies me for entry into the Republic of Sierra Leone at anytime

2) Proof of commercial activities in Sierra Leone that generate income

I operate a government recognized sole proprietorship in Sierra Leone (Omega Trading Enterprises), which utilizes cutting edge information and communication tools to track ship movements worldwide to stimulate demand for bunker fuel supplies by ship owners/managers/charterers. My business possess strategic alliances with various globally recognized bunker fuel refiners, physical suppliers, traders and brokers who satisfy the demands of my existing and potential clients.
My income is derived from accrued commissions from bunker fuel sales which i generate for my strategic partners.
I am also involved in diesel trading within the economy of Sierra Leone., documents to support these claims were also submitted with my application.

3) On commercial purpose of trip

As i stated earlier, my hosts Mr Tijs Swets of Swets Handel & Scheepvaart BV, had been in contact with me and we both appreciate the potentials inherent in developing further business relations between both sides, this is what prompted him to invite me for a familiarization, inspection and preliminary negotiations visit.
I want to state here that if embassies and consular offices continue to refuse visa applications from well meaning entrepreneurs on the basis of non physically present proof of exchange of goods, then many viable business initiatives will be destroyed before they commence and thereby frustrate various governments and private sectors aims at globalizing their economies.
Fortunately, during my frustrating wait in Lagos for my application to be processed, Mr Tijs Swets visited Nigeria, and we met at he Sheraton Hotels, Lagos, where we discussed potential business in West Africa generally and he also expressed his dissatisfaction with the delay in the Belgian authorities way of handling my application. He left with an assurance that he will seek advise on ways forward to aid our business relations.

4) On the authenticity of presented documents

I want to confirm that all documents i presented to support my applications are verifiable with the appropriate authorities in Sierra Leone, as i have and will continue to be a law abiding resident in Sierra Leone with no criminal intentions or records.

Having stated these, i seek your sincere advise and co-operation to encourage well meaning business and social entrepreneurs who have the potential to create and develop viable business opportunities that will support the growth of developing and developed economies such as Europe and West Africa.

I look forward to your prompt response, as Mr Tijs Swets, has advised that i present another visa applications for consideration. He has sent me a checklist of documents required for an application, and i can confirm to you that they are not different from what i submitted in Lagos, to the Belgium visa application centre, which resulted in the denial of a visa.

My trip to, and stay in Nigeria has been time and resources consuming as it is, and i will like to hear from your esteemed organization before i decide if i have to make any other applications in Nigeria, as i am not receptive to the judgements of the Belgian embassy in Nigeria on the processing of my application.

Kind Regards,

BABAJIDE HOPE OLOPADE
Jim Jobe
Sun, 28 Jul 2013 05:30 EDT
ABOUT VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
Sir/Madam, am giving an acceptance to attend an international youth forum of IFBDO,he Netherlands starting from August 29-September 1st of 2013. I received the invitation this friday to represent my organization in the congress. I made to understand that the application may take up to six to eight weeks. Am a Gambian and i need an advice urgent. hope to hearing from you soon
Almame Touray
Sat, 4 May 2013 07:33 EDT
Delay in transaction
Why the visa transaction taking too long to respond .I did applied and it's taken two months now with a reply. You said the maximum time for any visa transaction will take six to eight weeks but this is not the case.
peter swevels
Fri, 6 Jan 2012 05:59 EST
oplichting
Geachte Heren, ik heb van jullie een brief gehad dat ik waarschijnlijk ben opgelicht en dat ik al mn geld kwijt ben maar die personen hebben me nu uitgenodigd om de laatste deel in Senegal te komen betalen en ik wil als deze mensen inderdaad oplichters zijn dat ze ook gepakt gaan worden en daar wil ik aan mee werken zodat jullie ze op heterdaad kunnen laten oppakken ik hoop dat ik hier uw medewerking kan krijgen en dat ik dan geholpen wordt deze boeven te vangen laat mij even weten wat U daarvan vindt

met vriendelijke groeten peter swevels
Wisdom
Tue, 23 Aug 2011 12:16 EDT
Refugee camp in Dakar
Pls sir,Help me by checking whether Miss Happines Desmond is among of the girl in the refugee camp in Dakar and also help me by checking the name of a pastor in that refugee camp.email me through wisdomeffiong@yahoo.com or pls call +2347066084800.thanks

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