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What you need to know about visa ‘Connection Men’ or ‘Visa Contractors’

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, What you need to know about visa ‘Connection Men’ or ‘Visa Contractors’, Frederick Nuetei

It is estimated that, about $200,000 is wasted daily in Ghana on non-refundable visa fees. It’s this same money that is given to us back as an aid.

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Here are some secrets you need to know about visa connection men or visa contractors.

1. There is nothing like ‘connection’ when it comes to Visas acquisition

‘Connection men’ are not connection men as they are known. They do not have any connections to the embassies as they claim. Even employees of the various embassies do not have the capacity to influence a visa decision.

Usually, decisions to issue visas are a sole responsibility of selected consular officers.

2. They do not influence your application positively in any way

In no way can they positively influence the outcome of your application. If you take any promise by a ‘connection’ man seriously, you may end up committing suicide.

Whatever they do is a ‘try your luck’ or 50/50 affair.

3. ‘Connection men’ have no knowledge in travel and tourism business

These so-called ‘connection men’ practically have no knowledge in travel and tourism business. A nurse was advised by a connection man to travel to a foreign country to pursue her nursing profession. Others have been advised that they can get admissions while in a foreign country to further their education. Graduates have been told that jobs are easily acquired with their certificates while in other countries. All these are false advises.

Travel visas have their own restrictions. The visitor/tourist visas you are traveling on do not permit you to carry on any job, school, or even engage in any other paid activities.

4. They are confident charlatans

They are quick to study your desperation or shortfalls and find a smart way to let you fall to their tricks. They usually answer ‘YES’ to all questions.

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Accessing how fraudulent a ‘connection man’ is, I deliberately asked one question; “Can I enter the UK with a Schengen visa you are advertising?” and the answer was ‘YES’!

Meanwhile, UK who is planning to leave EU isn’t part of the Schengen treaty.

5. They can risk your chances of getting visas

These men do not have any knowledge in visa acquisition and may complete your application forms with false information that will rather risk your chances of getting visas now and in the future.

Many travel wishers have received bans from various embassies for providing false documents and information in their visa applications. It becomes difficult for you to apply for visa yourself after a connection man works on it. You do not know the exact information he/she gave to the embassy at the time of applying your first application.

Conflicting information equals lies and this usually comes along with a ban.

6. They are only interested in your money

Yes, it’s all about the cash. They will speak beguiling words to rip you off your lifetime savings. Interesting reasons on why advance payment has to be made are always given.

Some travel agencies advertise packages they cannot deliver. They lure travel wishers with radio and TV commercials to pay some amount (usually around 100 to 300usd) to register their interest in a package. Because this registration amount sounds a penny to a travel wisher, thousands of people rush in to make payment. Be informed that they are only interested in these initial payments.

When Ghana was playing against England in the UK in 2011, some agencies made fortunes out of it. Thousands of people rushed to make deposits in a bid to witness the international friendly match. A particular agency recorded over 10,000 registrations of £100 each – and that amount to a whooping £1m.

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You will be shocked to know that I was at Wembley during the match and both seats on my left and right were empty. So many seats were empty.

Tickets meant for people who paid £100 to register their interest were sold about three times the price prior to kick off.

7. They need visas themselves

Some of these ‘connection men’ do not even have passports and they are interested in traveling themselves but have no means or little knowledge as to how to obtain visas. This is not an advice to pay people with travel experiences to assist you with travel visas. The fact that they travel to and fro in a country as many times they wish do not mean they could influence your visa application in any way.

A popular ‘connection man’ who was heard on radio everywhere advertising UK visas was seen going through his own NOTICE OF IMMIGRATION DECISION, popular known as ‘Refusal Letter’.

8. The embassies do not give accreditation to ‘connection men’ or travel agencies

Most at times, you hear on radio that a travel agency has been accredited by an embassy to send people to participate in or witness a particular event. Some of these adverts are false information they are sending out there just to put you on your heels to give them cash.

If they claim they have been accredited to send people on a particular mission, call the embassy to authenticate this. I bet they will smile and answer a big NO.

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9. You could end up in jail

The very day you hand your travel life into the hands of a ‘connection man’, see yourself as a wanted criminal. Many are serving jail terms and others have suffered in the hands of the police and the judiciary service.

‘Connection men’ usually make up their applications with fake documents and information which warrant an arrest.

They are selfish and only interested in their monies and not your travel. When they are able to manoeuvre their way through with the fake documents, which is not likely, they make huge money forgetting about the problems you would go through if they fail.

10. Loss of documents

Consider your documents lost because as he/she plays hide and seek with you, it’s likely he won’t be able to hand over your documents to you. Some ‘visa contractors’ handle so many documents and easily misplace some of them. As you have been hearing and reading in the media, it’s quiet expensive and difficult to obtain a Ghanaian passport. Handle them with much care.

*In my next article, I will talk about what you can do if you have suffered in one way or the other in the hands of these ‘connection men’. I’ll also write about how you can obtain all the travel visas you need on your own.

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Frederick Nuetei Nortey known professionally as Frederick Nortey is a Ghanaian Celebrity Blogger and publicist.He founded fredericknuetei.com an entertainment website and blog that primarily publishes news about Ghanaian Celebrities.

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What is new in iOS 15?

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Apple in June 2021 introduced the latest version of its iOS operating system, iOS 15, which was released on September 20. iOS 15 introduces new features for FaceTime calls, tools to reduce distractions, a new notifications experience, added privacy features, complete redesigns for Safari, Weather, and Maps, and more.

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Notifications have been redesigned in iOS 15, adding contact photos for people and larger icons for apps. To reduce distraction, a notification summary collects notifications together for delivery at an appropriate time and arranges notifications by priority.

This year’s update is also a bit different because you don’t have to update to iOS 15. If you’re fine with iOS 14, Apple won’t force you to make the jump to iOS 15. You’ll still receive security patches. Some people will simply dismiss iOS 15 altogether.

It seems like a small change but it actually says a lot about the current state of iOS. Apple considers iOS as a mature platform. Just like you don’t have to update your Mac to the latest version of macOS if you don’t want to, you can now update at your own pace.

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iOS should also be considered as a mature platform for app developers. iOS 15 adoption will be slower than usual as people won’t necessarily update to iOS 15 right away. Apps should potentially work on older iOS versions for longer.

, What is new in iOS 15?, Frederick Nuetei

Of course, users will ‘update’ to a new version of iOS when they buy a new iPhone and replace their old iPhone.

Focusing on you instead of your phone

One of the biggest change in iOS 15 is the ability to change your Focus from Control Center. It’s a surprisingly powerful feature with a lot of options and tweaks. I would say it doesn’t feel like an Apple feature.

But it’s definitely one of the most interesting features of iOS 15. Chances are you spend a lot of time with your phone and your device requires a lot of attention from you. With this new feature, it reverses the balance and puts you back in charge.

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‘Do Not Disturb’ users are already quite familiar with the idea that you can silence notifications when you don’t want them. If you want to keep using ‘moon mode’ with iOS 15, you don’t have to change anything.

But you can now create additional Focuses. By default, Apple suggests a few Focuses — Work, Sleep, Driving, Fitness, Gaming, Mindfulness, Personal and Reading. Each Focus is customizable to your needs and you can create new Focuses from scratch.

When you turn on a specific Focus, it basically blocks notifications by default. You can then add people and apps so that notifications from those people and apps still go through. App developers can also mark a notification as time sensitive so that it always goes through. I hope they won’t abuse that feature.

There are three more settings that you can activate. First, you can optionally share that your notifications are currently silenced in Messages and compatible third-party apps. Second, you can hide home screen pages altogether. Third, you can hide notifications from the lock screen and hide badges from the home screen.

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Focus gets particularly interesting when you realize that you can couple specific Focuses with automation features. For instance, you can automatically turn on ‘Sleep’ at night or you can automatically turn on ‘Work’ when you arrive at work.

Power users will also have a lot of fun setting up a Focus and pairing it with a Shortcut. For instance, you could use Shortcuts to open the Clock app when you turn on Sleep mode. You get it, this new feature has a lot of depth and beta users have just started scratching the surface.

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How to set your iPhone Do Not Disturb settings

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, How to set your iPhone Do Not Disturb settings, Frederick Nuetei

Do Not Disturb is a helpful iPhone setting for periods when you do not want to be interrupted, such as meetings, formal events or at night. This setting only has an effect if your iPhone is locked. 

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You can schedule Do Not Disturb to repeat at the same time each day, and to set exceptions for certain types of calls to ring through. Understanding Do Not Disturb can help you prevent your iPhone from making unwanted disruptions in your day-to-day life. Thankfully, it’s easy to enjoy the positive parts of Do Not Disturb while still ensuring those important calls come through.

Set up Do Not Disturb

There are two ways to set up Do Not Disturb on your iPhone: turning it on and off one time, or having it turn on and off on a schedule. To turn it on just once, you can swipe up on your iPhone and press the moon button. When you’re ready to turn it off, just click the moon button again.

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To have Do Not Disturb stick to a schedule, you’ll need to go to your settings and scroll down to Do Not Disturb. Here, you’ll have an option to schedule it to turn on and off at whatever time you’d like.

Make your exceptions

You might want to make exceptions to Do Not Disturb, like I do for my roommate and my immediate family members. To do that, you’ll want to first decide who should and should not make the list. Is it really important for all of your friends to be able to contact you while your Do Not Disturb is on? That’s your call!

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Open the contact card

The first step you’ll have to take is to open up the contact card of the people you want to be able to contact you even when your Do Not Disturb is on.

Edit

Click “Edit” on the contact you choose. This will allow you to change anything about the contact, including their name, number, notes, and, yes, even bypassing a Do Not Disturb order.

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Emergency bypass

Next, you’ll scroll down and click “ringtone.” You’ll see an option at the very top labeled “Emergency Bypass,” which allows sounds and vibrations from that contact even when Do Not Disturb is on. It’s important to note here, that it bypasses everything. That means if you don’t have Do Not Disturb on but your ring switch is set to silent, sounds and vibrations will still come through from this person. Once you’re all set, you’ll click “Done.” Voila! Now, you won’t be disturbed — except by the people you want to be disturbed by.

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